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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Small Cap Investor's Snapshot of Smart TV Consumer Electronics Stocks; OTC: NYXO, SNE, (SSNLF.PK)

A Small Cap Investor's Snapshot of Smart TV Consumer Electronics Stocks; OTC: NYXO, SNE, (SSNLF.PK)

"From Small Things, Big Things One Day Come"… Bruce Springsteen

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POINT ROBERTS - August 29, 2011 - www.InvestorIdeas.com, a global investor research portal for independent investors features this week small cap and microcap trading and commentary for Consumer electronics Smart TV/ Connected TV stocks featuring OTC: NYXO, NYSE: SNE and (SSNLF.PK).

For investors researching consumer electronic and tech stocks, Investorideas.com provides insight into microcap and large cap stocks within each sector, giving investors opportunity to invest in safety of large caps and the higher risk reward of the small and microcap markets.

As we are reminded by a notable Icon of our generation -

"From Small Things, Big Things One Day Come"… Bruce Springsteen

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How big is the Smart TV/ Connected TV opportunity? According to a report, Global Connected Consumer Electronics (CE) Devices Market Forecastfrom Strategy Analytics, "Our latest research of global consumer electronics markets indicates that global CE device revenues will reach $468 billion in 2011, a growth rate of 6% over 2010. Forecasts for 2011 represent a positive growth rate of 19% in unit sales. For connected (network-enabled) CE devices we expect 30% unit growth in 2011 and 15% market value growth to reach $332 Billion."

They also note, "Sixty-seven percent of all FPTV units sold in 2015 will be Connected TVs."

So who are some of the publicly trade players going after market share? Big companies include Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Samsung's (KSE) 005930, (SSNLF.PK) with smaller companies like Nyxio Technologies (OTC: NYXO) entering the space as well.

Nyxio Technologies (OTC: NYXO) recently reported in its August 18 th news release, "The consumer electronics industry is rapidly growing, and we are excited to be a part of the next generation of truly smart televisions on the market," said Giorgio Johnson, founder and CEO of Nyxio. "The VioSphere Smart TV is the first of its kind and we want to continue inventing forward-thinking and state-of-the-art solutions for home use."

Samsung's (KSE) 005930, (SSNLF.PK) general manager, Audio Visual Division, Samsung Gulf Electronics Uustin Shaw, recently commented, "Since the launch of Samsung's Smart TVs in the UAE, sales have increased almost 4% every month. We have recognized several factors that have created demand for Smart TVs in the UAE; including advanced technology infrastructure and a rise of tech-savvy consumers."

Nyxio Technologies (OTC: NYXO) was established in 2007 to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge products to the consumer electronics industry. Nyxio identifies gaps in the market and develops creative products to fill those voids, such as with the world's first integrated flat screen TV and full PC, the VioSphere Smart TV. In addition, by consolidating key hardware into more efficient devices, Nyxio not only reduces the overall environmental footprint of end users, but keeps products reasonably priced. Headquartered in Portland, OR, Nyxio Technologies is a publicly traded company with more than 15 knowledgeable employees. For more information visit: www.nyxio.com.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Music Stocks; PANDORA (NYSE: P) PRICES INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

Music Stocks; PANDORA (NYSE: P) PRICES INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

OAKLAND, Calif., June 15, 2011 - Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P), the leader in internet radio in the United States, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of approximately 14.7 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of $16.00 per share. A total of approximately 6.0 million shares are being offered by Pandora, and a total of approximately 8.7 million shares are being offered by selling stockholders. In addition, Pandora has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to approximately an additional 2.2 million shares to cover over-allotments, if any. Pandora will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders.



The bookrunning managers of the offering are Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC. Co-lead manager of the offering is Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and co-managers are William Blair and Company, L.L.C., Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Pandora common stock will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "P."



The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from the offices of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, or by email at prospectus@morganstanley.com, or by telephone at (866) 718-1649; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, or by telephone at (866) 803-9204.



This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.



About Pandora

Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers Pandora's personalization – using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the United States turn on Pandora to hear music they love.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

American Idol Star Paul McDonald’s Music to be used in Chad Verdi's Feature Film, Loosies

Investorideas.com interviews Businessman / Producer Chad A. Verdi as he heads to the Cannes Film Festival to oversee the sale of his three feature films
American Idol Star Paul McDonald’s Music to be used in Chad Verdi's Feature Film, Loosies


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April 20, 2011 – www.Investorideas.com, a leader in sector research including music and entertainment, releases the following Q&A interview with featured up and coming Businessman / Producer Chad A. Verdi. Verdi is President and CEO of both Verdi Productions and the Woodhaven Production Company.

Verdi Productions is in the final stages of post production on its feature film Loosies. The film’s blockbuster cast includes Peter Facinelli, (Twilight), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Vicent Gallo (Bufferlo 66) ,Joe Pantoliano (Matrix) ,William Forsythe (The Rock) and Christy Carlson Roma (Infected).

Chad A. Verdi the company's CEO and the films producer reports he also recently signed American Idol star Paul McDonald. McDonald's music to be used in Verdi's feature film Loosies.

Interview
Q- Investorideas.com
Can you give us some background on Verdi Productions and The Woodhaven Production Company?

A: Managing Partner and Producer; Chad A. Verdi
VP was founded in 2009 as an independent and fully-funded media production company based in New York City and RI. We currently have three movies in the pipeline and we are just finishing our first feature film Loosies. VP will produce the bigger budget films while; The Woodhaven Production Company will focus on films under 2.5 million dollars. WHP produced and filmed two features in 2010 and both will be release later this year. Both companies are positioning themselves to be a serious contender in the film industry.

Q- Investorideas.com
For a new company in the entertainment industry, you have attracted some very impressive names and talent to your team. Can you give our readers some examples of the range of talent in your portfolio of movies, Inkubus, Loosies, and Infected?

A: Managing Partner and Producer; Chad A. Verdi
We are extremely excited about the caliber of talent already signed and on board in both VP and WHP.

We have some great actors that include names like Peter Facinelli ( Twilight / New Moon / The Scorpion King, Loosies ) Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs / Kill Bill: Vol. 1 / Kill Bill: Vol.2 Loosies, Infected), Vicent Gallo ( Buffalo '66 / The Brown Bunny / Tetro/ Loosies ), Joe Pantoliano ( Memento / The Matrix / The Fugitive/ Loosies ), (Jaimie Alexander Thor /Rest Stop / Ground, Loosies / The Other Side) (William Forsythe, The Rock / Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo / Raising Arizona and Inkubus that are under are VP company. Robert Englund (Freddy vs. Jason / A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child / Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Inkubus), Christy Carlson Romano (Guiding Light / The Cutting Edge, Mirrows two.: Going for the Gold / The Even Stevens Movie, Loosies) Jonathan Silverman, (Weekend at Bernie's / 12:01 / Brighton Beach Memoirs, Inkubus) Joey Fatone (My Big Fat Greek Wedding , Music Group n sync, Inkubus) and Michelle Ray Smith (Salt and Inkubus).


Q- Investorideas.com
Any other big names involved in your movies?

A: Managing Partner and Producer; Chad A. Verdi
Yes, I just signed a deal with American Idol star Paul McDonald. We will be using many of his songs in our film Loosies.


Q- Investorideas.com
He is one of my favorites, an artist that I would buy. How did that come about?


A: Managing Partner and Producer; Chad A. Verdi
Peter Facinielli who is very good friends with Niki Reed, who is also in Twilight, told Peter about Paul's music. Peter then sent his music to me and my wife Michelle, who is the head of music and talent for both companies. My wife loved his music and gave the ok to sign him. She feels that Paul's music brings Loosies to life.


Q- Investorideas.com
Can you tell us what stage the companies are at right now and what can audiences expect to see in the future?

A: Managing Partner and Producer; Chad A. Verdi
Our WHP Company just completed, a horror film entitled "Inkubus", starring Robert Englund. and Whilliam Forsythe and is in post production on its second horror film Infected, staring Michael Madsen and Christy Carlson Romano. Both films will be released in 2011.



VP, is in the final stages of post with "Loosies," the tale of a New York pick pocket that began filming July 15th 2010, that includes stars like Peter Facinelli, Michael Madsen, Vicent Gallo, Joe Pantoliano and Jaimie Alexander with Michael Corrente directed. Loosies will also be release in 2011.

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Q- Investorideas.com

In terms of selling the films, who is representing you?



A: Managing Partner and Producer; Chad A. Verdi

I am in the final stages of signing some of the most respected sales agents in the business and will release that information at a later date. I am also heading to the Cannes Film Festival in May, were we willing be selling oversea territories for each film. There has been a lot of attention and interest in all three films.





Bio for Chad A. Verdi:

Mr. Verdi is an Entrepreneur that at the early age of 18 years old Mr. Verdi acquired his first business, a RI television listing newspaper called TV Facts that is still in publication today.

By the age of 21 Verdi acquired several other businesses in the food service sector throughout RI. By age 30, Verdi owned, co-owned or had investments in over a dozen businesses that ranged from food and toy manufacturing to restaurants and hi-tech developments in the biotechnology field.

Over the last 13 years, Mr. Verdi has been involved in over 750 million dollars in business mergers, reverse mergers, start-ups and acquisitions and currently owns, co-owns or has investments in more than two dozen businesses in diversified industries with more than 500 local employees and sales of more than $100 million nationwide. He also holds a large real estate portfolio that includes the 175-year-old former United Methodist Church in East Greenwich where the constitution of RI was adopted.

View the full company profile for Verdi Corrente Productions (VCP):

http://www.investorideas.com/CO/VCP/

About the Verdi Productions and Woodhaven Production Company:


Both Verdi Productions and The Woodhaven Production Company are fully funded film production companies, covering all aspects of filmmaking from conception of script through postproduction.

Contact: Chad A. Verdi, President, The Woodhaven Production Company: 401-884-0655

http://www.thewpconline.com/


Michelle L. Verdi, Head of Music and Talent http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4090091/

Music News; Clear Channel Radio Releases iHeartRadio App for iPad on the App Store

Music News; Clear Channel Radio Releases iHeartRadio App for iPad on the App Store


NEW YORK--http://musicinvestornews.blogspot.com/
--Clear Channel Radio today announced that its new iHeartRadio App for iPad is now available on the App Store.

“iHeartRadio has been an incredibly successful app for iPhone because we’ve focused on how our listeners want to interact with their favorite music”

.With the new iHeartRadio App, iPad users can listen to Clear Channel’s 750 digital radio stations from 150 cities, along with the company’s digital-only commercial-free stations, and take advantage of new and enhanced features, including:
•Sharing stations and videos via Facebook, Twitter and email;

•Displaying a station’s Twitter feed when users listen to the station;

•Previewing what a station is playing by pressing its logo;

•Enabling users to save favorite stations and songs;

•Conducting a slideshow of artists as their songs play;

•Searching for a station by location, name or music genre.

The iHeartRadio App can also be streamed wirelessly via AirPlay to Apple TV from iPad. All stations are streamed in ACC format for a high-quality listening experience.
“Based on listener feedback, we have reimagined the iHeartRadio App experience by taking advantage of iPad’s screen size and wonderfully simple and intuitive interface,” said Robert Pittman, Chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms for Clear Channel. “The iHeartRadio App for iPad is the most complete and engaging digital radio experience possible – it recasts the radio experience in a compelling visual way, and enables users to engage more deeply with their favorite stations and favorite artists.”

“iHeartRadio has been an incredibly successful app for iPhone because we’ve focused on how our listeners want to interact with their favorite music,” said John Hogan, CEO of Clear Channel Radio. “Now, the iHeartRadio App for iPad represents another major step in Clear Channel’s leadership in the digital space as a company that is capable of leveraging all of our powerful properties and platforms.”
The iHeartRadio App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
About Clear Channel Radio
With 237 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Radio has the largest reach of any media company in America. Clear Channel radio serves 150 cities through 850 radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet, at iheartradio.com, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and iPhones and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.
Contacts

Clear Channel Radio
Wendy Goldberg, 212-549-0965
wendygoldberg@clearchannel.com

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Music/ entertainment Stocks News; Chris Gannett Named Chief Marketing Officer at CKX (NASDAQ: CKXE)

Music/ entertainment Stocks News; Chris Gannett Named Chief Marketing Officer at CKX (NASDAQ: CKXE)

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Brings strong background in global brand management to owner of IDOLS franchise as well as Elvis and Ali rights

NEW YORK--()--Kraig G. Fox, Chief Operating Officer of CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE), today announced that Chris Gannett, a seasoned marketer with broad experience managing global brands, has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer.
“We are convinced there will be exciting growth and innovation under his leadership.”

.“Chris’s experience working with leading consumer and business-to-business brands including Sony Music, Citi, Oreo and Dr Pepper, combined with his strong strategy, digital and partnership expertise make him the ideal CMO for CKX,” said Mr. Fox. “We are convinced there will be exciting growth and innovation under his leadership.”

“I am very excited to be joining CKX at such a pivotal time in the company’s history, marked by the return of Michael G. Ferrel as CEO and appointment of Kraig Fox as COO,” said Mr. Gannett. “I look forward to working with my CKX colleagues to strengthen our brands and drive improved growth across the properties.”

In his role as CMO, Mr. Gannett will be responsible for stewarding CKX’s corporate marketing efforts as well as driving strategy within its portfolio businesses during a time of transition and change in the media and entertainment industries. The company’s existing properties generate recurring revenue across multiple entertainment platforms, including music and television, licensing and merchandising, talent management, themed attractions, and touring/live events.


Mr. Gannett’s track record includes consumer packaged goods, digital media, entertainment, and financial services as well as agency experience. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sony Music Entertainment’s Commercial Music Group, where he led its Strategic Marketing and Business Development unit. Prior to Sony, he served as a Vice President of Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Before that, he held brand marketing positions of increasing operational and financial responsibility at Nabisco and Cadbury Schweppes, among other companies.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Gannett holds an MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from The University of Kansas.
About CKX, Inc.

CKX, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of globally recognized entertainment content. The Company's current properties include the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali and the operations of Graceland. Through its wholly-owned division 19 Entertainment Ltd., CKX owns proprietary rights to the IDOLS and So You Think You Can Dance television brands, including the American Idol series in the United States and local adaptations of the IDOLS and So You Think You Can Dance television show formats which, collectively, air in more than 100 countries, as well as other television properties. Also through 19, CKX has relationships and partnerships with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen, among others. For more information about CKX, Inc., visit its corporate website at www.ckx.com.

Contacts
42West
Allan Mayer, 310-477-4442


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Music Stocks; MakeMusic’s (NASDAQ: MMUS) First Quarter Earnings Conference Call Scheduled for May 4, 2011

Music Stocks; MakeMusic’s (NASDAQ: MMUS) First Quarter Earnings Conference Call Scheduled for May 4, 2011


MINNEAPOLIS--MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) today announced that it will hold a conference call to review operating results for the first quarter of 2011 on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. CDT. The earnings release will be issued following the close of the market that day.
Participants should call 877-840-1316 and reference Conference ID Number 60774927. Two hours after the completion of the conference call, a digital recording will be available for replay by calling 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291 through May 13, 2011.

About MakeMusic, Inc.
MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic® interactive software that is transforming the way students practice. With SmartMusic, students and teachers have access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performance. SmartMusic allows teachers to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student. Additional information about this Minnesota company can be found at www.makemusic.com.


Contacts
MakeMusic, Inc.
Karen VanDerBosch, 952-906-3690
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
kvanderbosch@makemusic.com
 
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The Black Eyed Peas’ Peapod Foundation and Adobe Foundation Launch Youth Academy in New York

The Black Eyed Peas’ Peapod Foundation and Adobe Foundation Launch Youth Academy in New York
Fourth Music and Multimedia Academy Fosters Creativity and Expression for Underserved Youth

Adobe Systems Incorporated  (NasdaqGS: ADBE )

NEW YORK----The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation and the Adobe Foundation are launching a new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy in New York City. Building on the success of existing academies in Oakland, Los Angeles and Redwood City, Calif., the collaboration between the two non-profit foundations focuses on empowering underserved youth. The academies make leading technologies available for art, dance, music and video production which, in turn, nurture self-expression, creativity, community involvement and digital literacy among young people.

“Our passion for music and media was fueled by many generous people on our road to success”

.The New York academy will be located at 21 Howard Street in a facility operated by Urban Arts Partnership, an organization designed to advance the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs. The site will feature professional-grade multimedia creation software and an innovative curriculum developed by Adobe Youth Voices, the signature program of the Adobe Foundation, combined with high-tech music studio tools and a premium recording facility provided by the Peapod Foundation. Through the creation of digital media projects and expression via the performing arts, underprivileged teens are given the opportunity to find their voices, comment on important topical issues and inspire social change in their communities.
Six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artists The Black Eyed Peas – will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie – will officially announce the new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at a private ceremony today. Beginning July 2011, programs and services will be offered for youth ages 13-19. An estimated 150 youth are expected to participate in the academy annually.
“We are thrilled to work with the Peapod Foundation and Adobe Foundation to provide cutting edge programs to our youth,” said Philip Courtney, executive director, Urban Arts Partnership. “The academy will provide our young people with ongoing, multi-year opportunities to advance their artistic, academic and social development and make a difference in the world around them. Our goal is to motivate students to express their views in fresh, powerful ways – whether in a video documentary they produce themselves, a music recording or a dance performance.”
“Our passion for music and media was fueled by many generous people on our road to success,” said will.i.am. “Expanding the network of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies enables us to pay it forward, giving more youth the skills and encouragement they need to realize their dreams.”

“We have seen tremendous results from our youth participants since we first partnered with the Peapod Foundation in August 2009,” said Michelle Mann, executive director, Adobe Foundation. “Not only are these teens building self esteem and exploring their creativity with leading-edge technologies, they are bringing change and awareness to social issues affecting their communities and acquiring the critical, real-world skills they need to prosper in the global 21st century economy.”
The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies have served more than 1,000 teens to date. A fifth site, planned for San Jose, Calif., will be opened later this year. Students from the Redwood City academy have traveled as far as Washington, D.C., and Munich, Germany, to screen and perform their projects at conferences such as the U.S. Department of Education’s National Youth Summit and the Digital Life Design Women's Conference.

About Urban Arts Partnership
Urban Arts Partnership, founded in 1991 as a not-for-profit cultural organization based on the belief that art is essential to human development, education and culture, provides arts education and integration programs to underserved schools and communities throughout New York City. Urban Arts Partnership currently partners with 65 underserved schools, impacting more than 12,000 students annually with the mission of advancing the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap. For the past 18 years, UAP has created in-depth partnerships with schools and communities by implementing art programs that help youth better understand essential academic content while exploring new tools to support their social and emotional development. UAP’s theater, video, visual arts, dance, design, poetry, and music education programs have visited over 250 New York City public schools and engaged more than 30,000 young people, teachers and community members. An emphasis on inquiry-based pedagogy challenges young people to become active learners, eager to exercise critical thinking, leadership and creative skills.


About The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation
The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation encourages social change by uniting people, especially children, through the universal language of music. In 2008, the foundation opened the first Peapod Music & Arts Academy, a state-of-the-art music and educational center and recording facility serving foster care youth and other at-risk teens, at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club. The Peapod Foundation was established as a Charitable Service Fund administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.thepeapodfoundation.com/.


About Adobe Youth Voices
Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth from underserved communities with digital media skills so they can comment on their world, share their ideas and take action on issues that are important to them. By harnessing the energy and insight of youth 13-19 years old, Adobe Youth Voices aims to inspire a dialogue for change in their communities. The program engages youth to express themselves through documentary videos, photography, print media, radio diaries, animation, Web communications and other media. Since 2006, the Adobe Youth Voices global network has grown to more than 700 sites, grantees and organizations in 45 countries, and has engaged more than 76,000 youth and 4,000 educators in schools and out-of-school programs. For more information, visit http://www.youthvoices.adobe.com/.


About the Adobe Foundation
The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created and funded by Adobe Systems Incorporated to leverage human, technological and financial resources to drive social change and community improvements.

Contacts

Adobe Systems Incorporated
Jodi Sorensen, 408-536-2084
jsorensen@adobe.com

or

Edelman

Victoria Chu, 650-762-2834

victoria.chu@edelman.com

or

EIF/The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation

Maurine Slutzky, 213-240-3923

mslutzky@eifoundation.org

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Q&A interview with Illinois based musician, Dan Ross; Walking for Peace and the People of Pine Ridge Reservation April 15th

Investorideas.com presents a recent Q&A interview with Illinois based musician, Dan Ross, as he gets ready for his 2000 mile walk across America for peace and the people of Pine Ridge Reservation in April.
On April 15, Dan Ross begins his walk from Chicago, Illinois to the Oregon coast.
Funds raised from his walk will be donated to the youth of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the non-profit ONE Spirit.
Investorideas.com tells readers what motivates a musician known as "Goofy Guitarist" on YouTube.com to walk for the people of Pine Ridge.
Pine Ridge is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, and is also sadly, the poorest
Q: Investorideas.com
Dan, you walk for peace is in Synchrodestiny with the universe now as we have witnessed one of the most dramatic and peaceful protests by a people in Egypt.
Can you tell us what motivated and inspired you to take on such a challenging endeavor?
A: Dan Ross
Q: Investorideas.com
You have chose the youth of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the building of the Safe House and youth center as your non-profit to dedicate this to. A white youth from Illinois dedicating his walk to the native youth at Pine Ridge is an unexpected storyline; can you tell us how that came to be?
A: Dan Ross
Q: Investorideas.com
Listening to your music, and you are really good by the way, one of your songs is called "Taking action ". Is that how you live your life?
A: Dan Ross
Q: Investorideas.com
We saw with Egypt how the young protesters made effective use of Facebook.com and Twitter.com to get their message and story out. Do you see it playing a big role in your walk and getting donations and awareness?
A: Dan Ross
Q: Investorideas.com
What is your goal in terms of dollar amount you hope to raise with your walk and how can people donate and support what you are doing?
A: Dan Ross
Q: Investorideas.com
Any inspirational words for our readers in closing?
A: Dan Ross
Follow Dan On Facebook
Learn more about Dan's mission at his facebook group:
Dan Ross Walks to the Pacific
Hear Dan's:
http://www.youtube.com/user/goofyguitarist11
ONE Spirit is proud to be able to offer a way for you to directly help a Lakota child, family, or elder in need.
http://www.nativeprogress.org/
ONE Spirit is a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians. We are proud to think of our organization, ONE Spirit, as a group of people who exchange friendship, with American Indians. at present our focus is the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. We invite you to become part of ONE Spirit's network of sponsors, partners, friends and volunteers, to dream with the Lakota people a new dream - and to help the dreams come alive!
Mission
The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.
Follow One Spirit on Twitter
Follow One Spirit's Blog
Jeri Baker
ONE Spirit Executive Director
570-460-6567
jbaker@nativeprogress.org
Diane Capalario
ONE Spirit Assistant Director
dcapalario@nativeprogress.org
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Young YouTube Musician Raises Funds and Awareness for Safe House at Pine Ridge Reservation

February 15, 2011 (Investorideas.com Newswire)- Investorideas.com and its non-profit newswire interviews Illinois based musician, Dan Ross, as he nears his date for his 2000 mile walk across America for peace. Investorideas.com finds out what motivates a musician known as �Goofy Guitarist� on YouTube.com to walk for the people of Pine Ridge.
On April 15, Dan Ross begins his walk from Chicago, Illinois to the Oregon coast.
Funds raised from his walk will be donated to the youth of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the non-profit ONE Spirit.
Pine Ridge is an Oglala Sioux Native American reservation located in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, and is also sadly, the poorest
Q: Investorideas.com
Dan, you walk for peace is in Synchrodestiny with the universe now as we have witnessed one of the most dramatic and peaceful protests by a people in Egypt.
Can you tell us what motivated and inspired you to take on such a challenging endeavor?
A: Dan Ross
Honestly, I was watching "Forrest Gump" one night during the fall of 2010 when I was first struck with the idea to walk across 2/3 of the country. For those of you who are unfortunate enough not to have seen the movie (because it's a good one!), the main character spontaneously decides to run across the entire country, and it is certainly an inspiring moment in the film. Before that night, I had already planned on moving out of my hometown in 2011, in an effort to broaden my horizons and gain a new clarity of mind so that I might discover what I'd like to pursue in life; I just wasn't sure exactly where I would go or how I'd get there. So I would say that I was primed, ready, and waiting for a good idea to come along. All I needed was a spark of inspiration.
What motivates me to take on such a challenging endeavor is the fact that it IS a challenge. I enjoy pushing myself, if for no other reason than to test my own potential. Also, I believe traveling is one of the wisest things a person can do with their time and money- it allows you to learn things which cannot be taught. The possibilities of what I can learn from this journey are more than enough to motivate me to do it.
Q: Investorideas.com
You have chose the youth of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the building of the Safe House and youth center as your non-profit to dedicate this to. A white youth from Illinois dedicating his walk to the native youth at Pine Ridge is an unexpected storyline; can you tell us how that came to be?
A: Dan Ross
Once I was certain that I would walk to the ocean in 2011, I began to think that maybe someone besides myself could benefit from this whole thing. After quite a bit of brainstorming, I was still unable to decide what cause I would walk for. Then, amidst the planning of my route, I noticed I would be walking right through the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, a place which I knew nothing about at the time. So I did a little research, and the information I found was startling and overwhelming- unemployment estimated at 87%, life expectancy of about 50 years, 90% living below the federal poverty level, and teenage suicide rates 3 1/2 times the national average. I couldn't believe that this place was located practically right in the middle of the United States. The fact that I was unaware of the situation at Pine Ridge makes me think that most others living in this country are unaware, as well. From this point on, I was sure that I had found a just cause.
After notifying One Spirit that I would like to help, we decided I should dedicate the walk primarily to the youth on the reservation. If you provide the younger generation with a safer childhood, and more opportunities to learn and grow, it becomes likely that they will want to take action to help the next generation in the same way. If all a child knows growing up is poverty, it's easier to turn to drugs and/or gangs as a way out. I want to help show them something better.
Q: Investorideas.com
Listening to your music, and you are really good by the way, one of your songs is called "Taking action ". Is that how you live your life?
A: Dan Ross
I will admit that I am not always "taking action" in my life, and that I don't mean to either. I like taking the time to think things through and plan carefully to ensure that when I do take action, I get results. However with that being said, there has been a lack of action being taken in my life this past year. I suppose I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but wait, I'm already grown up! 2010 seemed to fly by, and my mind is clouded with uncertainty regarding where I'm going in life. By embarking on this walk, I will take action to gain a new perspective on things, and help the Lakota people in the process.
Q: Investorideas.com
We saw with Egypt how the young protesters made effective use of Facebook.com and Twitter.com to get their message and story out. Do you see it playing a big role in your walk and getting donations and awareness?
A: Dan Ross
Facebook and Twitter are certainly crucial in raising awareness for the walk. One Spirit and myself have already established contact over Facebook with people in other states who are eager to help coordinate the walk and spread the word. Throughout the walk I'll be posting updates on both Facebook and Twitter about where I am and what I'm doing so people can follow along. So if you're interested, join the group! And invite your friends!
Q: Investorideas.com
What is your goal in terms of dollar amount you hope to raise with your walk and how can people donate and support what you are doing?
A: Dan Ross
I would rather not set a specific $ amount for a goal, as the main purpose of the walk is not only to raise money for the youth center One Spirit plans to build on the reservation, but also to raise awareness of the conditions at Pine Ridge. People who have never even heard of the place (like myself before this whole thing got started) need to know about it, because it's right here in America. Even if all I accomplished at the end of the walk was telling everyone about it, I would still consider it a success.
To donate, you can become a sponsor and give a dollar amount per mile, per state, or for the entire trip by visiting the One Spirit website at <www.nativeprogress.org>. Donations can be made through the website using Paypal, or by mailing a check or money order to :
One Spirit
P.O. Box 3209
Rapid City, SD 57709
Additional information regarding the walk can easily be found at the website. Even if you don't have much to give, every little bit counts and is greatly appreciated!
Q: Investorideas.com
Any inspirational words for our readers in closing?
A: Dan Ross
Travel. Go places. Meet people. See and do things you've never seen and done before. It will make you more worldly, which makes you wiser. Staying in the same place for too long without ever leaving, not even for a small weekend trip, will cause your world to shrink around you, and you'll shrink with it. So broaden your horizons, see the world, and be aware of what's going on both near and far and you will be better for it.
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Follow Dan On Facebook
Learn more about Dan's mission at his facebook group:
Dan Ross Walks to the Pacific
Hear Dan's Music:
http://www.youtube.com/user/goofyguitarist11
ONE Spirit is proud to be able to offer a way for you to directly help a Lakota child, family, or elder in need.
http://www.nativeprogress.org/
ONE Spirit is a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians. We are proud to think of our organization, ONE Spirit, as a group of people who exchange friendship, with American Indians. at present our focus is the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. We invite you to become part of ONE Spirit's network of sponsors, partners, friends and volunteers, to dream with the Lakota people a new dream - and to help the dreams come alive!
Mission
The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.
Follow One Spirit on Twitter
Follow One Spirit's Blog
Jeri Baker
ONE Spirit Executive Director
570-460-6567
jbaker@nativeprogress.org
Diane Capalario
ONE Spirit Assistant Director
dcapalario@nativeprogress.org
About Investorideas.com
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Learn more about the non - profits we support and endorse
http://www.investorideas.com/About/Newsletter/CharitableCauses.asp
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800 665 0411
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