Maintaining the Turkey and Toy Giveaways founded by James Brown, was extremely important to James Brown’s children. On November 19, 2007, after Mr. Brown’s passing, his children held the first Annual BFCF Turkey Giveaway, in his memory. The first BFCF Annual Toy Giveaway was held on December 21, 2007. Both events have become a day of reflection but, also a day of helping those in need.
THE BFCF MISSION
Based on James Brown's strong belief in education, the BFCF mission is to support new and existing music education programs for students who pursue a career in the music and entertainment industry. We offer scholarships, internships, mentorships and music education. Our goal is to help youth strive for excellence through arts and music education.
BFCF MUSIC IN EDUCATION
BFCF “MUSIC” Scholarships – Musical instruments will be awarded to elementary and secondary schools through this scholarship program. This initiative will also include high school students who choose to pursue a career in the music industry.
The JAMES BROWN Award of Excellence – An Outstanding Student Achievement Award will be given as special recognition to a student who has excelled in academics. In addition, an Outstanding Music Artist Award will be given to a performing artist in the music industry for his/her musical contributions.
BFCF Internships/Mentorships – A national search will be conducted for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the music and entertainment industry. Interns would be paired with performing artists at concerts, recording studios, guest appearances and writing sessions.
BFCF WORLD AWARENESS
BFCF Health Awareness Campaign - As part of our humanitarian effort, we will expand our vision by providing health education and awareness to communities nationwide where the need to address growing health concerns is critical. This endeavor will help individuals make better decisions that will lead them to healthy, productive lives.
BFCF Disaster Relief - We will partner with organizations to provide assistance to children and families in crisis in addition to helping those who have been displaced due to natural disasters such as Katrina, or Haiti.
Annual James Brown Turkey and Toy Giveaway - The BFCF will continue to hold an annual Turkey and Toy Give-Away in Augusta, GA. This endeavor supports financially challenged families who are unable to provide for their families during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. This effort expanded to other cities across the U.S. in 2010.
BFCF MUSIC IN MOTION
BFCF JAMP – JB Academy of Musik Pupils is a musical village which offers students an exciting and unique opportunity to learn the history of James Brown, participate in music programs, network with children from around the world, attend educational workshops, field trips, receive key information from guest speakers in the music industry. Students are taught music theory, to read music, write their own songs and play a musical instrument.
A Career in the Entertainment Industry – Most children are unaware of the many diverse opportunities that exist within the music industry. We will partner with colleges and universities nationwide to create a music career awareness campaign for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the music and entertainment industry. The campaign will also include a promotional tour with upcoming performing artists.
BFCF Tribute Song – A collaboration of A-list entertainers, upcoming artists and producers will create a tribute song to the legacy of James Brown. High school and college students will have a behind the scenes view of what is involved in a recording of this magnitude. Proceeds from the song would be used to fund music programs.