AMM Charity Spotlight: ETA

Tony Bennett and AMM Reiss

"When the uncreative tell the creative what to do, it stops being art." Tony Bennett

Iconic singer, painter, and philanthropist, Tony Bennett, wanted to share his passion for The Arts with young people. In 2001, he and his wife Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, founded The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school in his hometown, which they fund through their non-profit organization, Exploring the Arts (ETA). ETA also helps other schools grow their arts programs. You can learn more and become involved at

AMM Artist Spotlight SKYLER GREY

As the youngest artist ever to be internationally exhibited, 16 year-old Los Angeles-based Skyler Grey is a rising star and one of the newest fixtures on the LA street art scene. After the tragic loss of his mother at age 2 and subsequent placement in therapy that involved art and drawing, Grey’s father noticed his son’s incredible artistic interest, talent and creativity. Over the years, with his father’s encouragement and continuous practice on various mediums, Grey has already transformed his talent into an extraordinary career.


AMM talks with Domingo Zapata

Domingo Zapata and AMM Reiss

Jeff Krauss: What inspired you to become an artist?

Domingo Zapata: My dad was a car painter and my mom was a tailor so I guess I was surrounded by paint and creativity since I was born. I don’t remember a day in my life without painting or drawing something.

DZ: I don’t work with any one in particular, however I do love to create awareness with my work and help charities that present a good program that protect the habitat of these beautiful animals.

JK: It definitively runs in the family! I understand your heavily involved in raising awareness for endangered species. What charities are you working with?


AMM Charity Spotlight: Peter Tunney and Gods Love We Deliver

Peter Tunney and AMM Reiss

Artist and Philanthropist Peter Tunney along with other artists recently unveiled The Lost Warhols. These wonderfully unique creations stemming from a Warhol photo session were auctioned with proceeds going to the exceptional work of Gods Love We Deliver. God's Love We Deliver is the New York City metropolitan area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook.


Charity spotlight: JBJ Soul Kitchen

Bon Jovi and AMM Reiss

“Our mission has always been to affect positive change and address the issues of hunger and homelessness," Jon Bon Jovi.

There are two locations of Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea's volunteer-run Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. They wanted to create a community where diners pay if they can. Unlike a standard soup kitchen, diners of all socioeconomic backgrounds sit together at communal tables, as the restaurant serves both paying customers and those in need.

Bon Jovi was named a 2018 nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Visit to learn more.

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AMM Insight with Artist & Philanthropist Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons and AMM Reiss

“Just as I experience my own possibility, and want more, I would hope that viewers also experience their own possibilities, and want more.” Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons at Keep Memory Alive’s inspiring, Power of Love Gala, with proceeds benefitting Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The Lou Ruvo Center provides care to patients with memory and movement disorders, and is a leading clinical trial and translational research organization with multiple clinical trial sites across the nation at various Cleveland Clinic locations.

AMM Spotlight: Athlete & Musician & Philanthropist; Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams and AMM Reiss

“I believe that no kid, and I mean NO kid, shouldn’t have the opportunity to play an instrument and learn it. It enriches their lives.” Bernie Williams

Puerto Rican musician and baseball player, Bernie Williams was a member of four World Series championship teams with the Yankees, is a classically trained guitarist who was nominated for a Grammy, and created the Hillside Food Charity in Hollywood, which is dedicated to fighting hunger in the Westchester and Putnam counties.


AMM Philanthropy Innovation Spotlight: United Way

United Way CEO Brian Gallagher and AMM Reiss

United Way is opening their arms to the future of Philanthropy Cloud, the first-ever global platform that connects employees, customers and partners with the causes they care about the most. A digital solution that will change the face of philanthropy as we know it.


Publisher Reiss Talks with Photographer & Philanthropist Barbara Pyle

Barbara Pyle captured Springsteen and the E-Street Band as they were skyrocketed to stardom. She is also one of the only photographers who has ever been given access inside the recording studio while Springsteen is working. This stunning and intimate work also marks the fortieth anniversary of Born to Run.

Michael Reiss: I’m here with Barbara Pyle, iconic photographer, at her Carmine Street gallery, surrounded by all incredibly soulful and revealing pictures of a young Bruce Springsteen.


AMM Featured Philanthropist Barbara Lazaroff

“Live your life in full color, with exuberance and purpose and passion—be a person of integrity, resilience and generosity.” Barbara Lazaroff

Ms. Barbara Lazaroff is the co-founder with Chef Puck of the Wolfgang Puck brand with acclaimed restaurants such as the former Spago Hollywood, Granita, Eureka, Spago Beverly Hills and Chinois Santa Monica, as well as many establishments nationally and abroad. She is also highly recognized for her life’s mission as a strong community activist and passionate philanthropist.


David Drebin Dreamscapes

Jeff Krauss: What inspired you to become an artist?

David Drebin: Never thought about being an "artist." I just wanted to explore the relationship with my imagination and creating imagery with tools and materials like cameras, lights, crystal starfire glass, glitter and neons to explore the inner workings of my imagination and this amazing universe that we are lucky enough to occupy for our allotted time alive. I also love making people feel something, anything and hope that my works do that for the viewer.


Jennifer Hudson supports Stand Up To Cancer

Jennifer Hudson and AMM Reiss

Jennifer Hudson has come a long way since she was a finalist in American Idol a few years ago. Not only has she launched a successful recording career, she's acted in films such as Dreamgirls, and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a SAG Award and is now a judge on the hit show The Voice.

Stand Up To Cancer is a non-profit organization/website/TV show that aims to raise money for cancer researchers and scientists to come together and reach their common goal: the cure for cancer.

AMM featured Charity: The Felix Organization

DMC and AMM Reiss

The Felix Organization was co-founded in 2006 by Emmy Award Winning Casting Director Sheila Jaffee and Hip Hop Legend Darryl DMC McDaniels. This unlikely duo are adoptees who met while searching for their birth parents.

They bonded instantly and that same year launched not only the charity but it’s signature program Camp Felix, a summer camp specially designed for youth in the foster care system. The charity doesn’t stop there. It also helps youth all year round by providing them with life changing opportunities–from dance scholarships to experiencing their first Broadway play or pro- fessional ball game.


Meet Peter Max

Peter Max and AMM Reiss

As a Yogi my true feelings about my life is a line stated in yoga "Love all and serve all.” Peter Max

Peter Max:I do not view myself as a psychedelic person but as a Yogi. Although most link the Beatles with bringing awareness of yoga to the public it was myself who actually brought yoga into the mainstream in the United States. After studying yoga with Swami Satchidananda I brought him to America. After opening yoga centers, I received a phone call from George Harrison, with Ringo, proudly telling me that they also had their own Swami Maharishi Mahesh in England.


AMM Philanthropist Spotlight: Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon and Reiss

Julian Lennon has a wonderful new environmentally conscious children's book, "Touch The Earth" to go along with his many accomplishments of musician and photographer. Lennon is also truly devoted to philanthropic endeavors, most notably the White Feather Foundation and the Whale Dreamers Organization. These organizations promote the co-existence of all species and the health and well-being of the Earth.

To learn more about Lennon's philanthropic endeavors please visit


AMM Inspiration: GONNA FLY NOW

Stallone and Connors at the Rocky premiere

Sylvester Stallone and Carol Connors: Revealing “The Common Thread” They Share of Creativity and Perseverance
By Jerry Gladstone

When I asked Carol about Stallone, her first words were “Yo, Rocky.” I knew I was in for a great conversation. “Sly was and is the most focused person I ever met with an incredible belief in himself,” she said. “He is my role model when it comes to work ethic. He refused to give up on his dream.” She fondly remembers the moment she came up with the words to Conti’s music for the scene in Rocky where he runs up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She was in the shower replaying the scene and melody in her mind when she came up with the iconic three words, “Gonna Fly Now.”

As I penned The Common Thread of Overcoming Adversity and Living Your Dreams, it became evident that there is indeed a common thread to success no matter walk of life or background a person is from. I am once again fascinated how two individuals, a struggling actor and a young girl who grew up in a time when there just wasn't a level playing field for women have used very similar habits and disciplines on their journeys to success.



Lincoln Center President (2013-2016) Jed Bernstein

Lincoln Center

Arts Management Magazine: What’s the key to managing the great artist?

Jed Bernstein: Passion is a huge thing. Like being able to say to an artist, “Listen, my job as a manager is to provide you with the resources, whether it’s financial or circumstantial or emotional, so you can make the greatest art you can.” And I think as an artist, that’s a pretty irresistible proposition. “Okay. So your job is to allow me to do my best work. It sounds pretty good.”


Mickey Hart: ‘Grateful Dead’ Drummer Creates Painting Rhythm

"These works have been drummed, vibrated into existence. This technique is essential in the creation of my art.”

Mickey Hart is legendary in the music world known for his decades as percussionist for the Grateful Dead, as well as being a pivotal innovator. Deadheads and new fans will now have a chance to experience Hart utilizing an entire new art form grown from his love of rhythm. The three time Grammy award winner embarks on premiering his pulsing works as a painter.


AMM Spotlight: Albert Diaz; Basquiat beginnings

Al Diaz and AMM Reiss

"Albert Diaz- Selected works at 57 Great Jones street is both an exuberant celebration of the friendship and collaboration that Diaz had with Jean Micheal Basquiat who lived and died at that location and a clear demarcation that Diaz should not be defined by the long shadow of his famous early collaborator. This show can once and for all put an end to any critics who accuse him of riding on Basquiat's coattails. The love of collaboration that Basquiat had can be traced to Diaz, who was Basquiat’s earliest collaborator. It is Diaz who understood then, still understands and embodies the essential need that Graffiti artists have to cover each other, to “have my back’ to playfully compete and to wow each other with their artistic prowess. In other words to collaborate with each other and the environment. Graffiti and street art is performative, site specific, deeply personal and totally public." Kate Barrell Prendergast


AMM Fab 5 Freddy insight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Fab Five Freddy and AMM Reiss at MOMA Club 57 celebration

"When Jean-Michel was nice, he was excessively nice. But when he was mean, he could also be excessively mean. He was able to freeze a person up, just with a look. And he was able to hit that same mark with his paintings." Fab 5 Freddy

Fred Brathwaite more popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is an American visual artist, filmmaker, rapper and hip hop pioneer. He emerged in New York's downtown underground creative scene in the late 1970s as a camera operator and a regular guest on Glenn O'Brien's public access cable show TV Party. There he met Chris Stein and Debbie Harry. He was immortalized in 1981 when Harry rapped on the Blondie song "Rapture" that "Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody's fly." In the late 1980s, Fab 5 Freddy became the first host of the groundbreaking and first internationally telecast hip-hop music video show Yo! MTV Raps.


AMM Spotlight: The Art of the DJ

Samantha Michelle

" It’s all an expression of love, isn’t it? Creation, contribution, communalization and collaboration – I believe that’s what’s at play in charity, art, and music, and so they all work real nicely together. And again, going back to the essential five senses here, they stir and delight different parts of the self, and so need be paired cleverly." Samantha Michelle is a Canadian actress-turned-filmmaker and DJ specializing in 1960s and 70s soul, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, ska and funk. Since moving to NYC in February, she’s provided the sounds for a series of art, fashion and charity events and has spun for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, The Morrison Hotel Gallery, Soho House, Lululemon, Christie’s, Galore Magazine, Topping Rose House, and Omar’s Park Avenue.

AMM: How do you think music creates a mood, tone, and sets the stage for an event?

SAMANTHA MICHELLE: For me, personally, music is absolutely everything. But for all humans, it’s got to be at least one in five; meaning, hearing is one of the five senses, right there alongside sight, smell, taste, and touch and so it is a hugely important part of any overall experience. Our sense of sound is often the first to be engaged when we enter into a space and so it, pardon the pun here, scores it all. Music gets in the blood and in the bones; it loosens, enlivens, and uplifts and so I feel it’s the job of the DJ to use sound to effectively say “welcome, we’re mighty glad you’re here, you’re gonna have a great time, please enjoy yourself.”


AMM Philanthropy spotlight: Agent of Change

Rachel Goldstein

"I believe I was born with a philanthropic gene passed on from my elders. I was always taught to be a ‘giver’ not a ‘taker’. It’s what drove me to start my company with the goal of helping other people. I utilize my event production skills in planning logistics for cause-related and mission driven projects. It feels good at the end of a day’s work knowing I helped people gain awareness for a cause, financially have an easier time from funds that the events raised or simply happier knowing that people care for their needs." Rachel Goldstein

Rachel P. Goldstein is the Founder and CEO of Agent of Change, a company founded solely on the core value of making a difference in people's lives through its event production, strategic marketing campaigns, and project management. Rachel has worked with extraordinary people making real impacts on today’s culture in areas that are changing the world we live in, such as wellness, peace initiatives, women’s rights, education, political advocacy, social justice, philanthropy and entertainment. Change happens by those who ask for it, and it is Rachel’s fundamental principle to provide those who seek change with the proper tools to achieve it.


Jeff Krauss on The Art of Inspiration and Philanthropy with How You Glow

Jeff Krauss: How did you come up with the idea for How You Glow?

Tara: How You Glow came to be through our desire to explore the vibrancy surrounding us — everything from delicious food, to inspiring people, cool and innovative brands, cutting edge wellness, fulfilling travel, nourishing books, natural beauty products and more.

AMM Insights on Positivity with Harry Edelson

Harry Edelson and AMM Publisher Reiss

"I'm always good, never sick, always ready to do things."
Harry Edelson.

In his book, Positivity, Edelson offers his tried and true methods that he and his family have used to maximum effect. Some people have gotten rich off books on how to get rich, Harry has gotten rich and gives insights and tips on how you can too. From tips on how to be smarter through speed reading, mnemonic devices, and math tips to common sense insights on how to be more prosperous—Positivity is both thought provoking and pragmatic. But most importantly what Harry offers are insights into how to live a truly happy and healthy life. His book Positivity is unlike any book I have ever read. Yes, insightful, but what truly is a game changer is its simple yet profound insights embracing the incredible gift of life. Whether it be everyday chores, the stock market, or putting together a multimillion dollar deal, Harry helps us better realize that life is between the ears, and is a truly a state of mind.

Here is my unfiltered interview that occurred in person on 6/8/17 and on the phone on 6/28/17. AMM recommends we all practice Positivity by visiting:


AMM Cultural Spotlight: Asian American Business Development Center

John Wang and AMM Reiss

"Asian Americans represent the perfect blend of Asian culture with American ideologies. While they are in touch with their Asian roots, being raised in America gives them insight to what is important, and the differences between American and Chinese ways of thinking. Ultimately, Asian Americans are the individuals at the forefront of bridging US China relations while respecting the values and culture of both nations." John Wang

John Wang established the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) in 1994 because he saw a need to promote greater recognition of Asian American businesses’ contributions to the general economy, and wanted to connect the U.S. and China on projects and investments at a private, corporate, provincial and municipal government level.


Barbara Lazaroff's Featured AMM Charity Spotlight Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

For more information or to get involved please visit:


I Wanna Be a Cowboy

From publicly defending his star of David ring in Anti-Semitic Eastern Europe, to showing in art exhibitions despite lacking the money or support of contemporaries, like Ai Weiwei and others, Terrenceo has stayed true to his thought-provoking social commentary and political criticism, always risking himself to get people’s deeper attention.

Hailing from the same time and place of South Central Los Angeles as his contemporary artists, Henry Taylor, Marc Bradford, and Sanford Biggers, Terrenceo took a slightly different path after college.  “Though always a painter, like them, I began performance art in the streets of Hollywood. I wanted to do something that didn't depend on me needing to sell artwork all the time and the contradictions that it can sometimes lead to.


AMM Insight: Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller and AMM Reiss

Michael Reiss: What advice could you offer on acting?

Jerry Stiller: When you get your five minutes…just say your lines.

Gerald Isaac "Jerry" Stiller is an American comedian and actor. He is perhaps best known for playing Frank Costanza on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. They are the parents of actor Ben Stiller, with whom Stiller co-starred in the films Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid and Zoolander 2. Stiller is best known for his unique angry, yelling acting style.


Giorgio In The Jungle

Far Out Kids will team up with Giorgio Armani's Acqua for Life, Water One World Solutions, and Fritz Water Vests to deliver water filtrations systems to the indigenous Ngäbe people of Panama and Costa Rica. .


AMM Thanks

Robert Greenberg with AMM Publisher Reiss

All of us at AMM want to give a very special thanks to assistant to the publisher Robert Greenberg. Though still in high school, his incredible work ethic, genuine understanding of complex projects, and professional attention to detail all made him invaluable to AMM. Robert is an integral part of the magazine.