Press Releases For media inquiries or to receive our media kit with photos, testimonials and more, please contact: Melinda Sherwood, [email protected], T: 305-663-3543Iliana Torres, [email protected], T: 305-663-3543 _______________________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE“IFWA MUSIC” RAMPS UP WITH RELEASE OFFIRST ORIGINAL SINGLE ON HEELS OF FIRST LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE AT FAENA THEATER IN MIAMI BEACHThe collaborative initiative of the IFWA network of musicians/music professionals will include songwriting, music production, artist development and live concert productionNEW YORK/FORT LAUDERDALE (December 5, 2019) – The Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts (IFWA), a financial wellness firm catering specifically to career professionals in the arts and entertainment industries, is singing a new tune – literally. The firm has officially launched a new creative venture, “IFWA MUSIC,” that draws on the expertise and talent of musical artists within the IFWA network to nurture, create and sustain new music projects.IFWA Music officially rolled out with the release of its first original single, “Anything At All,” on Thursday December 5th, 2019. Produced by IFWA co-founder Darren Sussman and IFWA Head of Artist Relations Rees Bridges , the single features GRAMMY® award-winner Casey Benjamin on piano, Koleen Estrada on violin, Conrad Itchner on bass and Bridges on drums. The music and lyrics were written by Sussman with vocal arrangements by Ed Raulz.The single, now available on Spotify here, along with all music platforms and digital stores, was engineered and mixed by Jason "Jedi" Sedawie of South Florida-based Dogmanic Recording Studios.IFWA music is headed by Sussman and Bridges, both long-time musicians. Sussman has co-produced the two-time Tony-award winning Broadway show The Great Comet, in addition to producing the Opening Concert of The Olympic Village for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, among other festivals and concerts. Bridges was the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band Dirty Vegas, has performed and recorded with dozens of award-winning artists for over 20 years, and writes and produces music for film and TV.Under their guidance, IFWA Music initiatives will include songwriting, music production, artist development and live concert production – including a recently launched live karaoke series called “Rock the Mic” that debuted at the renowned Faena Theater in Miami Beach on November 18, 2019.“The IFWA was founded with the mission of helping artists cultivate financial independence so they can create more freely, own their success and do more of what they love to do,” explained Sussman. “IFWA MUSIC builds on that mission by bringing together our incredibly talented IFWA family of clients and alumni – including multiple Grammy award-winning musicians alongside emerging artists – to create something new.”Future IFWA MUSIC initiatives include a second single in early 2020, an IFWA artist compilation album release in summer 2020; an EP release for DJette Kiwi in fall 2020, along with new artist showcases and live music series in New York City, Fort Lauderdale and Miami (more details to be announced soon).About the IFWAThe Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts (IFWA) provides financial education and planning solutions to the arts and entertainment industry. Created in 2018 by Darren and Erik Sussman, the IFWA helps artists and arts professionals achieve and maintain financial success through high-quality curriculum, coaching and services. Our goal is to ensure that every artist and arts professional nationwide has the chance to make informed choices and decisions that result in financial well-being. Visit www.theifwa.com.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________INSTITUTE OF FINANCIAL WELLNESS FOR THE ARTS (IFWA) & FAENA THEATER ANNOUNCE LIVE MUSIC SERIES TO CELEBRATE THE MIAMI ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY This one-of-a-kind live band karaoke series will provide a platform for professional and amateur artists from around the region MIAMI (Nov. 1, 2019) – The Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts (IFWA) is excited to announce its partnership with Faena Theater with the “Rock the Mic” live karaoke series at Faena’s 3,000 square-foot old-Hollywood style theater. Kicking off on Monday, Nov. 18th at 7:30 p.m., Rock the Mic will celebrate the talents of Miami’s entertainment industry and give locals and visitors an unconventional karaoke experience where they take the stage and sing along to their favorite songs. The IFWA’s house band, led by Grammy Award-winning drummer and IFWA’s Director of Artist Relations Rees Bridges, will perform a variety of songs from different genres including Pop, R&B, Latin, Classic Rock, Country and more. Hosted by Latin musical artist Arias Martin, the evening will also feature eclectic tunes by DJette Kiwi, as well as a special performance by globally renowned magician and IFWA board member Alex Ramon. Rock the Mic is free and open to the public with RSVP at [email protected].Based in Fort Lauderdale, the IFWA was launched in 2018 to provide financial education and planning solutions to members of the arts and entertainment community nationwide – a community that has largely been underserved or ignored by the traditional financial services industry. To date, the organization has helped thousands of career artists – actors, dancers, musicians, and arts professionals – get the tools they need to plan a brighter financial future.“We’re delighted to partner with the prestigious Faena Theater, which appreciates local arts and culture as much as we do,” said Darren Sussman, President of the IFWA. “We’re deeply invested in the long-term success of the arts community in South Florida, and have some remarkably talented and well-known artists on our Board and among our ‘alumni,’ so the partnership with Faena is all about merging our two worlds and creating a place where this community can come together regularly to collaborate and showcase their talents.” “Faena and IFWA share a deep appreciation and respect for the arts, and this alignment allows us to combine resources to support an already-beloved event, Rock the Mic, and simultaneously celebrate the talent and diversity of the Miami arts and entertainment community,” said Alisha Talbot, Nightlife VIP Director at Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Rock the Mic will be an ongoing addition to the Faena Theater schedule. More dates to be announced soon. For more information on upcoming Rock the Mic events visit TheIFWA.com or follow them on Instagram/Facebook via @TheIFWA. For additional information on the Faena Hotel visit Faena.com/Miami-Beach.About the IFWA The Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts (IFWA) provides financial education and planning solutions to the arts and entertainment industry. Created in 2018 by Darren and Erik Sussman, the IFWA helps artists and arts organizations achieve and maintain financial success through high-quality curriculum, coaching and services. Our goal is to ensure that every artist and arts professional nationwide has the chance to make informed choices and decisions that result in financial well-being. Visit www.theifwa.com.About Faena TheaterCurrently showcasing the new theater and dining experience show, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, based on the critically acclaimed film by Peter Greenaway. This beautiful old-Hollywood style theater showcases not only the most eclectic and unique of performances but Faena’s very own highly-acclaimed artistic performances as well. Inspired by Europe's historic opera houses with its opulent gold-leaf and red velvet decor, Faena Theater is a grand setting to host live performances, weddings, dinners, product launches and elegant receptions. With capacity of 300 concert style or 150 seated, Faena Theater is an intimate seating with grand décor by acclaimed director, Baz Lurhmann.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________GROUND-BREAKING FINANCIAL WELLNESS FIRM DELIVERSMUCH-NEEDED FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND RESOURCESTO CAREER ARTISTS AND ARTS PROFESSIONALSThe Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts is the first organization of its kind to cater exclusively to career artists and arts institutionsNEW YORK/FORT LAUDERDALE (June 4, 2019) – The Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts (IFWA), a new financial wellness company catering specifically to career professionals in the arts and entertainment industries, is proud to announce its official nationwide debut. The company offers one-on-one coaching, financial wellness in the workplace programs and workshops, and engaging, original financial education content online all designed to help career artists and arts professionals become more financially successful.The IFWA is the brainchild of Darren Sussman, an established entrepreneur, musician and Broadway theater producer, and his brother Erik Sussman, who brings over 25 years of expertise in the financial services industry. Prior to founding IFWA, Darren co-founded TheaterMania, an online theater information and ticketing platform, and later OvationTix, a cloud-based ticketing, CRM, and fundraising platform for more than 600 theater and arts organizations nationwide. He also co-produced the two-time Tony-award winning Broadway show The Great Comet, in addition to producing the Opening Concert of The Olympic Village for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, among other festivals and concerts.The IFWA’s advisory board includes Emmy and Tony-award-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth, award-winning playwright and activist David Bar Katz, and actor and three-time NAACP Image Award Winner Malik Yoba, among others.“According to recent data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the arts and cultural sector generated 4.3 percent of U.S. GDP, and contributed more than $804.3 billion to the economy, all while employing roughly 5 million people,” says Darren Sussman. “Yet, the industry is woefully under-served in the financial services arena. Our goal is to close the financial education and access gap, and in so doing, help make the arts as a whole more sustainable.” “We believe that every arts professional, actor, writer, director, dancer or musician deserves to have a well-planned and sustainable financial life,” he adds. “There’s a general misconception that, with few exceptions, most people in the industry are struggling financially,” says Erik Sussman. “While like any industry, arts and entertainment deals with broad disparities in compensation, a Broadway actor or working musician often makes a very good living, well into six figures and beyond. The challenge is that many professionals are self-employed, or their incomes fluctuate, so they often lack the resources to develop and sustain a long-term financial plan or achieve goals like buying a home. They may not have access to company-sponsored retirement or insurance plans and often don’t understand their union pension plans either. There are a number of scenarios which are unique to this community that the IFWA understands and can address.”The IFWA works with a hand-selected team of accredited financial coaches nationwide, each affiliated with a Fortune 500 financial services firm and uniquely trained to address every stage of an artist or arts professional’s financial life.For individuals, the IFWA offers an initial complimentary and confidential consultation with a coach to develop and implement a strategic plan to help them achieve their goals.For organizations, the IFWA provides ongoing financial education and wellness workshops,along with access to viable savings and protection benefit programs for the entire staff.Consultations and financial education workshops are available by appointment. Visitwww.theifwa.com.About the IFWAThe Institute of Financial Wellness for the Arts (IFWA) provides financial education and planning solutions to the arts and entertainment industry. Created in 2018 by Darren and Erik Sussman, the IFWA helps artists and arts professionals achieve and maintain financial success through high-quality curriculum, coaching and services. Our goal is to ensure that every artist and arts professional nationwide has the chance to make informed choices and decisions that result in financial well-being.Visit www.theifwa.com.