New Scholarship at Blair School of Music Honors Music Promoter Leon Jackson

A new scholarship fund has been established at the Blair School of Music in honor of Leon Jackson, the late music and event promoter who introduced a generation of Nashvillians to electronic dance music.

DDP Worldwide Inc., better known as Disco Donnie Presents, has made a $100,000 charitable contribution to Vanderbilt to endow the Leon Jackson Scholarship. This need-based scholarship will go to deserving undergraduate students at Vanderbilt Blair, with preference given to students from groups that are underrepresented at the school.

Jackson, who died of colorectal cancer in 2016 at age 47, was a beloved figure in Nashville’s nightclub community for more than 20 years, promoting dance and electronica events at venues throughout the city, starting as a “street team” promoter at Nashville’s Hillwood High School and Belmont University, then through his own production company, Ultimo Presents, and later in partnership with large-scale event promoters Insomniac Events and Disco Donnie Presents.

Jackson worked all his life to erase prejudice and pigeonholing in the music industry by giving a voice and platform to talented artists from a wide range of communities and musical genres. This scholarship continues that legacy, by helping increase diversity of viewpoint and experience at Vanderbilt Blair.

“In the five years since Leon left us, we’ve reflected on the positive mark he left in this world,” said Donnie Estopinal, CEO of Disco Donnie Presents. “He was a mentor to many, and helped provide opportunities to upcoming talent in the Nashville music scene. DDP couldn’t think of a more fitting way to continue his legacy than through an endowed scholarship in the field he loved most.

“Leon knew the power of higher education and its ability to change lives, and he viewed the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music as aspirational. But above all, he was an observer and listener. And he understood the importance of understanding diversity in life and its potential in business.”

“We are proud to honor the memory of Leon Jackson with this new scholarship,” said Lorenzo F. Candelaria, Dean of the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music. “In addition to foregrounding in perpetuity an important and dazzling entrepreneur in the music industry, the Leon Jackson Scholarship firmly underscores our commitment to inclusive excellence at Vanderbilt Blair.” Disco Donnie Presents is an award-winning and recognized leader in electronic dance music event production, founded by veteran promoter James “Disco” Donnie Estopinal. Since the company’s inception in 1994, DDP has sold more than 17 million tickets, producing more than 17,000 live events, arena shows and outdoor festivals in more than 100 markets around the world, including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Panama. Annually, DDP is responsible for organizing and promoting nearly 1,000 club events across the U.S. ranging from Portland, Columbus, Houston, Tampa, New Orleans, Dallas, and St. Louis to name only a few. DDP is also known for producing such major festivals such as The Day After, Ultimate Music Experience, Sun City Music Festival and, most recently, Ubbi Dubbi, Sunset Music Festival, Ember Shores and Freaky Deaky.

For more information, contact Vanderbilt Blair Director of External Relations Kristin Whittlesey at kristin.whittlesey@vanderbilt.edu or 615-491-7460.

Disco Donnie Presents Honors First Responders, Veterans, and Gold-Star Families with $1,000,000 Ticket Donation

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Disco Donnie Presents, one of the country’s leading live music promoters, has pledged to donate $1,000,000 worth of tickets to its 2022 festivals and club events, including Ubbi Dubbi, Sunset Music Festival, Freaky Deaky, and over 1,000 club shows around the US.

The donation was made to non-profit organizations Vet Tix and 1st Tix. Vet Tix and 1st Tix (which is powered by Vet Tix) are national 501(c)(3) non-profit foundations supporting our military and first responder communities. These services provide free event tickets to first responders, currently serving military, veterans, and gold-star families to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, and family activities.

The donation is dedicated in memory of PFC Jason Hill Estopinal, Donnie’s younger cousin, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010 during his service in Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Our first responders and veterans are the ones who keep us safe and they’ve had a rough year. We wanted to show them some love, honor their work, and spark a little joy, by welcoming our heroes to our best festivals and club shows. We invite other promoters from all types of music to join us in this effort,” Disco Donnie said.

The $1,000,000 worth of tickets donation follows up on a $150,000 donation of 2021 Freaky Deaky Texas tickets, which just took place this past Halloween. In addition to ticket donations, Freaky Deaky has also made donations to local groups, including $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $10,000 to the Texas Association of First Responders. DDP also donated $25,000 to Americares for Hurricane Ida relief. In total, DDP has donated over $500,000 to local charities where the festivals are operated. DDP’s combined ticket and cash donations over the past eight years total over $1.5 million, reinforcing their commitment to giving back and supporting the communities that support them.

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Limited Edition R.A.V.E. Collectors T-shirt Now on Sale for Charity!

For 2020, Disco Donnie Presents is promoting voter registration in an effort to reach young people and music fans through its R.A.V.E (Register and Vote Everywhere) campaign.

The campaign aims to reach fans where they already are – at concerts and online — to inform and empower them.

To commemorate the campaign, we’re producing a very limited number of R.A.V.E. collectors t-shirts.

Get yours before they’re gone!

All proceeds will benefit Headcount.org, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.

Support Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

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Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma made landfall on the island, Puerto Rico experienced the worst natural disaster in nearly a century. Making direct hit, Hurricane Maria’s impact was far more devastating and was recorded as the fifth-strongest storm ever on U.S. soil, according to NASA. Urgent help is needed, as nearly all of the residents are left at risk in need of assistance recovering.

This news hits close to home because our dance crew’s founder, Donnie Estopinal, personally has family in Puerto Rico. Join us to support local relief efforts in New York and Florida along with our partners at HTG Events and Sunset Events including a free benefit concert One Dance, One Cause at The Ritz Ybor on Sunday, October 8th. Help our Caribbean neighbors by donating supplies to trusted organizations that will ensure proper distribution. Give whatever you can, every little bit counts!

Your Voice Counts

Go the extra mile, contact your congressman to help expedite a Federal aid package! To easily find your representatives, visit https://www.house.gov/representatives/find or navigate via the Facebook Town Hall feature located under the “Explore” section of your News Feed.

Trusted Organizations

There are a number of humanitarian groups providing care packages and vital equipment to victims on the storm’s path. Put your resources into good hands by donating to accredited charities such as Doctors Without Borders, The Salvation Army, All Hands Volunteers, and Make A Difference Foundation.

Donate Supplies to Collection Centers

Here’s how you can help. We’re asking the Disco community to drop-off supplies at the following collection centers. Important items include: medicine, first-aid kits, drinking water, personal-hygiene and feminine-care products, construction materials, cots and sleeping bags, diapers and wet wipes, tents and awnings, bedding, pet food, kitchenware, bug repellent, baby formula, pajamas, sheets, and towels.

Orlando

  • Harbor Community Bank: 2320 S. Orange Ave.
  • Harbor Community Bank: 11681 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite #1
  • Harbor Community Bank: 430 N. Semoran Blvd.

Tampa

  • Walmart: 1505 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
  • Homeland Intelligence Technologies Warehouse: 4916 S Lois Ave.

Miami

  • El Rinconcito de Santa Barbara Restaurant: 2050 W. 56 St. (Hialeah)
  • Central Command Warehouse: 535 NW 24st St.

Manhattan

  • Engine 91 Ladder 11: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)
  • Engine 95 Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
  • Engine 28 Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

Bronx

  • EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
  • EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
  • Engine 64 Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
  • Engine 83 Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)

Queens

  • Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
  • Engine 289 Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
  • Engine 307 Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)

Brooklyn

  • Engine 271 Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 277 Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 201 Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)
  • Engine 228 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)
  • Engine 218 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

Staten Island

  • Engine 153 Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
  • Engine 157 Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
  • Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)

We'll Match Every Dollar Donated for Hurricane Relief!

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We’re still in shock from the unprecedented damage Texas and Florida have endured and all that’s been lost due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In this time of need, we’re reaching out to the Disco community to lend a helping hand. Now when you buy tickets to many of our clubs shows and events, you can make a donation during checkout — and we’ll match it dollar for dollar!

Thanks to our partnership with The Salvation Army, we’re able to come together to support short- and long-term relief efforts. It’s more vital than ever to pitch in, so we’ve streamlined the process. Help those displaced from their homes and we’ll match every dollar donated. To make a difference, select your tickets and simply add-on a donation up to $100, before choosing your payment option. Donate at checkout!

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Give a Beat Celebrates the UN’s International Youth Day

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In partnership with DJs and promoters across the U.S., Give a Beat’s International Youth Day events are raising awareness and funds for music and mentoring programs, to give young people a voice! Together we can help break the vicious grip of incarceration in America, participating cities include Chicago, Detroit, Durham, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tucson.

Spread Positive Change

August 12th is the UN declared International Youth Day, which “aims to remind the public of the importance of youth as a stage in life and is celebrated all over the world.” On this date each year, the UN recognizes efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society and also promotes ways to engage youth to get more involved in making positive contributions to their communities. Give a Beat, in partnership with promotional partners, is hoping to raise awareness about how youth are being negatively affected by the mass incarceration crisis and raise funds toward our programs that offer positive alternatives to the school-to-prison pipeline.

In addition to raising funds for Give a Beat’s innovative programs, a major educational initiative will be implemented so that attendees can learn about the myriad ways in which the mass incarceration epidemic is negatively affecting youth, and how to get involved and push for positive change. This is an ongoing nationwide effort by Give a Beat to raise awareness and educate dance music fans and the public at large about the plight of youth in marginalized American communities.

Besides the actual events, a greater number of artists and DJs will participate in I Give a Beat About Youth, a social media awareness campaign, whereby they will create and share videos that educate the world about the mounting setbacks faced by youth who grow up in communities impacted by mass incarceration. Visit Give a Beat’s IYD 2017 page in the near future to view and share these engaging videos.

The Issues:

The deleterious effects of mass incarceration are particularly difficult for American youth in marginalized communities. Currently, 2.7 million children (minors under 18) in the United States have an incarcerated parent. In addition, the United States is the world leader in incarcerating youth, spending $6 billion per year on juvenile corrections. On any given day, there are over 70,000 juveniles in custody in the U.S. Furthermore, the U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that puts minors into solitary confinement, tries them as adults, imposes life sentences without parole, and sends juveniles to adult prisons at a stunning average cost of $80K a year, more than a Harvard education. And perhaps most disturbing, 1 in 3 African American youth will be in prison during their lifetime.

“There are so many people locked up in the U.S. right now: women, teens – most who have already been victimized and are now separated from family. Our for-profit prison system has been able to grow unabatedly for 45 years. It’s a machine, making it very difficult to intervene and correct, but there is still a lot we can do. For one, we can just be there for people who’ve been through it by receiving them when they get out. This alone can make a world of difference.” says Lauren Segal.

Give A Beat and Help Someone Get 'On a New Track'

Our friends at Give A Beat assists recently incarcerated individuals through the transformative power of dance music. Check out their latest crowdfunding campaign dedicated to raising money for the creation of a groundbreaking entrepreneur mentor program. Give someone the start of a new life and support this project on Start Some Good!

With a goal of raising between $15,000-20,000, Give A Beat aims to design an entrepreneur mentor program that will provide participants with opportunities to be self-sufficient economically. Statistics around re-arrest are staggering and with the support of empathetic dance music lovers like you, programs such as this can extend our culture of inspiration and optimism to those who need it most.

Donate to Give A Beat and help someone get “On a New Track” now!

Thank You for Giving Back and for an Amazing Fore on the Floor

We’d to like thank everyone who came out to Fore on the Floor this past Wednesday, March 17th during WMC to swing away for a good cause and throw down at our second Charity Golf Classic. Our time at the Miami Beach Golf Club was spectacular and because of your support, our fundraising efforts were able to raise $10,000 to benefit the Watering Seeds Organization – a group dedicated to providing sports rehabilitation and recreational opportunities for Wounded Warriors.

Anthony Netto, founder of the Stand Up and Play Foundation, also pledged to match the funds raised by the tournament in order to place a brand new $30,000 paramobile device in the Miami area. The Stand Up and Play Foundation helps wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility have the opportunity to stand up and participate in sporting, artistic and other daily events.

Again, we want to offer our many thanks to everyone who came out to Fore on the Floor and helped give back to our community. We also extend a special thank you to Brazzabelle, MAKJ, and our sponsors AM Only, Sunset Events, Sunset Music Festival, Bobby Bradley, Ovum, RPM, Charity Golf, Les Jeux Champagne, Express Auto Lease, Botran Aged Rum, Gosling’s Rum, Monster Energy, RAPP Black, BODYARMOR SuperDrink, VO|CO Vodka & Coconut Water, Vita Coco, and Monster for their participation and support of this year’s event. We’ll see you again next year!

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Throwdown During WMC at Our Charity Golf Classic Fore on the Floor

Swing away for a good cause during Miami Winter Music Conference 2016 by throwing down at the second Fore on the Floor Charity Golf Classic, taking place Wednesday, March 17th at the Miami Beach Golf Club.

Brought to you by Disco Donnie Presents, Life In Color, and Matt Gavin Enterprises as an official event of WMC, our fun-filled day on the course is benefiting the Watering Seeds Organization – a group dedicated to providing sports rehabilitation and recreational opportunities for Wounded Warriors.

Buy tickets now!

A special thanks to our sponsors: Monster Energy, RAPP Watches, Vita Coco, Charity Golf International, Express Auto Leasing.

Hole in 2 Wins!

Joining us this year will be celebrity golfer, Bobby Bradley. Bradley, a former pitcher in minor league baseball, is a nine-time finalist for world’s longest drive. And you’ll want to channel his skills when it’s your turn to swing because we’ve got an amazing prize for whoever lands a hole-in-two, courtesy of Charity Golf International.

  • American Airlines Airfare for Two (2) to San Francisco, CA
  • Two (2) Nights Stay at Pebble Beach Lodge
  • Three (3) Rounds of Golf for Two (2) at Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay
  • Trip Value: $5000

For additional information or inquiries about player and sponsorship packages, please contact Matthew Gavin.

Join Us at #FUCKCANCERMIAMI With 3LAU, Michael Brun, & Swanky Tunes During MMW

For Miami Music Week this year, let’s join together in saying a resounding, “Fuck Cancer!” Find us poolside on Thursday, March 17th, from noon until midnight at Epic Hotel where we’ll be partying down to raise funds and awareness for a good cause. Now we are pleased to announce an incredible lineup, laying down the beats for our full day of fun including 3LAU, Michael Brun, and Swanky Tunes!

To bring you this special event we’ve teamed up with WeRMiami and MooseKnuckles, directing proceeds to benefit the Women’s Breast and Heart Initiative and Fuck Cancer programs. Now, this isn’t your average ticket; for this event, your “ticket” is a t-shirt. Representing the different hued cancer ribbons, choose your favorite color t-shirt or tank and wear it loud and proud to gain entry.

Buy your tickets now!

Be a Part of the Party at #FUCKCANCERMIAMI

Master of the mashup, Vegas-resident 3LAU recently gave us a reminder of how he took the dance world by storm, releasing the fifth installment of his Dance Floor Filth series. Combining beautiful melodies with uplifting, emotional energy, get a feel for the young producer’s signature euphoria this March during MMW.

Originally, on the path to study pre-med, the Haitian sensation, Michael Brun, will bring his sun-drenched signature sound to our Fuck Cancer pool party. The innovative trio, Swanky Tunes, will make their way to Miami from Russia (with love), bringing their electro brand of big room house.

You will receive your Fuck Cancer shirt on the day of the show.

Fuck Cancer Miami Music Week 2016

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