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Magical Music For Life Foundation - Application to Conduct an All-Day Children's Sing-a-Thon in Father Duffy Square on May 6th to Benefit the Children's Special Needs Community

WHEREAS, Magical Music for Life Foundation, founded in 1999, is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to: (i) produce a wide range of musical projects that deliver positive messages for children, and (ii) reinforce self-confidence and encourage self-esteem in children by designing projects that enable children to perform/participate in the professional productions; and

WHEREAS, Magical Music for Life Foundation, with the assistance of a teen steering committee, proposes to produce Tunes in Times Square concert in Father Duffy Square on May 6th in order to raise awareness and funds for the children with special needs community; and

WHEREAS, Tunes in Times Square will take the form of an all-day children's karaoke-style sing-a-thon beginning at 10 AM (with venue set-up and check-in of singers preceding start time and requiring 1 ½ to 2 hours) and ending somewhere between 6 and 7 PM (with venue break-down and clean-up for one hour following the final performance); and

WHEREAS, Participants singing original music of Magical Music for Life and/or popular Broadway tunes and numbering no more than approximately 100 will rotate throughout the day and will consist of: (i) individual children ages 5-25 as solo performers or in duets and/or small groups; (ii) Magical Music Singers - select co-ed group of 12 high school performers; (iii) Magical Music Mini-Singers - select group of children ages 7-11; (iv) a few select adult and children Broadway celebrities; and (v) invited guest singers with special needs; and

WHEREAS, The entire physical set-up consists of: (i) 4-6 rectangular tables for check-in with tablecloths and 8 chairs; (ii) a simple sound system consisting speakers, microphones and a small electronic keyboard; (iii) a small platform stage (10' x 16', 6" high); (iv) a small portable stage backdrop (6' x 10'); (v) two to three 8' x 8' collapsible tents, but only in the case of rain; and (vi) possibly helium balloons and a back-up generator; and

WHEREAS, This event will (i) offer children throughout the tri-state area an opportunity not only to use their vocal talent to help children in need but also to assist with producing, planning, organizing and implementing a major charitable event, and (ii) provide goodwill and high-quality entertainment to the public in our community that is consistent with the spirit of the Broadway Theatre District; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval the application by Magical Music for Life Foundation to conduct its Tunes in Times Square benefit concert in Father Duffy Square on May 6th, 2012.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 30 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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