Annoucing the Scholarship Fund

Sunday Morning group photo by Mitko Gerensky

Greetings Music Industry Weekend Alumni and Friends!

 I am still “floating” after our marvelous weekend at Bosch last month.  And I am excited about the prospects for next year.  Our colleague Chris Miller (aka “mystici9”) took an idea he had and ran with it, spurring me and Jordan Rager (Deputy Administrator at Bosch) to spring into action.  We had for some time considered establishing a scholarship fund to provide tuition assistance to youth and full-time students whose career focus includes the Music Industry as a profession. 

 We are pleased to announce that such a scholarship fund has been established with the National Baha’i Fund Treasurer’s office. Contributors must be Baha’i and can, with a valid Baha’i ID number, earmark a contribution to the National Baha’i Fund as being for the “Bosch Music Industry Scholarship” by writing that in the memo section of the check.

A confidential committee will review and appraise applicants in the coming year. The available funds will applied as discounts to the Bosch fees.  It is not applicable to transportation or other individual costs, only to Bosch Baha’i School fees.

This means that Baha’i artists can now be creative and help grow this scholarship fund. For instance, I plan to establish a music download website of a few selected tracks and use the revenue I gain from the site to support the scholarship. That way, my meager download income from selected tracks will help some young musician in the future to tap into the energy and spirit of Music Industry Weekend and thereby learn that he or she won’t have to relinquish Baha’i principles to find friends in the music industry.

 We can follow the lead of Chris Miller, who turns out to be not only a fine musician, but a capable visual artist as well.

Chris writes:    “Well, my dear friends, paintings of performers from the recent 2011 music weekend are available at  Proceeds to go towards a scholarship fund for next year.  These pictures can be used personally and for any of your fans to purchase as well. Please DO NOT use commercially without additional arrangements with me, i.e.; performance posters, album covers, etc. Hope you all enjoy!

                PS If you would like a picture of yourself or of someone you don’t see posted, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. If it’s from the weekend, ALL profits will go towards the Scholarship Fund.”

You can contact Chris by email at .

I hope you’ll have a look at Chris’s artwork and consider a purchase to help our scholarship fund.  Perhaps you’ll even consider doing something similar with your own talents as I plan to do.

Thanks Chris for leading the way!

 Now briefly some other stuff:

Robert Gillies is about to release his first album called “Astronaut” and from the tracks we heard at Bosch this year, it’s going to be stellar!  Robert was wondering if you would like to be on his fan mailing list. Just send your name and e-mail address to:

Jon Rezin, who gave us a great presentation (or three actually) on the business side of the Music business, is about to launch another venture called “9 Star Distribution”. 

Jon says:  “The Best in Baha’i Inspired Media is Launching Soon…9 Star Media Distribution is prepping for a launch around the 1st of the year.”

You can sign-up to learn more about  9 Star Distribution  by clicking on the 9-Star Logo.   Those of us who signed up for Jon’s mailing list have already received a link to some very useful internet resources.

Here’s something different, as one might expect from our brother Brian Taraz.  Brian has produced a series of YouTube videos called “Occupy God”.  These aren’t for everyone, but there are folks who quite enjoy them. 

Brian writes: “Check out – Occupy God on YouTube – Start with “The Messenger” and let it roll.  Give it 5 minutes (into Episode 1), If you hate it – move on.  – Brian”

And one more item:
yours truly, Darrell Elmer Rodgers, just released a Music Web Log video of a new song I wrote at Music Industry Weekend. I think it’s cute if I do say so myself.  Check out “Snuggle Up to My Good Side Baby” on YouTube .

Please share the weekend news with your fellow musicians and producer and make plans to join in the fun at Bosch Baha’i School, October 25-28, 2012!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend 
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Another Fantastic Weekend!

Well dear friends, we did it again!  What fun we had at Bosch this year, and what springtime-like weather we enjoyed! (almost makes up for some previous year’s rain)

I made a video this morning – a VLOG for my own website ( ) – but since it’s all about Music Industry weekend, here it is for you.

I’d like to point out that my “VLOGGING” skills were acquired at Last Year’s Music Industry Weekend and I just might present some video tips myself at NEXT Year’s event, scheduled tentatively for 25-28 October 2012.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!! 

Below are some photos that Deb took. 

You can see more photos on our Scrapbook 6 page  and on our new MIW_2011FLICKR page .

Darrell Elmer Rodgers- Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend 
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Robert Gillies and Darrell Elmer Rodgers radio for help.


Mitko Gerensky and John Armour hatch their blackmail plot!


Drummers like Irwin Anolik don't grow on trees, but IN them perhaps...


Friday night Open Mic was eclectic!


Sunday Morning group photo by Mitko Gerensky

You can see more photos on our Scrapbook 6 page  and on our new MIW_2011FLICKR page