MAKING A DIFFERENCE GLOBALLY...
The BulLion Foundation is a nonprofit, multi-cultural global initiative, whose goal is to provide underprivileged people, especially the youth, with the opportunities, resources and supplies needed to create a healthy and stable lifestyle for themselves and their families. Our mission is to improve their quality of life through arts, music, sports and other disciplines.
The Foundation programs we offer vary from panel discussions/lectures to interactive performances by celebrities, up-and-coming artists and students. We encourage students by presenting them with role models and the resources needed to assist them in achieving their goals through our various entertainment and corporate relationships. This is being accomplished through partnerships with other foundations such as Alonzo Mourning Foundation, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, Jaris Reed Group (film documentary workshops for teens), Van Taylor Productions, Ed Keane Associates, as well as other recreational facilities, hospitals and educational institutions worldwide.
We have successfully completed programs at The Smithsonian, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts, Harvard Law School, Berklee College of Music, Langston Hughes Community Library and, the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari festival series (Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, St. Vincent, et al), to name a few.
Our international ties continue to grow, due to the number of UN officials and foreign diplomats who are lending their support by presenting our initiative to representatives from their respective countries
The BulLion Foundation will continue to delve into the realms of music, sports, nutrition and computer science to create programs for underprivileged people. Without opportunities and resources, even the most gifted individuals struggle.
Through our services, resources and supplies we will be able to usher in more intelligent, versatile and skilled individuals ready to contribute to the global market.
Anre’ DaCosta CEO/Founder
As CEO//Founder of The BulLion Foundation, Anre’ has strategized and developed a blueprint combining education with several creative and skill-oriented disciplines for students in an effort to provide them with the tools needed to enhance their academic performance, as well as prepare them to achieve and compete in the global community.
Anre' DaCosta is the Founder and CEO of DIOS Music and BulLion Holdings, Inc. He was the Director of Business Development for TGF where he played a key role in the growth and expansion of that organization.
With 20 (plus) years of experience in the entertainment industry under his belt, Anre’ has gained a uniquely effective approach to marketing, radio promotion, public relations from positions he has held at record labels and corporations such as: Sony Music, Bank Of America, TVT Records, Universal / Uptown Records, DME Interactive / Roc A Blok Records / Places Of Color and Ruben Rodriguez Entertainment, to name a few.
His first venture as an entrepreneur DIOS Music , launched the careers of indie artists: BDS (aka BoonDox Saints). Stereo H (aka Hashim BING) and Electric Life Records artist Derek McKeith, alongwith a host of others.
As an entrepreneur, consultant, manager and producer, Anre' continues to mentor and develop artists representing various genres of music.
1996 - 2000
UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD -
B.S. Communications, Summer 2000
SANDRA TRIM-DACOSTA - COO
Sandra Trim-DaCosta is an International Entertainment Marketing Consultant and serves on the board of The BulLion Foundation.
Her previous experience in the entertainment industry includes executive posts at N-Coded Music (Warlock/RED) - (V.P., Artist and Product Development) and GRP (MCA/Universal) - (V.P., Marketing) where her responsibilities included the supervision of the product management, publicity, video and advertising departments, and the development of specific marketing campaigns for the GRP Music Group. She worked closely with an artist roster that included George Benson ,Maysa, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Ramsey Lewis, to name a few.
Before her tenure at GRP Records, Ms. Trim-DaCosta spent over a decade at CBS Records and Sony Music Entertainment Inc. where she held several positions. She was responsible for the career development and marketing of artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick, Jr., Roy Ayers, Marvin Gaye, as well as LL Cool J, Public Enemy and many other artists on the Def Jam/Columbia Records labels.
While Director of Educational/Cultural Affairs, Corporate Division at Sony Music, Ms. Trim-DaCosta developed educational initiatives and coordinated cultural affairs events for several labels. Prior to that, she worked at Columbia Records and held the positions of Director, Marketing, Columbia Records; Director, Artist Development, Columbia Records; Associate Director, Press and Public Information, CBS Records. Throughout her stint at Columbia, Ms. Trim-DaCosta pioneered “alternate” marketing techniques and was instrumental in establishing one of the internship programs for college students of color.
Ms. Trim-DaCosta served as a business and marketing consultant to several colleges and universities including Howard, Harvard law School, Hampton, San Diego City College, NYU, Berklee College of Music, to name a few. She is also in the midst of a long-term project with the Japanese-based Harmony Eyes Foundation’s educational/cultural initiatives and Osaka University project. Additional programs include music workshops for students in Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, etc. in conjunction with the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari festival series.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Trim-DaCosta was a member of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program for the Eradication of Poverty) Advisory Board and CACE International She also held positions on the Board of Directors of Graham Windham and Jazzmobile.
A recipient of several awards for her community service efforts, Ms.Trim-DaCosta is listed in “Who’s Who in Black America.” She was named as one of the Dollars and Sense Top 100 Black Business andProfessional Women. She was given the CEBA Award for excellence in advertising and received an award as one of the Outstanding Young Women in America. In addition, she was presented with a “Partner in Education” Award by the New York City Public Schools.
Richmond College - Bachelor of Arts - Education, Simmons College Management training program
CBS School of Management
Van Taylor – Executive Director
Van has entertained all over the world at various Resorts and Embassies for over 30 years. He is a songwriter, and owner of Van Taylor Production music publishing company, and TM International an Internet music distributor company. Van is an artist developer, concert promoter and events coordinator. Van is the bandleader of the internationally known R&B/Jazz band “Taylor Made Jazz
Over the course of 30 years Van has helped to educate hundreds of musicians, and thousands of children with musical workshops, and has provided shows for over a hundred thousand members of our U.S. military and Embassies, their families and our allies by lifting their spirits and morale with musical performances. Van Has Lead some of the longest tours for Department of Defense on record for AFE. Van has produced several successful artists and TV shows. Many of his music students have opened their own businesses with their own bands, creating hundreds of jobs. Van plans to continue giving to his local and the world community to make a difference through music by supporting organization with sustainable conclusion such as The Hunger Project. Noted for his Charitable work Van Taylor’s band Taylor Made Jazz celebrated it’s 21st anniversary in 2008 by donating proceeds to National inner city youth opportunities and student against violence education.
In 2009, again in 2010 Van Taylor organized and produced “Concert From The Heart” the 1st cross genre concert bringing together classical, jazz rhythm and blues musicians to benefit the Food bank of Western New York, and the Buffalo City Mission. Featured was the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Taylor Made Jazz Concert Band, The Legendary Singer Lance Diamond, the Old School B Boys with The Mark Mazur Big little Band and the George Scott Big Band Featuring Melissa Kate. Van has served on 3 board of directors Buffalo Media Resource Group for film and digital development ( Squeaky Wheels) Retired, The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, and the Colored Musicians Club the Oldest Jazz club in the United States
Van works with Young Audience of Western New York and Rochester providing music educational concerts and workshops for children in grade 3 to high school with his group Taylor Made Jazz
Van has served as a conference speaker on the business of music, marketing and international touring, to many music educational seminars and conferences over the years. During the late 1980s early 1990s Van served as regional conference coordinator for the Minnesota Black Music expo, the international Association of African American Music and the Western New York Music conference, He also served in Toronto as a Music Conference panelist and coordinator for the WNY Music Conference. During the 1970’s Van served as Music Director for several Motown and Philly International Touring Bands. During the late 1980’s Van produced the Hit TV show City Rhythm which aired on Fox Superstation taking the top spot in the Neilson Ratings. Van is also promoting a song called agape the hunger project to benefit the organization called the Hunger Project. Van is Current Seeking to expand his Company to support Veterans and servicemen and women while putting musicians to work. Van is actively working with the Traveling Guitar Foundation and BulLion Entertainment to provide support through the arts and giving physical support through corporate giving
Education: Seneca Voc high Electronics Electricity - Numerical Control Science, Erie Opportunity Center - Computer Science, Erie Community College - Electrical Science incomplete, EOC -PCA Certified Traumatic Brian Injury. Board of Directors: Buffalo Media Resource group19 years, Buffalo Music Hall of fame 15 years, Colored Musicians Club Advisory Board 20 years, Vice President Colored Musicians Club
Van’s references can be found in the Marquis Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World; also in Men of Achievement in Cambridge, England and the Buffalo News
Ed Keane – CFO
Ed Keane founded Ed Keane Associates, Inc., a management and booking agency representing artistsincluding the multi-award winning Nnenna Freelon, Grammy and Dove Award winners Take 6, T. S.Monk, and others. Ed has produced several critically acclaimed recordings (including Nnenna’
Freelon’s LIVE, T.S. Monk’s Monk On Monk) and broadcast specials including Ladies of Note
(featuring legendary Lainie Kazan, Melba Moore, and Nnenna Freelon), which won the prestigious
National Education Television Association Performance Award. Prior to this, he worked as an
agent at Ted Kurland Associates representing artists including Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Pat
Metheny , Nina Simone, and more. His education activities and speaking engagements are many, most recently the Harvard Law School’s ‘Recording Artists Project,’ The Kennedy Center’s ‘Mid-Atlantic Arts Initiative,’ the Berklee College of Music’s ‘Business of Music Industry’ Day, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival industry panel, and many more. He has participated in and supported a variety of causes, fundraisers and special events including the Cambridge Housing Authority Foundation fundraiser (Cambridge, MA), DIVAS: Simply Singing AIDS Awareness Fundraiser (Los Angeles), Artist Services’Whitman-Walker Clinic fundraiser (Washington, D.C.), as well as the 2004 Democratic NationalConvention’s Black Caucus Institute (Boston, MA). Under his management, Ed’s artists have appeared to great success on the Grammy Awards Telecast, In Performance At The White House, andinnumerable other national and international programming.
In charity endeavors and community involvement, Ed has served on the Board of Directors for
several organizations including ZUMIX, Inc., the New England Jazz Foundation, Traveling Guitar
Foundation, and the Institute for Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (IMPR) and participated in the
Thelonious Monk Institute’s Annual Artist Competition, and maintains an active membership in the
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences ‘Grammy In The Schools’ program.
In literary endeavors, he has worked to bring about True Coming of Age (2004, McGraw- Hill) and
Interviewing In-Depth: The Interactive-Relational Approach (Sage) with John Chirban, PhD., ThD.
In addition, he consults for Columbia College Chicago for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. His efforts
have increased overall sales revenue by a factor of ten, raised the national profile of the organization,
and Ed earned his A. B. from Harvard University in Biochemical Sciences, a Certificate in Management
and Administration from Harvard’s Extension School, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree.
Awards & Honors
Producer of Live Shows:
“Dreaming The Duke” (funding by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
“Ladies Of Note” - - Kentucky Educational Television – National Education Award
“Monk On Monk”
Producer on Recordings:
Soulcall – (Nnenna Freelon, Artist – 2001) – Grammy nomination
Monk On Monk – (T. S. Monk, Artist – 1997 – Best Jazz Recording – New York Jazz Awards)
Among many others
1985-86 Certificate in Management & Administration, Harvard University Extension
Program - Accounting, Management Principles
1980-84 A.B., Biochemical Sciences, Harvard University
Head Of West Coast Operations,
From his auspicious recording debut at the age of 14 singing on Quincy Jones' seven-time Grammy Award winning Back On The Block CD which was named the 1990 Album of the Year, to his critically acclaimed solo career and performing around the world as a musical ambassador for the TGF, Derek McKeith has distinguished himself as a unique talent encompassing rock, blues, R&B, hip-hop and pop music into his own distinctive style.
Self taught on guitar, bass, piano and drums, McKeith’s two solo CDs, Something Strange and The Signature on his own Electric Life Records label have garnered radio airplay from Los Angeles to Australia. "Can't Get Enough" from The Signature became a number one song on BET. His music was also featured on the Showtime TV series "Soul Food" and the soundtrack of the "Son of the Mask" along with songs by Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Paul Anka, and Chubby Checker.
His enthralling stage performances draw comparisons to Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz, and as the New York Amsterdam News wrote, "His sizzling guitar playing conjured up memories of a young Jimi Hendrix."
McKeith has been acclaimed for performances at some of America’s most popular concert venues including the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. He's also performed on television on "The Today Show." As a last minute replacement for Usher on "Steve Harvey's Big Time" TV show, McKeith wowed music aficionado Harvey who lavished him with praise following his performance of "Headlines" from The Signature. In 2006 he captured the attention of entertainment industry elite when a VIP audience including Prince, Dr. Dre, and Magic Johnson was thoroughly impressed with hischarismatic opening set at The Knitting Factory in LA.
In addition to his solo Work, McKeith took pride in serving as the Director of West Coast Programs of the TGF, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to supporting and encouraging music education programs for young people across the country. Through the foundation he has conducted music workshops with guests including Grammy Award winner Swizz Beatz and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels from Run-D.M.C., and donated hundreds of instruments in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Atlanta and other cities. On a USO tour in Germany in May 2013, McKeith entertained military students and American troops. It was an unforgettable experience as a 23 year-old serviceman gave him a life changing compliment. "He was missing limbs from a bombing in Afghanistan, and he thanked me,” remembers McKeith. “I was the one who was thankful. Hearing his words, it changed my perspective. I know now I don’t just play music for myself. I appreciate the power of music.”
Bringing joy to wounded soldiers and presenting the gift of music to youth has empowered McKeith. “I love being able to donate instruments to kids and watch their faces light up. You can see their hunger for music. They are so grateful."
McKeith is extremely grateful to have launched his career recording with Quincy Jones. He sang background and appeared in the video for Tevin Campbell's single "Tomorrow" produced by Jones on Back On The Block. The classic CD featured legendary artists Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, George Benson and Barry White. "It was an amazing experience working with Quincy Jones," says McKeith, "and it molded me into being a professional."
Following his dramatic introduction into the music business, McKeith worked with several R&B artists including Sisqo from Dru Hill, Avant, Jon B., and Tamar Braxton. He developed his ability to mesmerize audiences early in his career, performing on "The Tonight Show," "The Soul Train Music Awards," and "The Arsenio Hall Show.” "Being on the Soul Train Music Awards as a background singer was amazing and I was inspired to do my own music."
Growing up as the child of actress Sheila Frazier (star of the classic "Super Fly") and William Morris talent agent Sam McKeith (whose clients included Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, The Jackson Five, and Ray Charles), McKeith was immediately immersed into the entertainment world. He fell in love with drums, and it was mother's friend Bill Cosby who taught him how to play.
McKeith's extended family also includes two more giants of entertainment, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. "Through my father I met Stevie and Michael," he says. "I would hang out with Stevie at his Wonderland recording studios in LA. I also went to pool parties at the Jacksons' house. I was regularly around Michael during the Thriller days. People compare me to Prince but I feel I am musically more like Michael because his music involved every genre. Pop encompasses everything."
McKeith has recorded dozens of new songs and more recently released an EP in the fall of 2014 entitled 'The Introduction @Derek McKeith', due to be followed by a full CD entitled Woman in the fall of 2015. "I want to show that my music is more expansive than just rock," he comments. "I get typecast as a rocker but I move from hip-hop, to R&B, to pop, to rock, and jazz and blues and I do it effortlessly, authentic and genuine. It is a musical kaleidoscope."
After 24 years in music and acting, McKeith is committed to utilizing his talent to continue a legacy of unity. "The great music festivals like Woodstock and Monterey Pop featured all music genres, and there were no issues of race," he says. "As I travel I see people are often separated by music. Like those festivals, I want my music to bring people together."
Accomplished guitarist, Lou Volpe, has released his first Standard album of his career “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes”, (songs of Sinatra). Receiving rave reviews, it combines influences of jazz, bossa nova, blues and swing into his legendary unique sound.
A native New Yorker, Lou Volpe is a standard not only on the New York music scene, but also recognized internationally as a master of the guitar. His artistry is combined with elegance, fire and soul coupled with a seductive, lyrical sound. Volpe’s empathetic virtuosity has allowed him to work in a wide variety of musical contexts while developing a unique approach to the guitar – a warm and lyric romanticism that illuminates the worlds of Jazz, R&B and Adult Contemporary. Having a past resume of performance and recording credits with diverse artists such as Peggy Lee, Chaka Khan, Bo Diddley, David “Fathead” Newman, Chet Baker, Liza Minnelli, Lionel Hampton, Roberta Flack, Phoebe Snow, The Manhattan Transfer and numerous others; touring extensively with Bette Midler, Judy Collins and the legendary Herbie Mann (for whom he composed, arranged and co-produced) has recognized his talent as a sought-after performer either solo or with his group. Interesting mentions: A performance with Herbie Hancock at Lincoln Center; A solo performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival; Televised concerts in NYC at the John Birks Gillespie Theater (for Jazz), as well as a presentation by The Apollo Theater, NYC, for recognition of his performances in Harlem, “The Jazz Capital” of NYC. His tours have included the U.S, Europe, Africa and Japan.
Respected by his peers and fans, Lou Volpe’s previous CDs “Can You Hear That?”, “Lou Volpe Undercovers”, and “Hear and Now” have been well received throughout the world.