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East End Arts Announces Association With Music Legend NILE RODGERS (posted March 14, 2016)

East End Arts Announces Association With Music Legend NILE RODGERS (posted March 14, 2016)

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East End Arts Announces Association With Music Legend
Impacting the East End with Music and Community – Spring & Summer 2016

(RIVERHEAD, NY, March 14, 2016) –– East End Arts is thrilled to announce it is working closely with Grammy-winning music legend Nile Rodgers on a variety of upcoming projects and events in the Spring and Summer of 2016 that will greatly impact the music scene and the community of the East End of Long Island.

The career of Nile Rodgers is one of the most enduring and prolific in music. Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with "Good Times," distinguished CHIC as the "most sampled band in history" (The Guardian, 2011), 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. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (Let's Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (diana), and Sister Sledge (We Are Family), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Additionally, Nile is the Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF).

Through a connection that has blossomed into a strong partnership, the legendary “hitmaker” and the community arts organization have worked closely to:
• Offer new music scholarship opportunities to minority youth on the East End with a generous donation to the scholarship fund at the East End Arts School by Nile Rodgers Productions.
• Involve local musicians in the FOLD Music Festival to be held August 12-14 at Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork, with opportunities to perform on the Main Stage alongside Nile Rodgers.
• Present a “Master Class” with Nile Rodgers to the public, where the community will learn about songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry directly from the “hitmaker”, which will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, NY.
• Offer Nile Rodger's wisdom on the music industry and his experiences with a Keynote Address at East End Arts ARTworks Gala which will also be held on Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 PM at the East Wind in Wading River, NY.
For more information about each of these programs, please read below.

Nile Rodgers comments about this special relationship with East End Arts: "I am so glad to be partnering with East End Arts and their mission of community enrichment through the arts and education. 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."

East End Arts Executive Director Patricia Snyder comments about this partnership with Nile Rodgers: “I am thrilled to be working with Nile Rodgers and the good people of the Nile Rodgers Production team. What a wonderful, inspiring group of individuals. The East End of Long Island is truly fortunate to have this amazing partnership, and I welcome them with open arms!”

Music Scholarship Opportunities
Thanks to Nile Rodgers Productions, there are new scholarship opportunities now available at the East End Arts School for minority youth. The East End Arts School, part of East End Arts, is located at 141 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY and has been a center for visual and performing arts education since 1995. Offering music lessons in private and in group settings for all ages and levels, their music education program is among the most comprehensive on the East End. For more information about the East End Arts School and to apply for a scholarship, visit

Local Musicians at the FOLD (Freak Out Let's Dance) Music Festival: August 2016
East End Arts will be screening local musicians for the special opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at this highly anticipated music festival, alongside the hitmaker himself, Nile Rodgers! The FOLD Festival will be held at Martha Clara Vineyards again in 2016, this year over three days from August 12 through August 14. More information about this opportunity coming soon.

Nile Rodgers Master Class: Saturday, May 7, 3:00 PM
East End Arts will present this special talk with legendary “hitmaker” Nile Rodgers on songwriting, guitar playing and the music industry, followed by a Q&A session. This not-to-be-missed event is open to the public and is perfect for musicians, music lovers, and all community members interested in any aspect of the music industry. The event will be held at the Suffolk Theater, located at 118 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY on Saturday, May 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. For more information, and to purchase tickets before this event sells out, visit

Nile Rodger's Keynote Address at ARTworks: East End Arts Spring Gala: Saturday, May 7, 6:00 PM
Nile Rodgers will discuss his life in the music industry in a Keynote Address at East End Arts Spring Gala which will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 6:00 to 11:00 PM at East Wind, located at 5720 New York Rte 25A, Wading River, NY. This exciting celebratory evening is a major fundraising event for East End Arts (EEA) and celebrates the future of the arts on the East End while honoring generous supporter Bank of America with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing featuring One Love; and live and silent auctions with Nicholas Dawes of Heritage Auctions and frequent appraiser on "Antiques Roadshow". All proceeds benefit EEA's mission to build and enrich our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration. Lead sponsor of this event is Bank of America, with additional support from Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, Içim & Mark Miller of Miller Environmental Group, Hotel Indigo East End, Peconic Landing, Dan's Papers, northforker, Empire National Bank, Farrell Fritz Attorneys, Hamptons Art Hub, and Long Island Game Farm. More information and tickets are available at

For more information, contact East End Arts at 631-727-0900.

For more information about Nile Rodgers, please contact Fran DeFeo PR at
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.