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Posi Music Festival

Posi Music Week

8 days! Three Great Events!

For Music Directors, Artists & Fans!

February 26 – March 6, 2015

The beautiful Westin Tampa Harbour Island

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The 10th Annual emPower Posi Festival!
February 27 – March 2, (Fri – Mon)
The Westin Harbor Island in Beautiful Tampa, FL

 

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the most awesome gathering of Posi Music artists on the planet!

  • Nightly concerts

  • The wildly popular Pajama Jam acoustic music showcases

  • Workshops

  • Song circles

  • Open mics

  • And the 10th Annual emPower Posi Awards

Registrants receive 15% discount to Sound Connections!


Festival Schedule

Friday – February 27

3:00 -5:00 PM     REGISTRATION

4:00– 5:30 PM     Welcome Friends and Newcomers!
Harold Payne, Karen Drucker, Sue Riley, Richard Mekdeci – Learn how to make the most of your weekend and have a blast doing it! Ask questions, meet and greet.

6:00 – 10:00 PM     Music Store Opens

7:00-9:00 PM     “Music That Matters” hosted by David Roth & Sloan Wainwright and featuring this year’s Honorable Mentions and first-time performers.

9:45 PM til. . . . Pajama Jam Acoustic Music Showcases         
Ten adjacent themed hotel rooms with over 50 artists performing acoustic “up close and personal” sets.  Wear your fun pajamas to this musical pajama party!  One of our signature events!

Saturday – February 28

7:30 – 8:30 AM     Yoga
Start your day with some easy stretching and yoga poses set to some of your favorite Posi songs.
If you do not have a yoga mat, bring a towel.

8:00 AM – 10:00 PM     Music Store Opens

9:30 – 11:00 AM     Three Concurrent Workshops:

  1. Faith Rivera “FaithGroove” Groove ~ where the music dances you!
    We’ll dim the lights, turn on the videos, turn up the jams & let the music have its way with you!  Expect free-flowing fun as you dance or sing or just take the happy vibes in.  Faith will offer guided movements & ways to participate, but following is optional.  It’s up to you - you feel the music the way you want to.  The only requirement is to flow & lose yourself in the moment.  Come to sweat, come to play, come to free the fun in your soul!
     
  2. Robert Finnigan, CFP: Financial Literacy for the Successful Business Owner
    Musicians frequently believe they have to give up financial security to have a creative life. This is simply not true! Come explore these simple tips from long time financial planner Robert Finnigan to discover that you can be financially secure AND be a full-time professional musician. Robert is a dedicated truth student and uses those principles in his everyday life. Be guided in this workshop by a 42 year veteran in the financial industry. Be exposed to what you need to know to be successful. Get to understand the proper use of money, insurance, budgets and planning.  Know where investments can help your business grow and secure your financial future. Get those difficult questions and approaches answered to add success to your new or established business.
     
  3. Anji Kozikowski:  Free Your Voice! Workshop
    Yoga for Singers, Speakers and anyone who wants to express themselves fully
    Topics include:
    *Basic Physiology of the Breath and the Voice
    *The Four Winds--Exploring Energy Pathways for Self-Expression and Health
    *Basic Yoga Stretches and Postures to Open the Body
    *Breathwork and Yoga Techniques for Freeing Your Voice
    This will be an experiential workshop offered during the main conference weekend, and since we will explore basic breath and posture techniques, anyone is welcome, and no special equipment or clothing is required for participation.

11:15 AM -12:45 PM     Artists Lunches
Join 9 others for lunch at a table with Karen Drucker, David Ault, Karen Taylor-Good and Stowe Dailey, Greg Tamblyn, David Roth, Jana Stanfield,
Seating is limited. Additional $27 ticket can be purchased in the Music Store.

1 - 2:30 PM     Three Concurrent Workshops

  1. Pam Lontos:  Insider’s Secrets to Taking Your Music Career to the Next Level
    In today's tough economic times, musicians are losing business daily simply because they don't know how to sell and market themselves.
    By attending this session, you will be able to:
    *Position yourself to stand out from the competition and get booked more often.
    *Develop your sales, marketing and negotiation skills so you can book more gigs.
    *Write killer marketing material, collect great testimonials, get more leads, and move.into lucrative new venues.
    *How to find your “hook”
    *What people do wrong with their marketing material (press releases, one-sheets, website, audio & video demos)
    Top 7 publicity mistakes people make when promoting to media (radio, TV, print)
    How to sell product after your performance
     
  2. John Two-Hawks:  Mindfulness
    This program features John Two-Hawks teaching and sharing with groups about the concept of mindfulness.  Two-Hawks’ approach to mindfulness has its root in his indigenous, Lakota perspective, with an emphasis on finding our way back to the center of our sacred hoop of life, restoring our balance and renewing our purpose.  It reaches from that place to invite any and all to experience what mindfulness really means and how to live, centered in it in our daily lives.  John’s easy rapport and exceptional gift as a teacher creates a relaxed experience for attendees to share, grow and heal
     
  3. Greg Tamblyn: HOW TO HAVE A WEBSITE THAT ACTUALLY MAKES MONEY
    Is it possible for the average person who doesn’t know squat about technology or marketing to have a website that attracts a ton of traffic and produces an income? Yep. Greg started a new site from scratch two years ago that currently gets 3,500 visitors a day, and is in the top 0.5% of the most visited sites in the world.
    The bad news: there is work involved.
    The good news: you can do it in your spare time.
    This is NOT about learning a bunch of SEO (search engine marketing) tricks. It’s also not about turning your current website into a cash cow. (Although you may learn a couple of things that can help.) It’s about building a new site around something you love, something you’re passionate about, which could be almost anything. Your new site is optimized from day one, from the ground up, to bring you loads of traffic, which can then be monetized in several different ways.
    Greg will explain the resource he used to do this, and show you how to get started.

3:00 - 4:15 PM     Three Concurrent Workshops

  1. David Ault: What Is Your Why?
    David leads us back to the beginnings of our yearnings to create. Can we uncover the original passion and reconnect with our personal why?
    Why are we here and why are we choosing the creative path we are on?  Bringing clarity, honesty, humor and wisdom into the mix, this workshop helps reinvigorate your intentions and returns you back to the sacredness of why you do what you do.
     
  2. Darius Lux: Licensing, Publishing and New Media
    There has never been a better time than now to be an independent musician and in control of your own career.
    With the advent of the internet and the collapse of the old music company system there are now more entities and opportunities than ever before.
    Who owns your publishing?
    Who owns your masters?
    How have you maximized these?
    Have you considered licensing outside of the US?
    Are you getting ready to record a project and wondering what expenses are worth the long-term investment?
    Find out how I have used these new tools to generate a stream of passive income that is 10K or more a year while maximizing my position as an independent.
    Take control of your catalog and learn the ins and outs of what you own, what your rights are and the protocol on how to approach licensors and understand what they are looking for.

           3.  Harmony Singing:  with Penny Nichols

                Have you ever wanted to learn to sing in harmony better, how to do it and where it is appropriate in a song?  You will  have a   chance to experience for yourself  the fun and unique qualities of singing in harmony and how to begin to master the skills     needed to sing in harmony well.  Both individually and as a group, we will work on listening techniques, how to recognize chordal relationships, pitch problems and how harmony fits into a melodic landscape.  Join us for a fun and empowering experience!

 

4:00 – 5:00 PM     Meet the artists: CD and Book signings in the Music Store
Get your CDs signed, ask mentoring questions, have a photo taken, or just hang out with your favorite Posi artists.

7:00-9:00 PM     Mega PosiPalooza Concert featuring past Posi Award winners and nominees.

AFTER CONCERT: Namaste Showcase - hosted by Jana Stanfield
Come to listen and unwind or perform in this safe, impromptu setting.

Sunday, March 1

9:00 – 10:00 AM     Yoga
Start your day with some easy stretching and yoga poses set to some of your favorite Posi songs.
If you do not have a yoga mat, bring a towel.

11:00 AM     “Bite Off More Than You Can Chew" A Musical Faith Lift with Reverend David Ault
An hour of positive music and empowering messages

1:30 – 3:00 PM     5th Annual Speakers Symposium
"Being the change you wish to see in the world" Andy Conyer

3:30 -5:00 PM     Song circles led by David Roth
Share your songs with your fellow conference attendees in this safe song circle format. Multiple circles.

7:00 PM     10th Annual Posi Awards! co-hosted by Richard Mekdeci & Sue Riley and starring the 2014 Posi Award Finalists
The culmination of a music-filled weekend. It’s the best of the best of Posi Music from 2013. Be the first to see who takes home this year’s Posi Awards.

After Awards “Back Stage” Celebration: $10 ticketed event with a cash bar.
Join the artists for live music, singing, dancing and celebrating this year’s Nominees.  The party starts ½ hour after the close of the Posi Awards.

Monday, March 2

10:00 AM – Noon     Closing Circle and Heart Sing with Nathen Aswell
Celebrate the weekend that we’ve spent together by connecting with simple, inspirational, heart opening music, and return home feeling grounded, centered and re-energized!

THIS YEAR’S PRESENTERS:

David Ault is highly regarded as one of the finest visionary vocalists and motivational speakers within the New Thought/transformational movement.His focus on remembering the Divine within and reclaiming that connection has empowered hundreds of thousands on their spiritual journey. The union of David’s charismatic message and heartfelt singing has elevated him to guest speaker of choice in many nationwide churches and global organizations.
As an ordained minister and practitioner through Religious Science International, as well as author, songwriter/recording artist, David has traveled and shared his gifts for well over twenty years. Working closely with notables Louise Hay and Marianne Williamson and sharing the stage with many cherished mentors ranging from the late Og Mandino to Dr. Barbara King, Jerald Jampolsky, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Father Leo Booth and Mary Manin-Morrisey, David harvested that experience and developed his own unique style of teaching. His compassionate presence, warmth and humor continue to be an unforgettable guidepost for audiences as they rediscover and reawaken to their personal magnificence.David has founded the first ever Non-government regulated school in Cambodia and is dedicated to helping the children and their families realize a better way of life through education and basic necessities, such as fresh water.

Nathen Aswell believes that his calling in this life is to inspire and heal through his heart-centered music making. His debut CD Little By Little is a powerful realization of this calling, fully intertwining his two passions of music and spirituality and joyously reminding us that LOVE is all there is, and that we are all ONE. Nathen honours his calling by performing at faith-based Conferences, Church Services, Kirtans (devotional chanting events) and House Concerts in both Canada and the United States, presenting his “conscious pop” music with his voice and the NS Stick – an 8-stringed electronic instrument that can be plucked like a bass, strummed like a guitar, or tapped with both hands like a piano.
Nathen is a proud supporter of Seva Canada, whose mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness in the developing world. (Nathen donates 10% of all performance fees, and $1 from every CD and DVD sale, to Seva Canada. (NathenAswell.com)

Stowe Dailey is a singer-songwriter and best-selling author. She co-wrote the hit song, Long Time Comin’ for the group, Shenandoah. Her album, Angel Chants, was the sound track of Angel Stories, featured on T.L.C.  She has co-authored five books, including Journey of Light, the story of her own troubled childhood and she is also a volunteer music therapist for Alive Hospice and cancer clinics. Stowe currently tours (with duet partner—Karen Taylor-Good) doing concerts, musical keynotes, workshops, and promoting her latest book and CD, Flying High. www.flyinghighbook.com

Karen Drucker has recorded 11 CDs of her original inspirational music and has won numerous awards for her volunteer work for performing and producing shows for organizations in need. Karen has been called a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music. She has been a professional comedienne, and has been the spokesperson for “Bread and Roses” (performing in convalescent hospitals, prisons, children’s hospitals, etc.). She started her own organization, “Artists For A Cause,” to raise awareness and funds for organizations in need by producing concerts featuring local entertainers. She sings, speaks and leads workshops at women’s retreats, mind-body & health conferences and various churches around the country. She also performs music for ministers, workshop facilitators, and authors including Joan Borysenko, SARK, Alan Cohen, Mary Manin Morrissey and many others. Her passion is making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.  (www.KarenDrucker.com)

Robert Finnigan: Over the past 41 years, Bob has developed for clients a written plan covering various aspects of financial planning. Bob’s affiliation with Financial Network has provided him additional leverage with respect to the quality of research, financial products and additional professional relationships he can offer.  Business Experiences includes: Branch Manager – Raymond James ; Financial Services, Inc.;  General Partner – Roney & Co., Marketing Specialist – Merrill Lynch; Sr. Financial Analyst – ExCellO Corp., Systems Analyst – ExCellO Corp., Consultant – Coopers & Lybrand, Staff Accountant – Coopers & Lybrand. Bob is a member of  Financial Planning Assoc., Stellar Gaia Alliances, Certified Financial Planner, Board of Standards, Inc Past-President & Board Member of SE Michigan Chapter FPA and Member & Volunteer Coordinator- Friends of Unity spiritual community.

Pam Lontos is president of Pam and Lontos consulting and former vice president of Disney’s Shamrock Broadcasting where she raised sales 500% in one year.  She is founder of PR/PR Public Relations and has been featured on CNN, the New York Times, Entrepreneur and more.  Pam won the 2011 IRWIN award for “Publicist of the Year” and is the author of,  I See Your Name Everywhere: Leverage the Power of the Media to Grow Your Fame, Wealth and Success.  Pam has a Masters degree in psychology and advertising.  (www.PamLontos.com)

Harold Payne is a multi-platinum and Posi award winning songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky heartfelt vocals have graced stages around the world. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, the Temptations, and long-time collaborator, Bobby Womack—literally from Peter Paul and Mary to Snoop Dogg. Although a major part of Harold Payne’s career has involved songwriting, he has maintained a performance schedule over several decades that averages 200 plus dates per year. He often uses his uncanny gift for spontaneity to create recap songs of talks just presented and custom material for various tributes, “team building” and leadership activities to help make these events more entertaining and interactive while still imparting important content. (www.HaroldPayneMusic.com)

David Roth has been leading workshops on songwriting, singing, and performance for more than two decades and is honored to be a part of the Posi Music Festival once more.  Now in his 27th year of full-time music-making, David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary concerts, NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis (his song, “Rocket Science” circled the earth in 2009), the “Rise Up Singing” Songbook, more than 300 New Thought Centers throughout North America, countless coffeehouses, conferences, concert halls, festivals, and 13 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. The former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute won his 4th consecutive Posi Award last year (among 10 nominations since we began) and joyfully returns to our gathering from his home on Cape Cod where for the past 8 years he’s hosted the Full Moon Open Mic, providing a forum for local musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations for local non-profit organizations. (www.davidrothmusic.com)

Karen Taylor Good is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-author with numerous radio hits by Patty Loveless, Laura Branigan, Melissa Manchester, to name a few. Named Songwriter of the Year for the Patty Loveless hit, How Can I Help You Say Good-bye, she’s been the voice behind national jingles for United Airlines, Taco Bell, McDonalds and she’s recorded with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & Kenny Rogers. She is currently on tour (with duet partner—Stowe Dailey Shockey) doing concerts, musical keynotes, workshops, and promoting her latest CD, Let the Light In.  (www.karentaylorgood.com)

Jana Stanfield’s compositions have sold over 5 million CDs worldwide, earning her gold and platinum albums.  You’ve heard her music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, and the movie 8 Seconds, recorded by Reba McEntire and others.   A multiple Posi Award Winning Artist, and winner of the Grace Note Award for  spreading Positive Music throughout the world, Jana has shared stages with performers ranging from musicians like Kenny Loggins and The Dixie Chicks, to speakers like Deepak Chopra and Lily Tomlin. Through her Keynote Concerts, Inc., Jana performs at events like TEDx India, TEDxNASA, and she leads volun-tour trips around the world.

Faith Rivera  If Tony Robbins were a girl, could sing like Mariah, groove like Madonna, & inspire like Oprah - you'd get Faith Rivera, Hawaii-born Singer, Songwriter & an Emmy-winner for Outstanding Original Song on NBC’s Passions.  She is most known for her high-energy performances & hip-shakin' music for all ages & faiths.  Her original music has been featured on TV shows like Hawaii 5-0 & ER and with authors/ teachers like Marianne Williamson to Jack Canfield.  She has sung with Luther Vandross to Neil Young and wowed audiences from the Hollywood Bowl to the Honolulu Symphony, the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia to Peace concerts from Tokyo to St. Croix.  She performed in her first musical in 2011 alongside an all-star cast including Shirley Jones & Betty Buckley and for GATE (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment) with Eckhart Tolle, Jim Carrey, Jean Houston & more spiritual activists in attendance.  She looks forward to serving as the Music Director for the Awakened World conference in Italy this October bringing together leaders from different faiths & cultures.  Faith lives in sunny Long Beach, California with her high-school sweetheart Nolan Hee & baby boy, Kai.  As a family, they enjoy finding new ways to empower the Everyday SuperStar in everyone!

Greg Tamblyn was BORN TO RAISE EYEBROWS
An award winning speaker-humorist-singer-songwriter for over 20 years, Greg combines outstanding audience rapport with an irreverent sense of humor .  Based for many years in Nashville, Greg discovered there was no shortage of "Why me?" songs, and began exploring ways to lighten up life's challenges with mind-expanding songs like Self-Employment Made Harder By Difficult Boss, and Analog Brain In A Digital World. His humorous look at relationships, Common Side Effects Include, recently won the Humor category top honors in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards, out of over 140,000 songs submitted.
Along with six CDs, Greg has released his first book of stories from the road: Atilla The Gate Agent: Travel Tales and Life Lessons From a Musical Laf-ologist. After reading it, Dr. Larry Dossey was inspired to call Greg "...a contemporary Mark Twain..."
Notable awards:
"Best Comedy/Novelty Song"  - Just Plain Folks Music Awards 
"Christmas Single of the Year"  - Cashbox magazine
"Best Comedy Song"  - Music City Song Festival
"Best Humorous Song"  - emPower Posi Music Awards
“Most Uniting Song”  -emPower  Posi Music Awards
"Best Male Vocalist in Kansas City"  - Squire Newspapers

Penny Nichols: A long shining star in the folk music firmament, Penny has been a professional singer/songwriter, studio singer and vocal arranger, and vocal and harmony teacher in a career that has bridged the decades from opening shows at the Avalon and Fillmore in San Francisco in the Sixties for the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band, the Byrds and others to being one of the first Choral Reeferettes in the Jimmy Buffett band, being nominated for Grammy's in the 80's for background singing and vocal arranging and much more.  She got her doctorate in 1991 from Harvard University in the field of education, specializing in pitch perception research and is the founding director of SummerSongs, Inc.; a non-profit organization for songwriters which put's on 4 camps every year for adults who want to learn how to be better songwriters and musicians.  You can find out more about Penny at www.pennynichols.com and more about SummerSongs at www.summersongs.com

Download the PMF schedule here (pdf)

 


GOOD WORDS

Last year's emPower Posi Music Festival,  was a jam packed weekend of music, workshops, and fun.  Here's what some of the attendees are saying about the experience.

"Just want to send you a big hug of appreciation for the Posi gathering. It was really amazing. What a thrill to see so many remarkable artists working together to make such meaningful music. We loved it."  (Flossie Ernzen, Licensed Unity Teacher)

"I am SO enriched by the Posi Festival.. thank you so much!"  (Linda Chubbuck, performing artist)

"You organize a really amazing event—I met so many terrific folks whom I can't wait to see again."  (Jeff Brown)

"I feel so blessed to be in this tribe of amazingly gifted, generous, funny, and inspiring people."  (Karen Drucker, Posi artist)

 

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