Fame News

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.

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



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!


The BEBE Winans Story

Join FAME-Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education and its FAME Jazz Band at Arena Stage on Friday, August 19th, 8 PM for Born for This – The BEBE Winans Story,


Detroit natives BeBe and CeCe Winans, youngest siblings of the Winans family dynasty, experience the ultimate in culture shocks when invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord network television show. The Winans teenagers have the opportunity to become more than just television celebrities, but to integrate TV evangelism. As BeBe and CeCe encounter fame, fortune and even a young Whitney Houston, BeBe must learn to balance his desire for success with his true calling. Combining classic Winans hits with brand new songs, this inspirational musical features Juan and Deborah Joy Winans in their Arena Stage debuts as BeBe and CeCe Winans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Np0z8AgnM&feature=youtu.be.


Partners:  Arena Stage, United Parcel Service & The Washington Informer.

Click here for tickets!


Book by Charles Randolph-Wright and BeBe Winans
Music and Lyrics by BeBe Winans
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
A Co-production with The Alliance Theatre
in Association with Dan Chilewich and Todd Gershwin
Kreeger Theater 

Music is Life Event photos

Music is Life Event photos


11th Anniversary Celebration Event Photo

11th Anniversary Celebration Event Photo

Community Impact Grants


PHOTO ID: Front Row (L to R): Cheryl Higgins, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council; Khari Brown, Executive Director, Capital Partners for Education; Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George’s County Executive; Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA;  Marcus Clifton, Esq., Chair, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council; Marcus Daniels, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council

Back Row (L to R): Jackie Rhone, Community Impact Chair, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council; Ron Wiles, Program Manager, Employment Services,  Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute;  Zakiyah Williams, Assistant Shelter Manager, Shepherds Cove, United Communities Against Poverty; Katie Meixner, Side by Side, Inc.; Joe Murchison,  Executive Director, Side by Side, Inc.; Sophie Ford, Executive Director, Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County; A. Toni Lewis, Executive Director, FAME; Timothy Johnson, Vice President, Community Impact, United Way NCA; Claudia R. Raskin, M.Ed., Executive Director, Community Support Systems, Inc.; Robyn R. Owens, Director, Corporate Partnerships, United Way NCA; and Sharon Zimmerman, Community Engagement Manager, United Way NCA.

Photos courtesy of: Hyon Smith of Hyon Smith Photograph


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CONTACT: Julie Rosenthal, JR Communications


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Local Dollars Target Local Education, Financial Stability and Health Critical Needs

WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2015 – Today, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced that it is awarding Community Impact grants totaling $100,000 to seven nonprofit member organizations serving Prince George’s County. Each of the grants directly addresses United Way NCA’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health. This year United Way NCA is awarding over $1 million in Community Impact grants to member nonprofits serving the National Capital Area thanks to the support of employees participating in 800 workplace giving campaigns at more than 3,000 locations throughout the greater Washington region.

The grantees were honored at a ceremony this morning with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, and members of the Prince George’s County Council. Specifically, the Prince George’s County grantees are: Capital Partners for Education, Community Support Systems, Inc., Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Inc., Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc., Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Side by Side, Inc., and United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.

The grant awarded to the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education (FAME) will help provide summer music and academic enrichment activities for Prince George’s County middle school youth. “The United Way NCA Community Impact grant enables FAME to offer programs and activities that fill the void where in-school and afterschool cultural arts programs have been drastically reduced or eliminated and as the need for meaningful summer and afterschool activities for economically challenged youth continues to grow,” said FAME Executive Director A. Toni Lewis. “These programs provide a comprehensive, technology-rich, creativity-based learning environment and participants go on to pursue college degrees and future careers in music.”

Capital Partners for Education (CPE) will use the Community Impact funds to support one-on-one mentoring and college and career readiness programming for motivated, low-income students. “Community Impact funds will be used to cover college and career preparatory workshops and program materials, mentor training and matching expenses, a career fair, and enrichment activities,” said CPE Director, Development and Communications, Genette Comfort. “By providing CPE students with the tools and resources to get to and through college, CPE is broadening our students’ personal and professional opportunities and ultimately working to break the cycle of poverty in their families.”

Every year, United Way NCA solicits Community Impact funding proposals from its member nonprofit organizations for specific programs and work in United Way NCA’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health. The funding decision process includes recommendations from regional volunteer, citizen-led task forces working with United Way NCA’s Regional Councils, as well as area nonprofits, governments, and business leaders, to determine where there are gaps in services and where the funds will do the most good.

“The Community Impact Fund and grant program serves Prince George’s County, as well as all of United Way NCA’s regions, so well because the organizations that receive Community Impact grants do an amazing job of transforming those funds into tangible help for the community at large,” said Marcus Clifton, Chair, United Way NCA Prince George’s County Regional Council. “With more funding, the reach of the United Way and its grant recipients can make an even greater impact.”

All donors to United Way NCA have the option of directing their workplace giving pledge to the Community Impact Fund for any of United Way NCA’s eight regions: Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William counties. These funds help United Way NCA solve critical challenges facing these communities that no one person, nonprofit, or company can address alone. Across the National Capital Area this year, United Way NCA is awarding a total of 77 Community Impact grants to 65 nonprofit member organizations.

“United Way NCA’s Community Impact grant process helps us rally and focus the nonprofit community around shared goals and outcomes by combining the power of local giving, local knowledge and collective action to create maximum impact as we address the most pressing needs in each of our eight regions,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA. “Today we honor the generosity of Prince George’s County employees and employers, the time and care taken by the volunteer selection committee and the Prince George’s County Regional Council, and the vital work of the grantee organizations.”

About United Way of the National Capital Area

Focusing on the critical areas of education, financial stability and health, United Way of the National Capital Area and its nonprofit members not only provide immediate relief of social problems affecting the community, but also work to alleviate the underlying causes of these issues. Serving the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for nearly 40 years, United Way of the National Capital Area works to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives. In total, United Way of the National Capital Area raises approximately $30 million each year to address the needs of the community. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit UnitedWayNCA.org.