East End Arts announced Monday it is working closely with Grammy-winning music artist Nile Rodgers on a variety of upcoming projects and events in the Spring and Summer of 2016 that will impact the music scene and the community of the East End of Long Island.
East End Arts and Mr. Rogers will offer new scholarship opportunities to minority youth through a donation to the scholarship fund at the East End Arts School by Nile Rogers Productions. Local musicians will also become a part of the FOLD Music Festival, held August 12 through August 14 at Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork, including opportunities to perform on the Main Stage with Mr. Rogers. East End Arts and the musician will also present a “Master Class” featuring Mr. Rogers to the public, where the community will learn about songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry directly from the “hitmaker.” That class will be held Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. That event will be followed by the East End Arts ARTworks Gala at 6 p.m. at East Wind in Wading River.
“I am so glad to be partnering with East End Arts and their mission of community enrichment through the arts and education,” says Mr. Rogers. “One universal language unites us all, and that is, The Arts. That is why East End Arts is a prime example of what I believe and stand for. Join me in supporting this wonderful organization and together, through the arts, we can make our world a better place.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Nile Rodgers and the good people of the Nile Rodgers Production team,” says East End Arts Executive Director Patricia Snyder. “The East End of Long Island is truly fortunate to have this amazing partnership, and I welcome them with open arms!”
As the co-founder of CHIC, Mr. Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times,” won CHIC ten Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, and generated groundbreaking pop hits like “Le Freak,” which was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame. He has produced songs for David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, and Sister Sledge, although with Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Peter Gabriel and Michael Jackson. Mr. Rogers is also is the Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF).
For more information, call (631) 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org