Angie Mack featured on MATC Now 

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Angie Mack featured on MATC Now

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Ozaukee Talent Showcase to be in Random Lake August 7

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Angie Mack 

angie@ozaukeetalent.com

https://ozaukeetalent.com 

Photos:  https://www.instagram.com/ozaukeetalent/

For Immediate Release

Ozaukee Talent Showcase to be Held in Random Lake, WI

Saturday August 7th 11am to 2pm at Christ Pond Retreat Center

[Grafton] [WI] [July 24, 2021] Ozaukee Talent welcomes you to an informal open house showcase of local talent on Saturday August 7 between 11 am and 2 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.   Approximately 15 students (mostly youth) have volunteered to share their musical and acting talents at Christ Pond Retreat Center in Random Lake, WI with mostly family and friends.  Christ Pond Retreat Center is an events facility located on 100 acres of preserved Wisconsin land.  The address is N1599 State Hwy. 57 in Random Lake, WI.  Visit christpond.org for more information.

“The reason why I don’t use the word ‘recital’ is because a lot of people have preconceived ideas on what a recital is and the images that come to mind can tend to be negative.   I don’t believe in forcing anyone to perform who doesn’t want to.  I have seen that this can do more harm than good especially in a young child.  Families and guests are also free to come and go as they please.  The performance environment is comfortable and casual —Angie Mack, Ozaukee Talent founder and Musical Producer

Outdoor special guest performer will be longtime radio host Ben Merens.  

Ben Merens headshot

Image courtesy of Ben Merens benmerens.com

Ben Merens is a storyteller and public speaker with a passion for listening. He is a veteran broadcaster and spent 21 years as a talk show host at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Today Ben provides stories for organizations and trains people in the art & science of effective, emotive storytelling.  He is the author of “People Are Dying To Be Heard” and “Uni-Tasking: 25 Tips For Better Listening.”  Ben is trained as a journalist and media professional. He has taught a variety of communications classes at colleges and universities in New York, Chicago and throughout Wisconsin.  For fun, Ben is an improvisational, acoustic guitar troubadour.  

Ozaukee Talent was founded by Mack in February of 2016 after a bout with very early stage breast cancer and a two year medical leave from her usual teaching and directing duties through the North Shore Academy of the Arts (NSAA).  She is known by many families in Ozaukee County as a musical theater director who has been involved with producing and directing over 100 shows during the past 20 years.  

Mack is also internationally known as a music educator, researcher and historian.  She has worked with many famous writers and playwrights, musicians, actors, producers and film directors from all over the world.  She introduced the music history concept for Grafton’s downtown Paramount Plaza and has served as the Chairperson for the International Walk of Fame Committee since 2006.   

More about Mack in the media can be found at https://angiemackreilly.com/media/

Mack has a strong reputation of developing top notch talent.  Students of hers have become lead roles at various regional theaters and organizations such as The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage, The Fireside, Schauer Arts and Activities Center, The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, Kids from Wisconsin and the Cedarburg Cultural Center

Most recently, Ozaukee Talent sponsored singer/songwriter Demetra Prochaska at the Youth Battle of the Bands competition at this year’s Gathering on the Green in Mequon, WI. 

21 year old Prochaska won 3rd place and $1000 which should help her musical career get off to a good footing.  

Battle of the Bands Announcement from Gatheirng on the Green

Announcement courtesy of Gathering on the Green gatheringonthegreen.org

Ozaukee Talent collaborates with local businesses and organizations to bring about successful music and arts events, classes and programs.  Mack gives private music and acting lessons outside of her home which she jokingly nicknamed The Grafton House of Blues.  She is currently looking to add instructors for the fall semester.  Contact angie@ozaukeetalent.com if interested.  

 

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Annual Musician Mash-up 2018 to be Held September 1 at the Grafton House of Blues Starting at 3 pm

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For Immediate Release (Grafton, WI)

Media Inquiries:  Contact angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Annual Musician Mash-up 2018

Mission:  A musician networking event that raises awareness about the unique challenges musicians face with the goal of creating more opportunities in Ozaukee County for musicians to be featured,  paid adequately and to improve their quality of life.

Founded by Angie Mack Reilly of Ozaukee Talent.  Organized by William Baxter of The Science Project and Ramatik Records and Angie Mack Reilly (also an internationally known Paramount Records/Music historian).  See Angie and Paramount Records 

Why:  There are not enough income earning opportunities for musicians and singers in Ozaukee County.   There is not enough funding for musicians and arts organizations, particularly in Grafton, WI.   And there should be, considering Grafton’s music history.  Many musicians in Ozaukee County are living in or near poverty, do not have adequate health, dental or mental healthcare.  The goal is to unite, inspire and empower local musicians to raise awareness and to convince businesses and organizations to financially support a music scene in Grafton, WI.

When:  To be held in conjunction with the Paramount Music Festival at the Grafton House of Blues. .  Open Jam Session begins at 3pm on Saturday September 1st.  Address is 1701  11th Ave.  RSVP would be appreciated:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Where:  Located 2 blocks northwest of the Mississippi Blues Trail Historical Marker, former 78 record pressing plant and recording studio where blues legends such as Son House, Charlie Patton and Skip James recorded.  Angie Mack Reilly was the person who successfully pitched the concept of an annual blues festival (aka the Paramount Blues Festival), the first “Blues in the Schools” program in Grafton featuring Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, the music-themed downtown development in the heart of Grafton and the filming of a Paramount Records segment on PBS History Detectives to name a few.

ANGIE AND PARAMOUNT RECORDS

What:  An informal weekend of musician jams, mixed genres, improvisation, songwriting, jam bands, free verse and anything else that moves about creatively, freely and fluidly.  Some of the best music and collaborative ideas come in an informal and improvisational setting.  Unfortunately, those times are rare and often unrecorded.  That is why we are hoping to create a comfortable and safe environment that encourages and inspires innovative thought.

Who:  All levels of musicianship are welcome. Ideas are welcome. Free admission for musicians and their significant others.  This is a kid-free event.  Musicians, bring your gear and whatever you like to drink.  Bring your merch if you have it!  Must be 18 or older.  Underage drinking is not allowed and musicians will be asked to show their driver’s license as ID.  Musicians coming may pitch a tent in the yard on Saturday night.

Marketing Hashtags: #keepitunderground #paramountrecords #musicianmashup and #kiu (keep it underground) #williambaxter #thescienceproject #franklinandfriends

Coming Soon!   #KIU product line to help fund events that financially benefit musicians

Donations:  People who care about the well-being of musicians and the cultural offerings in Ozaukee County are encouraged to donate.  Ozaukee Talent is a fiscal receiver through Arts Wisconsin.  Suggested amount:  $10/mo. or $50.

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Interview About Paramount Talent Scout and Salesman Harry Charles

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Phone interview with Harry Charles Jr. (HC) born in 1924 and Jeanne Kingsford (JK) born in 1927.  Conducted by Angela Mack (AM) 12/10/06 (not recorded)

AM: This is Angela Mack from Grafton, WI. I am very glad that we were able to be connected. I am wondering if I can type out our conversation today for historical purposes.

HC: Sure, before we begin, my sister reminded me that he wrote a 10 to 12 autobiography. Jean still has it. We grew up with our father in Birmingham, Alabama.

normal_harry charles

AM: How did he get to become a talent scout?

HC: I was too young to remember. But he told me stories. He said that he found talent to take them to Chicago. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that it was Chicago. I remember one time my mother and father took me to New York City. He had business there for a week. I have a feeling that it had to do with that kind of business. I was just too young, but I remember how bored I was. We stayed in an apartment.

JK: I do have copies of copy writes of songs with the names of the songs and the artists but I don’t remember what is on them.

AM: What do they look like?

JK: They look like little note cards (about 2×3 or 4). I have 6 to 8 of those. I have one copy of some sheet music that he wrote. It was published by EE Forbes in Birmingham. He worked for them.

AM: What kind of company was EE Forbes?

JK: A piano company.

HC: They handled the distribution of Paramount records in this part of the country. Our mother worked there too. Her name is Kathleen Staples.

AM: What sort of work did she do?

HC: She was a sales clerk. She sold the records and sheet music.

JK: Dad was in collections when he first started.

HC: Fundamentally he was a salesman. Later in his years he had a successful piano and organ company.

JK: It was even called Harry Charles Piano Company. It was in Birmingham on 1st ave.

HC: Prior to that, he rented space in a furniture store and put pianos in there on the 2nd floor. The first one that he had burned down. He had about 30 pianos on the 2nd floor. He had 29 in one room. There was one piano on display and somebody burned them all.

AM:Did he play piano?

HC: He wouldn’t know one note from another! (laughing)…..but he WAS a salesman.
He even opened a store to sell refrigerators. When he had the piano company, he was on radio and television advertising for his company. He used talent from churches to play and sing and preach on the program. Finally he had a very big show at the auditorium. He rented the municipal auditorium. You still have flyers from that with the date on them, don’t you Jean?

JK: Yes.

HC: He invited all of the colored churches to send their choirs down to sing. It was amazing. He advertised that he had a 1,000 voices. I’m not sure if it was that many but it was big. He filled the stage with the choirs.

AM: Did you see that show?

HC: Yes. He was very friendly everyone knew him. Many people are even named after him in this area.

HC: One little anecdote is that on Pearl Harbor day, he had all 3 radio stations in Birmingham giving his advertisement. The announcement interrupted his sales shpeal.

AM: I bet that upset him.

JK: No, he was very patriotic. He wasn’t upset at all.

AM: I am assuming that your father was Caucasian. It sounds like he got along well with the African American community.

JK: He had a good report with the African American community. They loved his southern accent. I think it was because of his accent. He was everybody’s friend.

HC: He was very charismatic and it came across on his commercials.

AM: Did you ever meet any of the musicians?

HC: Yes. He had one group sing on his show. There was a woman by the name of RJ Pope who was a phenomenal singer.

AM: Was she African American?

HC: Yes. There was a group singing with her. He ran commercials non stop. They were 15 minute commercials. He would talk as if he was in the piano store. He would say, “On this piano we have such and such and on this piano we have such and such.” He would go from one piano to another. Our mother played the piano.

AM: Did you meet RJ Pope?

HC: Oh sure I did. I met RJ Pope. She was completely confident. She ruled the roost. JK: She was the boss of the singers (choir).

HC: I remember there was a male singer who got invited to sing on the show. RJ Pope didn’t like him. It was competition for her.

AM: Tell me more about his commercials.

HC: He had live commercials that were 15 minutes each on all 3 stations. It was impromptu. He made it up as he went along. He did this for about 10 years.

AM: What years did he own the piano company?

HC: Roughly 1940 to 1979. During the later years, he switched to TV commercials.
He had radio commercials until TV became popular.

AM: Did he have artists play on his TV commercials?

HC: He did not usually have artists go on the TV commercials.

JK: Not the kind that you are looking for.

HC: They sold Kimbel pianos and Kimbel would send some talent.

JK: They sold used pianos of all kinds.

HC: Gulbransen was the name of the piano manufacture.

AM: What years was he a talent scout?

HC: It was 1925 to 1930 as my guess. I know that he was done by 1931.

AM: What did he do after that?

HC: Well, this was a very difficult time, the Great Depression. It was very tough. He did nothing because it was the depression. The conditions that we lived in…..well, we lived in a very poor place. Yet he would buy a crate of eggs for $5 whole sell and try to sell them. He would go door to door.

AM: So he was still selling.

HC: He used to say, “If you can read the classified ads, you can make a living.” He was born in 1900. Me and my brother who is now deceased were involved in the piano company. I helped in the piano store that he had in the 2nd World War. He bought a recording machine and recorded wives (1942) to give to husbands in military. Those were metal records. I know that because I used to run the recording machine.

AM: Where did he get it?

HC: I have no idea.

AM: What ever happened to it?

HC: I don’t know.

AM: What did it look like?

HC: It was a turntable. It shed tiny slivers of metal as it turned around. It didn’t have a needle.

AM: Do you have any metal records, records from that era, or records with white labels on them?

JK: No records. We just arrived at my brother’s house. Could we call you back tomorrow? I will look into some of these things and get back to you.

HC: One last thing, in Birmingham when he did all of the commercials on TV, we used channel 6. I bet that they may have recordings of these. I do know that we recorded them. Channel 6 is still in existence.

AM: Did he record his radio commercials?

HC: I don’t think so. I think they were just impromptu and never recorded.

Updated Tuesday, December 19, 2006

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Save Americana! Save Grafton WI Record Factory Site #GoFundMe

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GRAFTON, WI 

Written by Angie Mack Reilly 10/11/17

A·mer·i·ca·na

əˌmerəˈkänə,əˌmerəˈkanə/

noun

  1. things associated with the culture and history of America, especially the United States.

“This fundraiser is a long shot. Maybe. Maybe not.

I drive past the former record factory/recording studio site several times a day.

The home was built on the property in 1961 after the record plant was demolished. I heard that it was bought and renovated by an architect who owns several Milwaukee River properties. In fact, I do believe that this same architect developed the million dollar home across the river from this one. I know his name. I have spoken with him about the importance of the music history in this area. I also believe that I gave him a Paramount Walking Tour Booklet. This was several years ago. Apparently, he is not interested in preserving the history of this property to my knowledge.

Of course, someone who works in any type of real estate is going to want to profit off of this property. And guess what? In all reality, it will probably sell quite soon.

You see, I own a home as well as a music business (Ozaukee Talent) within a few blocks of this location. I have lived in Grafton for almost 22 years now. So I understand a lot of the “inside scoop”.

Within recent years, Grafton has embraced some large scale development projects including Aurora hospital. The population of Grafton is becoming more diverse and homes are selling quite quickly with all of the new physicians and hospital staff moving in.

For many years, I tried to get a Paramount Museum in Grafton. I was part of the Grafton Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Development Ad Hoc Committee to name a few. I worked closely with the Village President, Village Administrator, Village developers and more.

At one point, we had a list of “museum artifacts” so that we could keep track of our inventory. We considered several destinations for a museum in Grafton, including this one. But, at the time, it was owned by a single property owner who, I assume, just wanted to live peacefully along the river without any bother of tourists. There wasn’t anything that we could do with it being owned.

So the tourists would come to Grafton. International tourists. They would go to the Grafton Chamber of Commerce to try to find out where the museum was in Grafton. The Chamber would send people TO MY HOUSE. I kid you not. Why? Because for many years, I have been known as the local historian on the matter. So I would volunteer my time and spend half of the day with visitors from Russia, Germany, France, Japan, New York, California, New Orleans, the UK and more. I have even given “the tour” to school groups which has proven to be very educational.

Anyhow. Long story short.

No Paramount museum in Grafton. LOTS of meetings and thousands of volunteer time and years on my part. Plans. Emails. You know. But in the end? Not a lot of action. So I pretty much gave up on the idea of trying to preserve the music history of Grafton.

Apparently, Port Washington WI is in the process of getting “The Blues Factory” which would include a museum. It seems to me that is another project with a lot of talk and very little action. Nobody has approached me from that development project to help get involved……which, to me, is a bit…..odd. It would also supposedly house a theater. I work in theater for a living.

LINK TO #GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

Ever since the house on the former pressing plant went up for sale, I have thought to myself, “Gosh…I wish I had the money to buy that property and actually DO SOMETHING that commemorates the history.

As a business owner, music teacher, musical producer, etc…..I am quite busy. But yesterday, as I was driving around doing some errands, I thought,

“I HAVE TO AT LEAST TRY.”

There is a window of opportunity for this home to be some sort of destination that would be educational.

I can’t really claim outright what it will become. I am sure that there are zoning rules. That is why, at minimum, I think that it’s safe to say that this home could remain residential yet house a recording studio or some other type of educational facility. In all honesty, I don’t know what the Village of Grafton rules are about making the home a business.

I just know that the world of music should preserve this property to commemorate the artists who recorded here and had their records mass produced and shipped from here.

It’s Americana.

Like I said, someone with money will probably purchase the home. And the history and story of this important American landmark will be pushed into the background and eventually forgotten about. And I will still have to drive past this property on a daily basis.

1802 South Green Bay Road

People. We have an opportunity.

Yes. It’s a “long-shot”. They are asking a lot for this home. Why? Because it’s been renovated to sell big and make a nice profit.

This is the same location that PBS History Detectives filmed “Lost Musical Treasure”. You can search for the 2 episodes on YouTube. I pitched the show idea to the show producers and corresponded with and educated them for at least a year before the show was even filmed. I also worked with playwright Kevin Ramsey to ensure the historical accuracy of his musical “Grafton City Blues” which has since been renamed “Chasin’ Dem Blues”.

I am an educator. I also teach music for a living. Right now, I have about 40 private students per week. I am also producing Disney’s The Lion King for the North Shore Academy of the Arts at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center.

Music is my life. I have been teaching and performing for at least 18 years now.

As an educator and musician, I would be a fool not to at least TRY to preserve this property.

I admit, it’s a tough time in America to give right now. With the new administration, hurricanes, threat of nuclear war, shootings and racial conflicts going on, people have more things to think about than giving to projects like this. If you can’t give, it’s OK. No judgement.

But with my connections (and your connections), maybe there are some people out there with some means who care about preserving this vital cultural history that has literally shaped popular culture around the globe.

As I used to pen, “They made history when the needle hit the wax.” (Some of the early recordings were etched into wax!) That’s why Jack White made his Grammy-award winning Paramount “box sets”…. to preserve the music history. Oh yes. I have tried talking to him as well. Not an easy guy to get a hold of. And I was told that their recent purchases and developments as a business have been quite substantial. (They created their own “record factory” for making vinyl.)

At the end of the day, I just want to say that I tried one last time. –Angie”

Grafton WI Record Factory Courtesy of Paramountshome.org

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Ozaukee Talent Performers at the 2017 Paramount Music Festival

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September 3, 2017 at the Paramount Music Festival in Port Washington, WI

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Ozaukee Talent Performers Directed by Angie Mack Reilly

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Creative Couple Redemption Pear to Perform in Port Washington July 29

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Ozaukee Talent July 21, 2017

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Redemption Pear, featuring creative couple Angie Mack Reilly and Matthew Reilly, will be performing LIVE at Smith Bros. on Saturday July 29 from 8PM to 10PM.

The performance will be held at Smith Bros. Coffee House100 N Franklin St, Port Washington, WI 53074, USA map Admission is $5.  All ages are welcome.  

Angie has been performing publicly in various capacities throughout her entire lifetime. Her life as a performer came to an abrupt halt when she started going through some severe medical and family issues.  This particular performance is expected to be a sort of “coming out” for Angie.

The couple will be performing “never heard before” originals as well as songs that stem from the musical tree of spirituals, jazz and blues. This show will be highly interactive, educational and intimate as well as authentic.   They both have experience as arts educators.

Redemption Pear in Grafton Wisconsin taken by Alicia Wade

Angie Mack Reilly is a musical director, performing artist, blues educator and writer who has a wealth of experience and global connections in the arts and entertainment industry.  She is the founder of Ozaukee Talent and the co-founder of ParamountsHome, both headquartered in Grafton, WI.  Angie has been directing musicals, primarily for youth, for the past 18 years.  In addition, she gives private music lessons to all ages with an emphasis on piano, guitar, voice, acting, percussion and songwriting.   Her hobbies include composing music, writing poetry and gardening.  For more information, find Ozaukee Talent on facebook  or email angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Matthew Reilly is a Milwaukee Institute and Design (MIAD) graduate whose artistic fingerprints are all over the greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas.  Matthew’s art is inspired by post impressionism, impressionism, and the master painters from the Renaissance through the age of Enlightenment.  He created a unique artistic process called “The Pulled Paint Process” shown in the video below.  Over the past several decades, he has specialized as a high-end designer and carpenter.  His nickname is “The Carpenter Artist”.  Matthew is now semi-retired and enjoys playing music with friends during his spare time as well as continuing his work as a lifelong master artisan.   He can be contacted for commission work at thecarpenterartist@gmail.com

Check out Angie Mack Reilly’s Ozaukee Talent and Matthew Reilly “The Carpenter Artist” on Facebook!

MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Angie Mack Reilly angie@ozaukeetalent.com

262.309.4112

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Adults and Youth Can Register Here to Take Group or Individual Music Lessons

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Arts Wisconsin logo celebrating 25 years

BREAKING: Ozaukee Talent Teams Up with Arts Wisconsin

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Arts Donations Sought for Local Female-Led Business

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From the heart of Angie Mack Reilly, Ozaukee Talent founder 5/2/17

I officially opened up Ozaukee Talent in February of 2016.  I had taken a two year hiatus from my long-time producing/directing/teaching/marketing position at the North Shore Academy of the Arts (NSAA) in Grafton due to some medical issues that have since been resolved.

Some soul searching showed me that I absolutely wanted to continue mentoring others in the arts as I have been for the past 18 years or so.   I opened up Ozaukee Talent and started renting and creating my music studio on the 3rd floor of the NSAA building so that I could begin taking on private music students again.   I immediately opened up a “hands-on  Music Lab” to aid in multi-sensory learning and boost student curiosity about the science behind sound.   I have also hosted and participated in quite a few music events and held workshops and classes.

Within my first year, I was able to rebuild my private lesson client list to around 30 students per week.  People were excited to see that “I was back” after going through breast cancer and reconstruction surgeries.  I was also able to continue working with NSAA as a contracted producer/director for their musicals.  The next musicals that I will be producing for them are Disney’s Aristocats and then the big one…. Disney’s The Lion King at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center.

Owning my own business has been an exciting adventure!  Because of my past experience and networks, I have had a strong foundation to build upon.  My heart is full of gratitude!

However, during the past year, I have been at the point where I am literally working 12-14+ hour days.  Not only am I a music producer and teacher, but now I am the Founder, Web Designer, Social Media Marketing Director, Accounts Receivable, Administrative Assistant,  PR Person, Sound Engineer, Box Office, Event Planner, Tech Support, Strategic Planner, Customer Service, Operations Manager etc…for my own business.  Yes, it’s a lot. But “Angie Mack Reilly” has been known for having a strong work ethic!!!

I am at the point where business growth is inevitable and I am excited to begin the next phase.  I am also excited to have been accepted as a fiscal receiver through the solid, reputable and well established arts organization, ARTS WISCONSIN.  These means that I can immediately begin receiving much needed donations through them.  I am so thankful that I found out about their fiscal receiver program!  Thank you Arts Wisconsin!

I did not want to get into debt during my first year, so I paid for everything “out of pocket” or without loans and kept operations and expenditures at bare minimum.  I bought things like classroom equipment and materials, paid for rent, paid for computer equipment and programs, paid for marketing, etc…. All of these expenses meant that my NET INCOME for 2016 was around 18k which is slightly above the poverty line.

It has been a tough year financially.  But like any good entrepreneur, I have made sacrifices to make it work without days off.  The issue is that I do not want to burden my clients by raising rates.  And, as it is, I have had to turn low-income clients away so that I could meet my budget needs.  This has been a tough decision because some of the best talent is known to be found in low-income areas and families.  I want people of all income levels to have access to my services starting this summer.

I also have students that I would like to mentor and bring to the next level through creating opportunities for production and increased exposure in the arts.   I want to train and connect my students with the business world, because the arts combined with business is a powerful combination as you well know.

I would like to utilize new and more music technology with my students.  Already, I have a middle-school student that I have been training to compose digital music for video games.  He wants to land a programming job with a large video game company.  (I have a strong history of sending my private students off to college for arts-related and leadership careers.)

I would also like to host more events, bring in top notch industry leaders, produce podcasts, make recordings, create video tutorials and so much more.  I want to give my students the most up-to-date tools and opportunities.  I want to encourage their innovative ideas through providing them with resources for mass creative communication.

Finally,  the work that I have done with Paramount Records music history is internationally documented and recognized.  I am not your average local music teacher.   Look around my website https://ozaukeetalent.com and you will see that I have solid credentials, experience, testimonials and connections spanning over the past few decades.

My Paramount Record efforts have brought thousands and thousands of dollars in tourism revenue to our county and even to southeastern Wisconsin.   None of these efforts have gone into my pocket including my efforts to co-build paramountshome.org which won the Wisconsin Historical Society Website Award in 2006.   I pitched the idea of having an annual blues festival.  I wrote the show, “PBS History Detectives” asking them to film in southeastern Wisconsin.  The Paramount Plaza in the heart of Grafton?  Yours truly was a major part of that as well as the Chairperson for the large piano key Walk of Fame.  I helped playwright Kevin Ramsey on his musical, “Grafton City Blues” which premiered at the Milwaukee Rep and is now premiering nationally under the name of “Chasin’ Dem Blues”.  I was a contributor on Jack White’s Grammy Award-Winning Paramount box sets.   Worked with the Grafton Preservation Commission on putting together a self-guided Paramount Walking Tour booklet.  I could go on.  The point is that I GIVE BACK to the community and make it a better place for families and businesses.   My community service and volunteer work is massive.  That tradition will continue.

Ozaukee Talent has the potential of reaching national and international arts and entertainment leaders.   My students and I need your help to get to the next level.

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(Arts Wisconsin will see that any donations will get to Ozaukee Talent as well as hold me accountable for any donations that I receive.)

Finally, I am well aware of the leadership and wage gap faced by women in the arts. I am also well versed in the social issues and challenges that women face in today’s society.   Just recently, I was kicked off of my state health insurance because “I make too much”.  For a breast cancer survivor, being without insurance at this present moment in time is a bit scary.   Asking for donations for my business is scary.

However, I am hanging onto faith and hope that there are people, organizations and businesses who know or care about my situation enough to help out monetarily.   I am looking for those willing to take a brave stance at aiding the arts, aiding women, aiding new businesses, aiding children, aiding creative youth with mental health issues and ultimately aiding our community and nation at a very pivotal time.  I am looking for people with empathy to act as arts benefactors as in days of old.  The terms “starving artist”, “wage disparity” and “glass ceiling” don’t have to be “a thing”.

So, I thank you for your donations, ideas, connections,  advice, resources, encouragement and overall support.  Feel free to email me at angie@ozaukeetalent.com 

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ozaukeetalent

One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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