From the Wires
Chris Brown Launches His Symphonic Love Foundation
Brown Launched the Foundation with a Visual, Musical and Performing Arts Festival Today Joined by Team Breezy in Cities Around the World
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 5, 2012 08:00 PM
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY award-winning artist Chris Brown launched his Symphonic Love Foundation with a visual, musical and performing arts festival today at the Lafayette Recreation Center in Los Angeles. The program included some moving speeches as well as a performance from The Debbie Allen Dance Academy in honor of their partnership.
Leading up to today's launch, Team Breezy leaders from 18 cities around the world gave back to their communities in the spirit of Symphonic Love in New York, NY; Toronto, Canada; Paris, France; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Melbourne, Australia; Boston, MA; Richmond, VA; Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA and many more. Activities included volunteering at breast cancer and lupus walks; leading community arts and recreation programs; helping renovate schools and gardens; donating food, clothing and school supplies; recycling; serving at soup kitchens; and volunteering at a festival for the homeless.
Symphonic Love supports and creates arts programs for youth while encouraging every day public service, respect and kindness. The Foundation creates programs and provides grants in two focus areas: ART and LOVE. The ART grants are intended to encourage all forms of artistic expression to help youth realize their unique and creative selves. The LOVE grants are intended to promote the values of public service, kindness and respect for yourself and others.
"It definitely has been a labor of love. That what it's all about for me – art and love," said Brown. "Art influences every aspect of my life completely. It helps me to be myself. Focusing on positivity and love helps you have respect for yourself and others. It's what I strive for, so I hope this foundation and the website encourages everyone to express themselves creatively and be who they want to be."
Brown created Symphonic Love's website to showcase his favorite nonprofits and programs and to serve as a creative and personal resource for his fans. Interactive features enable fans to upload their artwork, listen to music, watch videos, get involved and get help to live more creative and loving lives. Brown explains, "The site has resources where you can immediately get inspired and get support for all kinds of difficulties, and you can use your creativity to take you to a different world. That's what I've been doing since I was a kid, and I know kids need that same kind of encouragement."
In 2012, Brown's $200,000+ in grants include:
Brown is also working with his mother and his aunt to create an arts and recreation center in his hometown of Tappahannock, Virginia.
"We really appreciate all of Chris' continued support, and are delighted that he has included us in his latest charitable endeavor," said Anthony K. Shriver, Founder & Chairman, Best Buddies International. "We are really looking forward to the first Symphonic Love Best Buddies Day."
Director, choreographer, actress and the founder of The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Debbie Allen, said, "I am thrilled to be partnering with Chris Brown and his foundation to create more opportunity in the arts education and development of some of the most deserving and talented people in our community. Chris Brown, whose powerful and dynamic talent has given light and possibilities to millions of young people around the world."
Representatives from all the above mentioned nonprofits were on hand to celebrate the launch.
***Photos from today's LA event will be available via Getty Images after 6:30 p.m. PST.
About Symphonic Love Foundation
Symphonic Love is the evolution of Chris Brown's history of giving back since he was a child. In 2006, when he was 17, Chris donated proceeds from his first concert tour, "Up Close and Personal," to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Every year and every tour since then, Chris has been giving to charities close to his heart. Chris will be starting on the first leg of his "Carpe Diem" world tour on November 14 in Denmark, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Symphonic Love. Chris dedicates Symphonic Love to his family, friends and Team Breezy! To learn more, and to support Symphonic Love with the "Giving Assistant," a free social giving app that enables fans to win prizes and raise funds for the cause while shopping online, visit: www.symphoniclovefoundation.org.
SOURCE Symphonic Love Foundation
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