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2/13/2006

 
COPE '06 Confab(Club Owners,Entertainment Executives and Entrepreneurs) To Address Saving the African American Nightclub

As Cultural History and Business Opportunity

National COPE '06 Convention convenes in Augusta, Ga.at Radisson Riverfront Hotel, June 25-29, to network and strategize the "Club Culture-Political, Social and Financial Power." Salutes the inimitable James Brown and bluesman, Bobby Rush with Legends Award.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 13, 2006 -- From Happy Hour to After-Hours nightclubs have historically been an economic and social cornerstone of African American life. For generations of Black performers, the jook joint, honky tonk, chitlin circuit, or da club, is where they cut their musical teeth and perfected skills for national debut. African American club owners are well-known influentials in community life and as trendsetters of Black style.

Despite these deep roots in the Black Experience, many African American-owned nightclubs and touring companies, today face extinction and extraordinary challenge from gentrification, restrictive liquor laws, political agenda, extortion, violence, escalating security and insurance costs and an inexplicable lack of affordable live entertainment.

The National Club Owners, Promoters and Entertainment Executives & Entrepreneurs Conference (COPE) will convene its Sixth National Conference COPE 06, June 25 -29, 2006 at the Radisson Riverside Hotel, Augusta, Georgia to confront these and other issues; and to network and strategize the Club Culture Political, Social and Financial Power.

We're going to tackle some serious issues confronting our members, supporters, and community this year, states COPE Executive Director, Libby Anthony. "Our goal is to develop constructive solutions, enjoy the camaraderie, and pay homage to the success of our peers."

In making the first time move to Augusta, Libby commented, "Were going to the home of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Mr. James Brown, and will honor him and bluesman, Bobby Rush with our Living Legend Award." "The relocation, Anthony further stated, connects the conference to Augusta-based COPE 06 production partner, D-Firm Productions and President/CEO Sam Busseys desire to showcase his native home and its terrific pool of undiscovered talent."

The COPE 06 Conference will feature 4 days of seminars, workshops and presentations by industry experts, performances by up-coming and chart-topping talent, a CD of unsigned artists, and samplings of spirit brand products. America's first and only cognac imported by an African American Carnivo XO and Menuet Cognac, will be among those featured.

For conference registration and additional information: www.clubCOPE.org.

About COPE:
COPE was organized in the mid 90s as a advocacy organization for African American club owners, event promoters and booking agencies; spirits and beverage brand agents, record company representatives, DJs and other entertainment industry related professionals. Its mission is to strategize for greater political leverage, social outreach and financial profitability for its members. Since its inception, COPE has sponsored five national COPE conferences and organizes regular empowerment sessions in the Atlanta area. COPE originated the quarterly newspaper, The COPE Times, and co-founded Atlanta's hottest Monday night party - the "COPE Xpress" - a entertainment round robin that includes four of Atlanta's hottest nightclubs.

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Vern Goff
EMERALD CITY COMMUNICATIONS
202 488-1124




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