Breinigsville, Pennsylvania (April 21, 2020) – Haydenfilms Institute and All Abilities Live are teaming up to present the Haydenfilms Jam Sessions for Good. The streaming event will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020 and will both entertain quarantined music fans while also benefiting two non-profit organizations.
“We wanted to raise awareness regarding the importance of staying home and remaining quarantined in an effort to flatten the curve of the coronavirus infection,” says HFI President and Founder, Hayden Craddolph. “We also wanted to entertain people and bring some attention to important organizations.”
Juan Castro, Founder of All Abilities Live, is also passionate about the idea of supporting these organizations through the power of music. “Being within the mental health field for nearly 20 years and having a multimedia company, we wanted to utilize our platforms,” he says. “We wanted to highlight the current impact COVID-19 has had within the mental health and special needs communities. We’re honored to work alongside Haydenfilms Institute. We felt Haydenfilms is the best partner due to their long history supporting initiatives such as this.”
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children and Autism New Jersey will both benefit directly in funds and awareness spread thanks to this Jam Session for Good.
“The very day that the Paterson Public School District shut its doors, Oasis became a food distribution site to meet the emergency needs of the poor,” says Executive Director Jennifer Brady. “We are now serving more than 1,000 hot meals and distributing more than 100 emergency food bags every day. We will keep doing this as long as we can.”
The show will feature musicians performing from home including Jess Novak (Syracuse, NY), Jocelyn & Chris (Fort Plain, NY), Center City Drive (Kutztown, PA), LG Izz (Allentown, PA), and Derick Knox (Drexel Hill, PA).
“I’m very excited that I get the chance to make music for people to listen to and enjoy,” says Tony Destin, vocalist of Center City Drive. “I’ll also get to perform with some of my closest friends, who I miss dearly. For me, making music is the most authentic way I know how to spread my positive energy and give back. Although our efforts are limited to the current technology, now is the best time to push the boundaries and experiment with what is possible.”
The show will air on May 11th at 8 p.m. EST on Allabilitieslive.com and will be available after the live stream for viewers to watch at any chosen time. Donations will be accepted online directly via https://oasisnj.org/donate and https://www.autismnj.org/donate/
“I think events like this are important because it shows a lot of things that we take for granted,” says Destin. “It’s important to think of people in need and the importance of self-care. We understand the gravity of what has been happening because of the pandemic and we want to help take part in raising funds to help those personally affected. You can expect that we’re going to put a lot of emotion into our music so we can spread the good vibes all around.”
Established in 2010, the Haydenfilms Institute (HFI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of independent filmmakers and screenwriters of all ages. Based in the Lehigh Valley, Pa., the institution provides educational opportunities that include labs, workshops, internships, networking events, and global filmmaking competitions. Haydenfilms LLC, established in 2001, is an arm of the institute that allows filmmakers to showcase their work through its Online Film Festival. Both HFI and Haydenfilms were established by founder Hayden Craddolph, who envisioned a way for filmmakers and storytellers worldwide to connect. In 2004, Haydenfilms hosted one of the world’s first online film festivals, which awarded $10,000 annually. The success of the first festival solidified the reputation of Haydenfilms LLC as a viable network platform and premier online resource for independent filmmakers. In 2012, the Haydenfilms Agency emerged to drive brands forward in today’s digital age through compelling campaigns and connecting to the audience on a deeper level. In 2019, Haydenfilms explored even greater creative heights by launching its first-ever podcast, Haydenfilms Verge, to meet and discuss with top figures about entrepreneurship, entertainment, technology, filmmaking, and influencers.
Established in 2019, All Abilities Live is a professional multimedia company. Based in Bergen County, NJ, All Abilities Live was originally conceptualized by founder Juan Castro, who recognized the wide, all-encompassing potential for live streaming youth sports. From there evolved the concept of live streaming special private and business-based events. All Abilities Live focuses on skill development across live streaming, photography, videography and social media marketing. In particular, the company provides countless co-op experiences and career opportunities within youth communities and vocational schools with both typical and atypical developing students. The company offers scholarships and workshop training sessions as part of its significant give-back philanthropy to communities. All Abilities Live is a division of All Abilities Sports, which provides recreational and therapeutic services to individuals with special needs across New Jersey.
For more information on Oasis, visit www.oasisnj.org.
For more information on Autism New Jersey, visit www.autismnj.org.
For more information on Jess Novak, visit www.jessrocknovak.com.
For more information on Jocelyn & Chris, visit www.jocelynandchrismusic.com.
For more information on Center City Drive, visit www.centercitydrive.com.
For more information on LG Izz, visit www.instagram.com/yothatslgizz.
For more information on Derick Knox, visit www.instagram.com/derickknoxrap.