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2009 Martin Luther King County Jr. Executives Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop at MUSICA Festival
Columbia City Theater
Seattle, WA
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2009 Martin Luther King County Jr. Executives Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop at MUSICA Festival
Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA. 98118

Saturday, January 17th

Time: 5-8pm

Through Hip Hop, we seek to honor the legacy of Dr. King by showcasing  artists voices and talent.  In particular, those who have the wisdom and/or courage to speak out and create awareness to the plight of under-represented communities, injustice and inhumanity worldwide.

Hip Hop is still a voice for social change.  Like Dr. King, Hip Hop is controversial.  As a world wide phenomenon Hip Hop serves as an outlet for oppressed people.

The second annual Martin Luther King County Executives Award for Excellence in Hip Hop acknowledges and honors innovative performance, community service and entrepreneurial achievement by locally-based members of the hip-hop community whose work has had significant impact in Martin Luther King County.

King County Executive Ron Sims will present the 2nd annual Martin Luther King County Executives Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop at the MUSICA Festival, 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Avenue South.
The award acknowledges and honors innovative performance, community service and entrepreneurial achievement by locally based members of the hip-hop community whose work has had significant impact in King County.

The awards ceremony at the MUSICA Festival will feature performances by local and national artists, panel discussions related to issues in the music industry and a hip-hop marketplace.

KUBE 93 FM will webcast MUSICA Festival events on KUBE, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17. The evening will feature panels, including Hip Hop: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and Hip Hop addresses youth violence. The hip-hop marketplace will feature the wares of local creators of hip-hop music, graffiti art and fashions.
For up-and-coming hip-hoppers, the event will feature information on college preparedness and the entertainment business.  Participants include industry professional, radio personalities and a variety of musical instruments for children to experiment with.

Entrance to the festivities at the Columbia City Theatre is $10.00 from 3:00 to 8 p.m. The awards ceremony and evening program, from 5 to 8 p.m., will feature performances by local hip hop artists, dance groups and national acts. The program will also include a keynote address by King County Executive Ron Sims.   Space is limited and reservations are recommended to the awards ceremony and evening program. Table seating is $25 and theater seating is $10. Call (206) 280-3690 or e-mail

Proceeds benefit the Pulse Project ( a video and audio production program for teens and MUSICA for Youth which supports early childhood development.

An independent panel reviewed nominations and recommended Hip Hop Award recipients.   Previous award recipients include: Wyking Allah and Toddler Hip Hop (2008), Gordon Curvey, DJ Supreme and King Khazm (2006), Sir Mix-A-Lot, Industry Pioneer; Melissa Noelle Green, Spoken Word; The Volunteer Staff of KMIH-FM X-104, Broadcast Innovation; (2005) Georgio Brown and The Coolout Network; (2004) Jonathan Moore, co-founder and chief executive of Jasiri Media Group; and (2003) Shon Peterson, Mr. Dog (2002).

The MUSICA Festival celebrates music in Seattle by bringing together many genres of music, including hip hop, R&B, electronica, jazz, blues, reggae, Latin, gospel and spoken word, in an effort to unite people and create awareness of issues impacting communities.

The MUSICA Festival honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through hip hop. For ticket information, visit

The Martin Luther King Jr. County Executives Award for Excellence in Hip Hop is cosponsored by MUSICA  Entertainment, King County, KUBE 93 FM, Cap1 Entertainment and C2M2.

MUSICA Entertainment promotes the value of arts and cultural in and of communities throughout the Northwest.

The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is the key to unlocking the future for the next generation of Hip Hop entrepreneurs. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this years MUSICA Festival engages ALL youth to become socially conscious, college-conscious, and college-ready. In honor of the legacy of Dr. King, we encourage Hip Hop artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, performers, and those whose work has been significantly impacted by Hip Hop to submit a nomination form for consideration (see above for description of nomination process).
Special Features and Presentations at the Musica Festival:
Festivities include:

   * Local Hip Hop talent showcases
   * National artist performances
   * History of Northwest Hip Hop exhibit
   * Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit/display
   * Hip Hop debate
   * Spoken word performances
   * Booth exhibits

College Awareness Initiative
that is why it is so important to invest in education. The rate of return is a world of peace.

Our mission is to spearhead an education outreach campaign revolving around the MUSICA festival which motivates target audiences through Hip Hop with the tools to work effectively towards higher education. This is part of an overall communications strategy to raise awareness and increase public support amongst underserved communities. The MUSICA Festival will be designed to blend pop-culture, educational, and entertainment styles to enhance appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Our Objectives:

   * Build awareness of the importance of college preparedness
   * Learn through music (Hip Hop) how to use education as a tool to help youth succeed and excel in academic environments
   * Increase understanding of the importance of education and the entertainment business



Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
United States

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