The LIGHTHOUSE EFFECT is the music component of the World Trust Foundation, which is created to foster musicians and artisans around the world. The Lighthouse Effect is focused on “shining a light” upon organizations around the world who create a culture of peace, which has been one of the main features of the World Trust Foundation since its inception. The Lighthouse Effect Concert Tour is therefore a not-for-profit program to connect with global artisans as the tour proceeds to global outreach, which is, therefore, a tax-deductible donation.
Lighthouse Effect draws its name from the metaphor of a lighthouse. Lighthouses shed light on the sea and on the surrounding areas, so that those who are sailing along are given a focal point in order to arrive at their destination.
Lighthouse Effect: is designed to be part of a larger purpose. The music will highlight organizations that are currently functioning as ‘lighthouses’ in their local communities giving them recognition for their hard work an opportunity to build awareness and support global organizations, to facilitate cross cultural and cross border work.
In September 2011 a song that was written and produced by World Trust Founder, Tess Cacciatore, was nominated for an award in the HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS in the category of World Music. This song "Politics of Love" is a hip/hop world beat song that showcases vocalists and drummers from Congo, as well as super star musicians and singers from the states who are commited to the cause. The proceeds will go to raise awareness and funds for women and children of the Congo who are challenged on a daily basis with abuse and atrocites to their souls. For more information check out Stand UP Movement to hear the song and watch the film presentation that Tess filimed while in Africa in 2010 to get the word out on what was happening in Africa.
The music connection is due to music being the common pulse of all cultures and is driven from the original box set WORLD JAM 1 - which was a 4 cd box set of interactive music (containing 47 artists from around the world) produced in 1994 by Founder, Tess Cacciatore. She produced this box set, which was the beginning of World Trust Foundation.
Many artists involved in making this tour a way to create positive momentum for the World Trust Network's programming over the next four years. Artists on the Lighthouse Record Label Mimi Burns Band, Craig Lyons and Michael Arkk.
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The Mimi Burns Band has produced and participated in three successful international tours. Their music is played in over 30 countries. When touring Italy they were asked to play at the World G8 Summit held in Genoa, where they played to their most adoring fans in packed venues around the North of Italy.
The Mimi Burns Band is working with musicians and artisans from around the planet who recognize the importance of being an artist and the impact each of us has on coming together to support the efforts of people making a difference through action. In doing so, the, Lighthouse Effect Project, puts on large benefit concerts throughout the globe.
Mimi takes time out of her schedule, when traveling and at home, to lead therapeutic workshops, work for large charities such as FEED 333, a project under World Trust, www.feed333.com to feed children in need in the United States. Mimi also lent a helping to head up the Humanity Unites Brilliance during it's first conference in 2007 with the headliners Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen (co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul), Reverend Michael Beckwith (the Secret). Tess Cacciatore was one of the key presenters with the topic of: “Breaking the Paradigm of the Nonprofit Arena in 7 Simple Steps” with her message of collaboration model and of creating sustainable revenue streams in the nonprofit arena.
Over the next five years the Mimi Burns Band will performLighthouse Effect the show during tours with top acts around the globe to illuminate theLighthouse Effect. The effort will highlight organizations who are working on behalf of young people to bring about a positive change in their communities.
Craig Lyons is a passionate singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording engineer from a small town in Ohio. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Craig has released three entirely self-recorded, self-produced solo albums with Grayscale Records. He's working on his fourth - an ambitious project featuring his band of LA's top players, a 32-piece string orchestra, and a Grammy-winning mix engineer.
Craig’s albums are licensed by MTV and his music has received airplay on The Real World for over 100 million viewers worldwide. Craig recently signed a deal with branch of Universal Music for licensing in film & TV. He's been nominated for a Los Angeles Music Award in 2007 and 2008, his first two years in LA. He received a LAMA Producer's Choice award at a showcase performance this year.
Craig's music has benefited many charities including a song donation for the Feed333 program, an independent showcase for Shriner's Children's Hospital. "Benefit work is the best," says Craig. "I get to do what I do, hoping that people will gain from the music in the traditional sense. On top of that, awareness and funding are raised for good causes. It's a win-win with an extra win."
Craig was recently featured on the hit national television series So You Think You Can Dance. His songs, “Goodbye You” and “California” were featured as audition pieces for two of the dancers in the show. Post the airing of the show (May 28th, 2008) Craig’s songs were listened and downloaded thousands of times in the following day and continues to be an online hit.
Rhapsody in Wax: Made up of artists from the Mimi Burns Band, Rhapsody In Wax is premier Prohibition-era.
||Michael Arkk is a talented musician, who after experiencing a near fatal illness was given a new lease on life. This was not only a new life in the physical sense, but also in the spiritual sense. Since his illness and recovery he has gained a “true sense of understanding and peace.” Michael as been in many bands throughout his musical career and when Michael went solo his music broadened to reflect his favorite influences, singers such as: Gladys Knight, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Toots and the Maytalls, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley and Jo Cocker.
Michael’s performances are a weaving together of the classic singing and spiritual moves he loves. His music vibrates in sparkling colors, radiating warmth and a fullness of spirit. Michael is also a poet. His first anthology "Congregation’ is a collection of 94 soulful, yet sharply perceptive paintings of the many facets of the human condition. Michael is committed to restoration and reconciliation on a global scale.
** All information regarding the concert tour is subject to local approval, successful travels, and funding.