FAME Staff

FAME at the U.S. Diplomacy Center


We are celebrating #JazzAppreciationMonth. Our panel discussion highlighted the history and impact of “Jazz Ambassadors” and other U.S. Department of State cultural diplomacy programs. The grand finale was an incredible jazz performance by talented high school musicians from FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. #DiscoverDiplomacy http://ow.ly/Wekd30jDuPC

American Music Abroad Exchange Programs – U.S. Department of State International Exchange AlumniMeridian International Center




Pepco Employee Honored for Volunteerism

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Contact: Tasha Jamerson                                                                     

Pepco, Communications

202-872-2680 (media hotline)



Pepco Employee Honored for Volunteerism

Exelon program recognizes employees and provides grants to nonprofit partners


Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2018) – Exelon honored Pepco employee, Moneka Cunnigham, for her community volunteer work on May 23rd at the company’s Energy for the Community Volunteer Awards Luncheon. During the event, Exelon also announced $10,000 in charitable contribution to the local nonprofit that Moneka supports in Maryland to amplify her hard work.


“Our charitable contributions and volunteerism help improve the quality of life for our customers and local communities,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings. “This year’s award winners are shining examples of selflessness, kindness and passion, and the work we do as a company to power a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities.”


Moneka Cunningham, an external affairs manager, has been volunteering with the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME) since 2014. Every year, FAME opens the door to music education and opportunity to more than 1,500 at-risk students. At any given time, Moneka can be found backstage encouraging the youth performers before they take the stage, at the front door greeting event attendees, or on the telephone thanking donors for their support. She is a maestro at fundraising, creating strategic alliances with businesses and corporate partners in the area, including Pepco. She helps set up fundraising events and secures venues for students to perform. Her work is very rewarding because it gives her the opportunity to help students achieve their dreams. She sees firsthand the growth in the students’ skills from song writing to performing and reading music.


This year, 24 employees across the Exelon family of companies were recognized for their efforts and their nonprofit partners each received grants from the company. An external selection committee, comprised of leaders from the nonprofit community, selected these dedicated individuals for their volunteer efforts from all the employees who submitted applications. Since 2007, the awards program has recognized more than 170 employees and provided more than $1.2 million to their nonprofit partners.


Through the Energy for the Community Program, hundreds of Pepco employees volunteer annually to support initiatives including arts and culture, community development, environmental sustainability, and education initiatives that align with the company’s purpose of powering a cleaner and brighter future for its customers and communities. 


In 2017, Pepco contributed more than $3.3 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly 7,000 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland. Together, employees at Pepco and the Exelon family of companies volunteered more than 210,000 hours with a variety of nonprofit organizations in 2017.


Photo Caption: Moneka Cunningham, center, external affairs manager, was recognized for her work with the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME). Pictured, from left, Exelon Sr. Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer William Von Hoene, FAME Founder and Executive Director A. Toni Lewis, Moneka Cunnigham, Pepco Region President Donna Cooper, Pepco Holdings Sr. Vice President & COO Tyler Anthony.


Find additional information about Pepco by visiting www.pepco.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.





About Pepco: Pepco, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 842,000 electric delivery customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.








Tasha Jamerson

Senior Communications Specialist

Media Relations

Berklee College of Music High School Festival in Boston MA

FAME Featured at Berklee College of Music High School Festival, Feb 10th, 2018 in Boston MA

The FAME Jazz Band will proudly represent Prince George’s County MD at the Berklee College of Music High School Festival in Boston MA, on Feb 10.  FAME’s Associate Artistic Director for this event is Mr. Alphonso Jiles; he is a Berklee Grad, President of the Washington DC Berklee Alum Chapter, and Director of Instrumental Music at Wise High School.


The FAME Jazz Band Annual Concert

The FAME Jazz Band Annual Concert

Sunday, May 5, 2018 • 5PM

University of Maryland School of Music
2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Band Room, #2540
8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

More information to Follow!

Tis the Season! Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Doors open at 3:30 pm

Special Guests

Richard Payne Trio
FAME Jazz Band & Nat Adderley, Jr.
Divine Dance Institute
Largo High School Choir


Presented by

FAME – Foundation for the Advancement
of Music & Education, Inc.

Derrick Leon Davis (District 6)
Prince George’s County Council Chairman

Lake Arbor Foundation, Inc.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Kay Theatre

University of Maryland, College Park

University Boulevard & Stadium Dr.

College Park, Maryland 20742

Tickets: $15
Seniors: $10

Reserve your tickets
301-405-2787 or at

Clarice Ticket Office — Click here


FAME Jazz Band Program Auditions Open

Visit FAME Jazz Band Website:  www.FAMEJazzBand.org 


The Artistic Director is an international pianist, songwriter, and composer Nat Adderley, Jr.; also known for his work as music director for music icon Luther Vandross. Dr. Clarence Knight, esteemed educator, and musician is the Assistant Artistic Director.


Auditions are now Open! Click Here!

Deadline: October 2, 2017

Application Process

Online application

Teacher Recommendation Form

FAME Jazz Band Program Flyer

FAME Jazz Band FAQs 2017-2018

Fee Waiver Application Scholarship




Songwriting Workshop Featuring Eric Roberson was a great turnout!


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This was the close out song from the 3rd annual songwriting workshop with FAME – Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc.. From 9 am to 4am the FAME Students wrote and performed songs and learned from Eric Roberson, D Maurice DMo Macklin, Aaron Hardin, Reginald Payne & Micah D. E. Robinson. It was amazing watching these young people create today and please support FAME. Our kids need more music programs. http://fameorg.org/ Thank you A Toni Lewis for having us for the 3rd year.

WHEN: Upcoming Songwriting Workshop July 2018 TBD
Registration: 8:30am
Workshop: 9am – 4pm

WHERE: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland College Park, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

REGISTRATION: Check by for Upcoming Workshop dates for 2018!

Open to aspiring songwriters
Grades 7 thru 12
Registration is mandatory. FEE: $10.


Please bring lunch.


Grammy Nominated, award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist have established him as a successful leader. An outstanding storyteller, Eric’s music is relatable, allowing him to form personal connections with each of his listeners.

His music is influenced by elements of music styles varying from Soul, Rhythm & Blues, House, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock and more, inhibiting him from being confined or limited to any one genre of music.

Click here for pdf Flyer


Sponsors: The Hon. Derrick Leon Davis,
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, PEPCO,
MNCPPC Parks and Recreation





Thank you for celebrating FAME’s 13th Anniversary and the esteemed 2017 awardees who made significant contributions to improving the lives of our youth and communities, with a special thanks to all of our Anniversary & Corporate Sponsors.






Save the Date: FAME’s 13th Anniversary & Awards Celebration

FAME’s 13th Anniversary & Awards Celebration

Thursday, July 27, 2017 • 6PM

Newton White Mansion

2708 Enterprise Road

Mitchellville, MD 20721

Awardees to be Announced



Tony Richards, WHUR-FM 96.3/ Sirius/XM



General Admission Ticket $90

VIP Ticket $125





Anniversary & Corporate Partners

Prince George’s County Government

Derrick Leon Davis Chair, Prince George’s County Council (District 6)

Todd Turner, Prince George’s County Council Member (District 4)

University of Maryland College Park School of Music


The Washington Informer

Innovative Study Techniques

Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Your investment this year resulted in FAME positively impacting the lives of over 1500 youth



Dear Friends

This year FAME celebrated 12 years of providing youth of many socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds with access to rigorous educational experiences, scholarships, instruments, intensive summer technology camps, cultural and artistic excursions, and much more.
Statistics indicate that children who participate in music, likely to earn higher grades and score better on standardized tests.
FAME is dedicated to bringing equity in learning to children who live in poverty and those who attend under-resourced schools. FAME is proud to be in the forefront of a renewed spirit and energy when it comes to young people, the performing arts, and education.


Because of Friends like you, FAME’s impact has grown through creative and timely programs.   We are honored to have you with us as we strive to build upon our achievements.


Your investment this year resulted in FAME positively impacting the lives of over 1500 youth 


1100 hours: of academic tutoring in STEM, SAT Prep, organization and study skills


35 students: received scholarships for year round individual music lessons


Two Signature Summer Technology Camps: 74 rising 8th through 12th graders received intensive state-of-the-art music technology training. 2017 goal: 100 students.  Partners:  University of Maryland School of Music, Prince George’s County Government & School System.


80 students: attended songwriting workshop conducted by Grammy nominated, award winning singer, composer and producer Eric Roberson


In-school & after school assistance: included purchase, donation, maintenance, and repair of musical of instruments; and provided instructors, materials, equipment, and supplies


Music, Academics & Culture:  17 middle and high school youth participated in the FAME Jazz Band Program: year-round high caliber music & academic instruction. This year students performed at two major festivals, 10 events and received weekly one-on-one STEM tutoring.


Advocate for cultural arts education: Advocate for cultural arts education intergenerational Community Concerts and Events to educate families and communities on the importance of music education and cultural arts in the lives of our youth.


Two Spelling Bees: sponsored in Washington DC and Prince George’s County, to support and strengthen middle school students’ language arts/literacy skills.


Your gift will enable FAME to sustain and expand its programming while providing rewarding, yet life changing educational experiences for more underserved youth to thrive.

Any gift, no matter how large or small will directly help FAME provide music and academic training through our programs and activities that benefit underserved youth, and fill the void where school education and cultural arts programs are limited.


Click here to make a gift!