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THE PREMIERE FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN OF COLOR RETURNS TO CALIFORNIA AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM


QUEENFEST 2019 (Photo By: Thai Lee)

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Friday, August 2, 2019, LA-based creative collective, Queens of the New Age will partner for the second year in a row with the California African American Museum and Tina Farris Tours to host Queensfest 2019, a two-day educational music arts festival and songwriting camp celebrating creative women of color in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Spotify and program partner, Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, Queensfest 2019 will be a fantastic day featuring live music, DJ sets, producer salons, art exhibits, expression workshops, POC vendors, food trucks and so much more. Queensfest 2019 highlighted participants include Aluna George, Madame Gandhi, Tiffany Gouché, DJ Rashida, TRAKGIRL, NOVA Wav, Asmara, Liv.E, and more.


"A Festival of Extraordinary Women is Taking Over…" - Los Angeles Magazine


With an attendance of over 3500, last year, Queensfest 2018 hosted performances from Grammy nominees, We Are King and Ill Camille, with Dj's Novena Carmel, Moni Vargas, Alima Lee and many more. ABC 7 called Queensfest "One of the hottest events in Los Angeles."


This year, Queensfest introduces the second day of focused educational programming with Queenscamp, a full day of songwriting and music production for girls ages 12-17 at a world-class boutique recording studio in Hollywood. Presented in partnership with Spotify's EQL Studio Residency and The 7%, Queenscamp will host 24 girls from Vox Collegiate preparatory school to gain hands-on in-studio experience from music industry professionals. Students will have the chance to contribute their ideas and participate in the songwriting, production, and engineering of a musical composition from concept to completion.


"We know that the only way to truly drive industry-wide change and establish a more inclusive environment is to create programs like our EQL Residency and partner with companies and organizations like Queens of The New Age to champion and celebrate creative women of color. Providing hands-on experience, access to established networks and mentorship is critical to the success of more women of color, and we're proud to be part of Queensfest for the first time this year," said Kerry Steib, Director of Social Impact, Spotify.


Queens CEO, Paress Salinas ads, "Our mission to amplify and support the creative voice of young women of color is manifested with Queenscamp. We, along with our incredible partners, hope to introduce girls to music production at an early age and break down the barriers that have historically kept these fields exclusive and inaccessible to all genders.


Due to the incredible support of program partners and sponsors (CAAM, Spotify, Will, and Jada Smith Family Foundation, and Tina Farris Tours) Queensfest 2019 remains 100% free and open to all ages. For tickets, visit http://queens.la. Volunteers, vendors, and students interested in applying to Queenscamp may also register via http://queens.la. For updates on program schedule and line-up follow @QueensoftheNewAge on Instagram and Facebook. For press inquiries, please contact Geraldine Leibot at geraldine@tftours.com.


About Queens of the New Age:

Founded in 2015, Queens of the New Age is an education-based collective of artists who believe in the power of art to change lives. Focused on girls and women of color, Queens is committed to amplifying their creative voice by building a platform and sustainable pipeline to knowledge, resources, and opportunity. Through year-round educational programming - Queenscamp - and our interactive educational music arts festival - Queensfest - Queens of the New Age is shifting the global paradigm so all can join in the celebration of extraordinary women.


About Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation:

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation works at the convergence of philanthropy, media, and social impact. The Foundation is an incubator and accelerator that ignites the next generation of big ideas, cutting edge artists, thought leaders, change-makers and social innovators. To achieve these goals, WJSFF works across three specific areas: Arts & Education, Social Empowerment, and Sustainability.


About Spotify and EQL:

Spotify is the largest global music streaming subscription service with 217 million Monthly Active Users and 100 million Premium Subscribers. With a presence in 79 countries and territories and more than 50 million tracks, it has transformed the way people access and enjoy music.


Powered by SoundGirls in partnership with Spotify and other organizations, The EQL Directory seeks to bring the industry towards gender parity by uplifting and promoting the work of women and gender-nonconforming people. The searchable directory enables users to showcase their work, market their skills, and reach out to each other for collaboration and networking. Through celebrating audio professionals who are women, trans, and non-binary, we believe The EQL Directory has the power to create a positive feedback loop - when more diverse people are seen running a recording session or commanding the mixing console, people of all genders will feel empowered to enter these fields.


About Tina Farris Tours:

Since being invited to join the touring family of the Legendary Roots Crew back in 1999, Tina Farris hasn't looked back. TFT is amassing a client list that has included some of music's hottest acts including Chris Rock, The Internet, Lil' Wayne, Solange, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah, Estelle, Jill Scott, Maxwell, D'Angelo, Macy Gray , Boyce Ave and Mayer Hawthorne alongside the newly added Ella Mai & Anderson Paak & Steve Lacy. In 2008, TFT expanded into festival production. As Co-founders and producers of The Roots Picnic for nine years strong, TFT now produces Broccoli City Festival, Queensfest, and the Global Citizen Festival.


The 7%:

The 7% is a series designed to highlight and create a haven for women in music. Founded by Shakari "TRAKGIRL" Boles, a music producer, songwriter, entrepreneur, tech enthusiast. Through speaking engagements, she encourages women to seek greater access to broader roles in the heavily male-dominated production and business facets of the music industry. As an entrepreneur, TRAKGIRL has launched lifestyle brand PAY US TODAY that promotes fair pay for creatives & producers and brings awareness to ethical business practices.​​

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