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Music Archivist, John Dixon, Announces Annual $10,000 Donation to Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Phoenix, AZ, USA - John Dixon, better known as Johnny D (http://azmusicdude.com) is a music archivist whose passion is preserving the music of Arizona record labels is starting a tribute scholarship fund to Audio Recorders of Arizona founders, Floyd and Mary Ramsey. John, along with Fervor Records executives David Hilker and Jeff Freundlich will be presenting the first check to Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM) on May 06, 2018 at the PCM College Preparatory Program's Annual Scholarship Celebration Concert.

"It's all about keeping the music alive and supporting those who are teaching our youth to create and appreciate their own musical creations. All across the country, funds for musical education have been cut, and here in Arizona we are lucky to have an organization like PCM to provide in-house teaching, mentoring, and quality outreach programs in schools across the valley. By creating this scholarship fund, I want to insure that PCM continues their important mission in our community and that The Ramsey's are recognized for their important contributions to Arizona's musical history," says Dixon.


Floyd Ramsey was the unsung hero and unassuming man behind the scenes who dramatically impacted the emerging sound of pop music starting in the mid 1950's. Floyd and Mary Ramsey's empire included the legendary recording studio Audio Recorders of Arizona, record labels Liberty Bell, REV, MCI, and Ramco Records, as well as several publishing entities.

Ramsey's innovative ideas, recording techniques, and keen eye for talent helped catapult singer Sanford Clark to the top of the Billboard Charts in 1956, then took rock and roll icon Duane Eddy into the mainstream conscious in 1958. Eddy's distinctive "Twang Heard Round the World" gave rise to the 1960's surf movement.

Ramsey had a remarkable ability to spot and nurture talent on all sides of the business including recording engineer Jack Miller (The Rolling Stones, Henry Mancini, The Monkees, Herman and the Hermits, The Animals), musician/songwriter/producer Connie Conway (Sanford Clark), songwriter/producer/artist Lee Hazlewood (Duane Eddy, Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin).

John Dixon is now the owner of this incredible catalog of music, which is licensed to hit TV shows, films and advertisements. The annual donation is funded through the licensing fees generated from this catalog. Examples of shows using the music include Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), NCIS LA (CBS), Lucifer (FOX). Fervor Records will continue this annual donation after John's demise to salute the incredible contribution that the Ramsey's made to music and to perpetuate their legacies.

Dixon says, "I first met Floyd and Mary when I made a recording at Audio Recorders in 1966. Being a big Arizona music fan, I was thrilled to archive the tapes in Floyd's garage years later when I really got serious about archiving the history of music here. Floyd and his father Clay started Ramsey's Recorders in the late 40's, and with wife Mary at his side built their recording business into a multi million dollar operation. I was honored and humbled when The Ramsey's sold me their audio masters and publishing in 2006 that my partners at Fervor Records have successfully licensed to films, cable, advertising and television, heard around the world."

David Hilker, CEO of Fervor Records states that "It is truly an honor to perpetuate the legacies of Floyd and Mary Ramsey. They were trailblazing music entrepreneurs who continue to inspire all of us at Fervor Records. There is no better way to honor Floyd and Mary than to provide ongoing opportunities to future generations of musicians." And COO, Jeff Freundlich says that "Fervor Records is proud to play a role in the betterment of aspiring musicians through education. Phoenix Conservatory of Music is doing incredible work in our local community."

The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Recipient, has this annual concert in celebration of student achievement and effort. "This event, for us, every year is about celebrating the success of the students who have put so much time and effort into their craft development. They get to share those results in a concert that celebrates contemporary music and community. We celebrate our seniors and their successes in graduation and college placement, announce college admission and scholarship awards, and announce our annual recipients of two full scholarships to Berklee College of Music's Five Week Summer Performance Program. It is a wonderful event, and we are so grateful to be sharing this event with John Dixon, Fervor Records and honoring the legacy of Floyd and Mary Ramsey have given to the Arizona Music Scene, the music industry and because of this beautiful tribute, the future of Arizona musicians." Says Regina Nixon, Executive Director of Phoenix Conservatory of Music.

PCM is creating a rallying point for our community, to say that they care that these young people are getting the training and care that they need in a supportive and safe environment. The students are getting opportunities to enhance their education with opportunities and experiences that would otherwise not always be available to them, they have a safe place that creates opportunities for risky innovation, collaboration, and social interaction. This in turn creates a stronger, healthier community and the outcomes are fantastic. To date, PCM's College Prep Program's students boast a 95% graduation rate, 71% attend college and they have earned over $1M+ in scholarship offers.


To help celebrate the legacy of Audio Recorders of Arizona, the public is invited to join John Dixon and Fervor Records in the first annual gift of the Floyd and Mary Ramsey Scholarship Fund to Phoenix Conservatory of Music at the 2018 PCM Scholarship Celebration Concert held at the Salvation Army KROC Center, 1375 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 on Sunday, May 6, 2018, 5pm - 7pm MST. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at: goo.gl/NKn6Mm. You can help make this an evening to remember by providing generous support, good fellowship, and an appreciative audience for all of students in celebration of their accomplishments. Music performances by ensembles performing pop, rock, and blues favorites! Cookie reception starts at 4:15p.

About Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Phoenix Conservatory of Music provides a continuum of high quality music education and experiences to hundreds of students annually, with programs ranging from introductory level in-house education programs and after school programs to more advanced private lessons and the most prestigious College Prep Program for contemporary music education in the state: The Berklee College of Music's City Music Network and P.U.L.S.E. programs. They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality music education that is affordable and accessible.

They receive contributed income to make sure that all students have access to music education, regardless of their socio-economic status and were granted status as a Qualifying Charitable Organization for the Arizona State Tax Credit. Since the inception of PCM's College Prep Program in 2010, the program is providing a pathway for students to achieve their dreams- one note at a time. With 3-10 hours per week of low to no cost engagement, the organization provides students 4-12 grades with private music lessons, music theory classes, enrichment classes and Popular Music Ensembles. They have a 95% graduation rate (compared to an 86% in the local community), 71% go on to college or university, 43% of those students are studying music or music related fields, and they have earned more than $1 Million Dollars in Scholarship Offers.

To learn more, please visit http://www.PCMrocks.org or call 602.353.9900.

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Company Name: Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Contact Person: Regina Nixon, Executive Director
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Phone: 623-826-0625
City: Phoenix
State: AZ
Country: United States
Website: http://www.pcmrocks.org