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Breaking News: Dick Clark Dead At 82

Following surgery at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday night, Dick Clark suffered a “massive” heart attack and died.

Despite a stroke in December  2004, he continued performing.

Clark began his career at 17 as a radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, NY. “American Bandstand,” was on air 32 years (1957-1989). “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” started in 1972; now hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

“Dick Clark was significant in transforming the record business into an international industry,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a citation. “His weekly televised record hops — which predated MTV by 25 years — played an integral role in establishing rock and roll, keeping it alive and shaping its future.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

World Premiere of “An Affair of the Heart”

Pop Icon Rick Springfield to Appear Live at the 2012 Florida Film Festival for World Premiere of “An Affair of the Heart” 

The 2012 Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, announced today that rock idol Rick Springfield will attend the World Premiere of AN AFFAIR OF THEHEART. Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Caminer and mega-fan turned executive producer Melanie Lentz-Janney bring us face-to-face with this Grammy® Award-winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author. The music doc spotlights Springfield’s most fervent fans as passionate about him today as they were when “Jessie’s Girl” was #1 in the early ‘80s. The film has garnered a prestigious position as one of 10 competing feature documentaries in a record-breaking year for Festival entries.

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The Recording Academy Statement re: Mike Melvoin

Mike Melvoin was a talented pianist, composer and performer who worked with hundreds of artists during his 50-year-plus career. He was a GRAMMY®-nominated musician who collaborated with artists such as the Beach Boys, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, and Barbra Streisand, among others. His musical talents extended into film and TV, including the scores of several movies and television specials. He was an active member of The Recording Academy® and served as Chairman/President from 1983–1985, and was instrumental in the creation and growth of the MusiCares® Foundation. The Academy is grateful for his contributions, his passion, and his unwavering belief in its missions. We have lost a dear friend, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and fans.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Battle Isn’t Over Because They’re Home

“The Battle Isn’t Over Because They’re Home… It’s Just The Beginning Of Victory”

– Understanding the Impact a Returning War Deployed Soldier Has on the Family –

(North Carolina – December 8, 2011) Self-Published Author, Kimberly Michele Durham, answers what’s next in her book “The Battle Isn’t Over Because They’re Home… It’s Just The Beginning Of Victory.” This quick, easy read, is packed with information and will stir discussion between those faced with deployment.  Read the rest of this entry

Carrie Underwood to Perform at 2012 CMA Music Festival

The iconic CMA Music Festival will once again take over the Downtown Nashville campus for four days this summer, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2012. The event that USA Today calls “the crown jewel of Country Music festivals” started in 1972 as Fan Fair®. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become Nashville’s signature music event, which annually attracts thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised millions of dollars for music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The event will once again be filmed for an ABC Television special airing later in the summer, shining a national spotlight on both the Country Music format and Music City USA.

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Academy Awards $455,000 to U.S. Film Festivals in 2012

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year.

The Cleveland International Film Festival will receive a multiyear grant totaling $150,000 over a three-year period, for its Focus on Filmmakers program. The Chicago International Film Festival is in its second multigrant year, for its World Cinema Spotlight program.

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15 Documentary Features Advance in 2011 Oscar® Race

Out of the 124 pictures that had qualified in the Documentary Feature category, 15 films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards® Read the rest of this entry