Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Meet WENDEE!


WENDEE is a new Music Artist Development and Management Company founded by industry executives Wendy Kay and Dennis Gelbaum.

Music Artist Development is equal parts art, science, creativity and strategic thinking. WENDEE will offer music artists a plethora of options and opportunities starting with the Music Artist Assessment - helping to identify a path that can help artists succeed, MAD (Music Artist Development), a 6-day, semi-private/group program that provides artists many of the tools they need to run their business, ROCKSTAR! - a 5-day private program that gets the artist ready to run their business and launch their career and the Virtual Studio - Seminars, Workshops and Lessons - artists refine their music skills and work with WENDEE coaches to strengthen their brand. Artists who participate in Dream Night Talent Search may qualify for discounts on some of WENDEE’S services and resources.

WENDEE Artists will have the opportunity to appear on The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, regional, national and international tours, corporate/brand funded events, and to license their music for TV shows (traditional broadcast, streaming...), feature films, commercials and more. WENDEE creates opportunities for our artists, plain and simple. 

Wendy Kay is the CEO/Founder of Utopia Artists, Mars Talent Agency and Dream Night Talent Search. Wendy is an industry influencer with more than 30 years experience and has a passion for discovering new talent. Wendy has represented (developed, managed, promoted and booked) internationally recognized artists and enjoys producing multi-act concerts. Wendy created Dream Night Talent Search to give music artists an opportunity to showcase their talent, a chance to win prizes, participate in workshops and to help music artists succeed in the music business.

Wendy’s enthusiasm for her latest venture is apparent, “Working with Dream Night/WENDEE keeps me young and humble and I never tire of the dedicated talent I get to meet and grow to love!”

Dennis Gelbaum is the CEO/Founder of ramp it up entertainment, a full service creative boutique - brand experience agency, multimedia production and global events company providing services and resources to hundreds of clients in more than 75 countries. Dennis is an international award winning Creative Director, Producer, Director, Writer, Author and Inventor. Dennis has helped develop hundreds of music artists and has worked with many of the biggest acts and venues in the world!

Dennis Gelbaum adds, “Our goal is to create exciting opportunities for our artists - connecting them to brands and fans in authentic ways through shared passions and interests. We work with our artists as their personal trainer and manager and everything we do will help to define their brand, refine their music skills and get them on the path to success in this business.”

We are proud to announce the newest addition to our management roster: London - Alt Pop Rock singer/songwriter from Houston, TX. London is a brilliant pop-rock gem with a powerful, unique voice of beauty.








Sunday, July 15, 2018

FREE Offer: Music Artist Assessment.


Smile, It's a FREE Offer! On July 16th, ramp it up entertainment and Utopia Artists will be offering ReverbNation members* the opportunity to sign up for a FREE Music Artist Assessment - helping artists define and refine their brand, find new fans, advance their career and more. Yeah, it's FREE! (*For a select few. For a limited time. Some restrictions may apply.) 

If you can't wait, you can sign up for a paid assessment HERE:

Friday, June 22, 2018

ramp it up entertainment launches International Music Artist Development Division


WE HAVE A PASSION FOR MUSIC ARTISTS



We work with music artists of all ages, genres and performance levels to define and refine their brand. We start with an Artist Assessment that provides us with an incredible amount of information and helps to clearly identify a path that can help music artists succeed. We act as the music artist's personal trainer, often acting as the artist's manager. We connect music artists to songwriters, producers, recording studios, mix engineers, booking agents, record labels, publishers, distributors and brand/potential sponsors.  

The path often includes:
  • Creating new website or refining existing website
  • Introducing the importance of 360 marketing/promotions
  • How to: engage with fans and create/manage fan clubs
  • Creating an EPK and other marketing materials
  • Designing new logo or refining existing logo
  • Designing, pricing and manufacturing merchandise
  • Managing social media platforms - what to post, when to post, why to post, like, comment and share and who to connect with
  • Managing YouTube channel, producing video content for YouTube, monitizing artist's YouTube channel
  • Consulting with make-up, hair and wardrobe stylist (s)
  • Managing still photo shoots
  • Producing music videos: performance and lyric
  • Producing behind the scenes video content
  • Consulting on song selection - mix of covers and originals
  • Consulting on show creative direction
  • Consulting on refining stage presence skills
  • How to: book gigs and best practices for optimum gig production
  • Refining artist's on camera and behind the mic interview skills
  • Planning, producing the artist's launch event.



Dennis Gelbaum, CEO, ramp it up entertainment, is proud to be a
 judge/mentor for the Dream Night Talent Search,
featuring two days of auditions, workshops and competition. 
Winners receive cash prizes and music more! 





Monday, June 4, 2018

New Multimedia Project To Give Those 65&Older a Voice!

International award winning Producer, Director, Author and Inventor Dennis Gelbaum launches a new multimedia project to give those 65&Older a Voice! 


65&Older is a multimedia interactive project. Dennis will be interviewing 1500 65+ year old individuals (and their families, significant others, friends...) to learn about the paths their lives have taken and how they will be/are dealing with getting older. 

The multi-year project will include a book with photographs, illustrations and short stories, video from each interview, a documentary film and broadcast series, a website and social media platforms to connect with others through similar passions and interests. 

Why this is a significant and an important project?
Seniors matter and they have plenty to contribute to our everyday lives. Sharing their wisdom, experiences, mentoring and influencing others, all priceless. 

Think about this: 
There are now more Americans age 65&Older than at any other time in U.S. history. The numbers are staggering. And how we (those under 65) interact with our senior citizens, could very will determine our future. 

47.8 million! 
As of July 1, 2015, there were approximately 47.8 million senior citizens - 65&Older - in the United States. This group accounted for 14.9% of the total population. The 65&Older population grew 1.6 million from 2014. 

98.2 million
The projected population of those 65&Older will be 98.2 million by 2060. People in this age group will comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents. Of this number, 19.7 million will be age 85 or older.

According to recent data, there are approximately 901 million people worldwide who are 60 and over. By 2050, that number will reach 2.1 billion people, or 21.5 percent of the global population. Global AgeWatch Index recently ranked the top 10 places for older adults live. They are Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Iceland, Japan, United States and the United Kingdom.  We, the US, have got to do better! 

Dennis adds, 
“After doing everything I could do to avoid this, I finally gave in. i joined the 65&Older group on March 31st, 2018! i now look forward to having the time to enjoy my “retirement”. (I’m only working 10 hours a day.) But this time off gives me time to reflect, think about where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished, what I could have or should have done differently, my legacy. 

And now I have plenty of time to WORRY! 

I worry about my parents, my wife, my kids, my kid’s kids, my sister, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, friends, my dog too, ending up alone, being a burden to others, having enough money. 

I worry about my thinning hair, my hearing - will I need a hearing aid, my eyesight - will I be able to keep driving, will I lose my teeth, will I be able to walk on my own? 

I worry about being alone, not being in love, not holding someone’s hand. I worry about never being kissed again! 

I worry about having to pee - a lot. And having to always know where a bathroom is, will I end up wearing an adult diaper? 

I worry about losing my memory and if I’ll forget everything...everything I’ve been worrying about. What will I forget, what will I remember?

And I worry about our country and the entire planet. Are we doing enough to help each other and work together to make this planet a safe, happy and healthy place to live - for generations to come?

I worry a lot! Maybe I worry too much?

I'm amazed by some of the 65&Older folks I have been meeting. Many have enjoyed incredible lives, accomplished so many wonderful things, contributed in ways that I only could have dreamed of. And the one common thread I keep hearing over and over again is have I done enough, could I have done more, will anyone miss me when I'm gone? Some of them asked if I knew of a good piano teacher, place to get their bicycle repaired, could I recommend a good book, red wine, a movie or if I have tried one of the new restaurants in town? And, there have been those who asked if I knew of an honest financial advisor, a good doctor, the best place to retire, the best place for assisted living?" 

A history lesson: 
After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. Every president since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation changing the name of this observance to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate the age 65 and older population through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

65&Older will engage, motivate and inspire us to celebrate Senior Citizen Day EVERY DAY! 

if you would like to share your story, please don't hesitate to contact me at dennisjgelbaum@gmail.com

Friday, May 18, 2018

Live From the Ozarks Amphitheater - It's the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search!


Wendy Klein Kay, Utopia Artists, Mars Talent and the Ozarks Amphitheater Present the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search. Live auditions and competition start Friday, July 20th. Main "Live Concert" event is on Saturday, July 21, Doors 6PM, Show 7PM-10PM.

Dennis Gelbaum, (CEO of ramp it up entertainment) will be one of the judges and will be working with the artists on defining and refining their brand, website, logo, merchandise  fan club, social media platforms, stage presence, songwriting, song production, youtube, booking gigs and more. Breakout sessions will also include "How To Connect To And Attract Brand Sponsorships".




"My first experience as a Dream Night Talent Search judge was at the 2018 Texas Dream Night Talent Search on May 5th & 6th at the amazing Texan Theater in Greenville, TX.  I worked with some incredible judges, met some awesome music artists, enjoyed inspiring performances and learned so much from everyone who participated. I am so excited that I have been invited to participate at the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search in Camdenton, MO. If you are ready to take your music career to the next level, join us, perform, compete and BLAST OFF! Your journey, your success, helping to make your dreams come true - that's what the Dream Night Talent Search is all about." 



What is Dream Night Talent Search?
Dream Night Talent Search, is a premiere opportunity for emerging music artists to showcase their unique skills in front of top industry professionals. Our main focus is on providing participants with two full days of mentoring by our team.

There are three age categories - 9-17, 18-29, 30+. The winner from each age* category will receive a $500 cash prize, with the overall winner receiving an additional $500 AND an opportunity to audition for the producers of The Voice, American Idol, America's Got Talent, Little Big Shots, Senior Big Shots and more. The overall winner also receives a video of his or her live performance and extensive online and offline media coverage. There will be many other prizes donated by our participating sponsors. *Depending on the number of contestants and their ages, the age categories are subject to change.

Rules:
You must register at  Click HERE To Register  and click on Missouri or at  Click HERE To Register to enter the contest. You may enter one  or two music video(s) to be judged and rated by fans. Acceptable music videos include simple raw footage of artist performing or more elaborate music videos. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND at least one of the videos showcasing a live performance. In addition, every music artist must upload a personal video, to give fans and industry professionals a better perspective of the artist behind the music. Music fans and industry professionals select the top 60 rated artists. The sooner you post your videos the sooner our industry professionals get to see you. There is no cost to register. There is a $5 enrollment fee, which will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Click on Register, upload videos, wait for acceptance email then click on enroll in Missouri.  

Please note: If you miss the Online Registration deadline follow us on Facebook  HERE for up to date enrollment extensions or an invite to participate in a "live" audition on Friday, July 20th. 

Day 2 (Saturday, July 21, 12PM-4PM) Performances and mentoring sessions continue - all day! 
The top 20-30 artists (making it through the Online Phase and the live auditions) will perform in front of our judges and a live audience at the Ozark Amphitheater. Concert is 7PM-10PM.  Each artist must be prepared to sing three additional songs. Our Judges will announce the top music artists for each of the three age categories and our Grand Prize winner. 

Tickets will go on sale soon. Click HERE For Tickets.







Saturday, March 10, 2018

Behind The Scenes with Jamaican Recording Artist Jah Vinci 
working on his new single, "Satidra". 
LuLu Beatz, from Portland, OR, 
will be adding vocals for the duet version 
as well as recording her solo version of "Satidra" 
in English, Spanish and Italian.






Thursday, January 25, 2018

Dennis Gelbaum Featured in VoyageDallas


January 24th, 2018
Today we’d like to introduce you to 
Dennis Gelbaum.
Don’t just make noise – ramp it up! That basically sums up my life. Everything I have ever done has been loud – nothing subtle about me or what I do. (I’m a New Yorker – born and raised in The Bronx! Moved to Plano, July 2013.)
I have two favorite quotes:
“Those who tell stories shape society” Plato
“When you have the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!” Lee Ann Womack


About VoyageDallas
Every neighborhood in Dallas has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From Deep Ellum to Arlington (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call Dallas home. 
About Voyage Media

We started Voyage Media in Los Angeles, with our flagship publication VoyagerLA. After generating our first million page views in LA we knew our content was resonating with the community.
We’ve since grown to Dallas and a handful of other amazing cities with the help of an amazing network of friends, associates, local insiders and influencers, PR firms, local bloggers, artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and other professionals.

OUR MISSION & EDITORIAL ETHOS

Our small team of 40 has been working hard to create a new type of media for our community. As you browse through our stories you’ll notice that many of our interviews aren’t as polished as you’ll find elsewhere in the media. That’s intentional – we believe that far too many in the media filter, edit, and polish away the personality of interviewees and as a result so much of what we see in the media feels like it’s coming from the same person, the same voice, etc.  We think it’s important for media to more authentically represent the communities they serve and so we try to ensure that voices of those we feature jump off the page.
We also think artists rock.  We love small businesses, mom-n-pops, and hole-in-the-walls. We’re not snobs, but we aren’t fond of most chains.  We think independent entrepreneurs, freelancers and other risk takers make our cities exciting to live in.  We cherish the rebel spirit, we don’t think just a handful of large corporations should control all of our commerce and we think smores with vegan marshmallows are better than normal marshmallows. We respect people and organizations that take the path less traveled.  We root for the underdogs and we almost never say no to pizza.
Accordingly our mission is build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make our city interesting.  We want to change the way people spend their money – rather than spending it with the big, cookie-cutter corporations we want them to spend their money with the independent, creative, local entrepreneurs, small businesses and artists.
And finally, we want the stories we share to help give our big city a little bit of that small town community charm, where people know each other and their stories at a deeper, more personal level.