As announced in my recent newsletter (sign up at the top of this website), this month you can win a free copy of the debut CD from the 1211 Band and a free hour-long consultation from Ramy Antoun, the founder of the Creative Arts Group and the Artist in Residence at Gateway Church.
To win a CD, be one of the first 10 people to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “1211 Band” in the subject and your U.S. mailing address in the email.
To win the hour-long consultation, send an email to me at email@example.com describing your context and how you hope Ramy can help PLUS plan to join us for the teleseminar on Thursday.
Hailing from Alexandria Egypt, Ramy Antoun’s credits include the Black Eyed Peas, Pat Benatar, Paul Oakenfold, and Seal. Antoun also dove into production and songwriting, garnering track credits on hit television shows and movies such as Matchstick Men, Crazy Beautiful, and The OC. Goldspot, Antoun’s previous musical endeavor, was nominated for Best International Artist in the 2008 VH-1 Music Awards.
Ramy discovered a missing social awareness for artists and fans while working in the often-arbitrary record industry. “I am extremely passionate about working with artists who are in tough place emotionally, spiritually, occupationally,” Antoun says. Unlike major labels, Antoun believed artists would benefit from being part of a community of spiritual and financial support. As a result, Creative Arts Group (CAG) was born.
As an artist development company, CAG enlists investors and highly gifted artists into a 3-way partnership that offers coaching, development, and career resources. The company coaches and develops the artist from the idea stage through the product stage, says Antoun. Under CAG’s careful management, the artist is then introduced to the media marketplace with the intention of launching a self-sustaining art career.
Antoun believes CAG serves as a launching pad for creatives to make a viable, God-centered living. “Creatives constantly have good ideas, but they need confidence, they need encouragement, and they need resources,” Antoun says. “For me, it’s a great blessing to be able to not only continue making music but also help other artists achieve their own dreams and aspirations. It’s really a win-win situation, anyway you slice it.”