Voice Awards Kickoff Party!
On Sunday January 24 we gathered on the patio at the beautiful Estrella Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard for the Voice Awards kickoff party.
The Voice Awards Committee
Justin Arce, Ruchi Bal, Marcus Connaghan, Kevin DeKimpe, Ruben Diaz, Hon. John J. Duran, Justin Estoque, Jason Frazier, Tori Gutierrez, Abdullah Hall, Steve Holzer, Autumn Jackson, Catherine Keithley, Michael Kelly, Andrea Krauss, Halli Lorenzato, Tod Macofsky, Petar Mandich, Laura Martella, Alexis “Bong” Monsanto, Mario Mosley, Jen Mulder, Michael Muoio, Justin Natoli, Tyler Oldham, Carlos Ortiz, Mikey Pusnik, Danny Rose, Stacey Ruiz, Tori Samuel, Olga Stratulat, Gary Turner, Grayson Wixom
Diane Abbitt & Bernadette Abruzze, Justin Arce, Ruchi Bal, Hon. John Duran & Mark Morris, Jason Frazier, Tori Gutierrez, Steve Holzer, Tim Hughes, Peter Johnson, Lisa Marchbanks & Lindsey Deaton, Jason Orion & Larry Baird, Carlos A. Ortiz, Barrett Porter, Tori Samuel, Gary Turner, Chris Verdugo
Your support of the Voice Awards helps the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles fund its general operations and continue funding these very important programs!
GMCLA’s “Alive Music Project” (AMP), is a unique music education outreach program designed for middle and high school students that uses song to create a powerful anti-bullying message. Every year over 85% of LGBT students in American schools are physically or verbally abused. For over thirty five years GMCLA has used music to overcome prejudice. Now we’re using song to teach acceptance and equality in schools. In its 8th year, AMP has reached over 40,000 students in schools throughout Los Angeles. Busting LGBT stereotypes through live music and personal sharing improves students’ self-esteem and helps them recognize and eliminate bullying of all types.
it gets better is a collaboration between the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Speak Theater Arts and the It Gets Better Project. The work explores what “better” means for LGBT youth through stories, songs and multimedia on an array of challenging themes.
With its unqualified support of all young people, it gets better creates and unites allies in solidarity against the pervasive (and growing) climate of bullying and teen violence.
An 8-member cast of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) forms the core of the touring production. Over the course of a one-week residency, these artists collaborate with local performers, citizens, and educational and government institutions in building a community performance responding to the issue of bullying in local schools. GMCLA is bringing with them a fully formed program including dynamic musical content and video production elements appropriate to the theme, into which are woven local participants and local content.