Summertime means a lot of different things for people. Here, in the City, it means more outdoor concerts in Central Park. People from several different neighborhoods and boroughs are drawn out for the evening and it feels very community. Then, of course, with over 500 thousand visitors a day to New York, the concerts get their piece of the world community as well.
New York City offers something for everyone and the concerts in the park fill the bill to a tee. Named artists from all over the world covet the opportunity to play in the Park. The atmosphere is fun, free and encapsulates the very Nature of New York. Every genre of music is represented. Dance, song and sounds, riffs, pops from folk to rap, to rock to classical this is where the Music industry feels at home.
The canopy is the soft surrounding glow of the New York City lights. The open roofing makes for magical evenings. The City’s energy is all over the place, but cushioned in music and the natural green, stress-free setting.
The American Guild of Musical Artists has the good fortune to share the same acronym, AGMA with the America Gives More Act. We have always been a philanthropic organization and anytime we are associated with other movements or organizations that promote giving, we are proud of the connection. The America Gives More Act boost the cause of philanthropic giving into a new light.
The America Gives More Act gives tax breaks to large donors. This is a simplistic explanation of a more complex structure, but that is a bottom line. From the mere standpoint of good business logic, it protects a company from paying higher taxes while it supports charitable giving. It’s an all around win/win situation. Corporations that need to please shareholders, can offer a vast catering menu of profits, that will satisfy everyone’s appetite in the deal.
I was four years old when I went to see my first ballet. We took a luxurious ride to the show since limousine prices were discounted that day. It was being performed by the New York City Ballet at the Lincoln Center. My Grandmother thought that by age four I could sit quietly. In her wisdom, she knew once the orchestra was introduced it wouldn’t take long, and I would drop all interest in telling the person next to me all about my new toy first truck.