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"We are the World" by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie


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!!!1st time representation from Nepal, Peru, and Spain!!!

AlbaniaBrazilCanadaChinaEgyptEnglandJordan  Nepal • Peru • India • IraqItalyRussiaSamoaSpainUSA



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Kids are working on projects to help the United Nations Association of NYC with their ongoing development of the Furaha School at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya 















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“CHAMPIONS” – children from the World Heart Beat Music Academy – England


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“We are the World” Terms


SonyATV – License – 300566 – We Are The World(2)

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Big Picture Foundation – We Are the World 040618.pdf – 2018-05-10-21_10.pdf – DOCUSIGNED-2

Kobalt Music

“We Are The World” – 25%

Written by Lionel Richie [ASCAP]Pub. by Brockman Music [ASCAP]Admin by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing Project Title: Big Picture Foundation: Kids’ CollaborationDescription: Big Picture Foundation has a three-part mission statement. 1) Children use the arts as part of outreach projects in their local, national or global communities. 2) Children build a global community of friends, by pitching themes to each other, by making art based on shared themes, and finally, by posting the results of their projects online. 3) Children learn about world cultures, by getting to know each other, thereby breaking down prejudice and promoting tolerance. Terms Use Type / Length: Background Vocal / Background Instrumental / Up to full length with lifts, edits, versionsScene Description: Multiple groups of children from all over the world will perform the song, and each of the performances will be reposted by Big Picture Foundation.  There will be one cut of the video that Big Picture Foundation creates cutting between each of the groups for the duration of the song.Term: One Year                                    Territory: WorldwideMedia: Internet Streaming (no paid media, not for fundraising) limited to licensee website/socials/YouTube page                                  Fee (based on 100%): $1,000 per composition         MFN With Master (if used) & Co-Pubs Approval is subject to the Terms of Kobalt’s synchronization license form. Please confirm use in writing with start date in order to proceed. Quotes are valid for 90 days. All fees must be paid within thirty (30) days of initial airing or receipt of invoice, whichever is earlier. This quote is limited solely to the writers/shares specified above; YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for and our approval is contingent upon YOU obtaining consent and paying any other person who may have an interest in such composition including but not limited to co-publishers, master owners, side artists, owners of samples or union (WHICH MAY BE SUBJECT TO A SEPARATE NEGOTIATION).  This approval is provided without prejudice and subject to complete execution of Kobalt’s long form agreement.  The composition may not be used in any manner that might be construed as being negative or derogatory towards the artist/writers. PLEASE NOTE: In the event that the composition is not used for any reason once a license has been requested, there will be a cancellation fee in the amount of 25% of the otherwise payable license fee, unless we receive written notice within ten (10) days of the license request stating cancellation.  Such cancellation fee shall be payable by you no later than 30 days after you notify us of such cancellation. Have a great day! Matt HolzmacherCoordinator, Synch Clearance

Corporate Structure

Big Picture Foundation Corporate Structure

We have a three-part mission: 1) Kids use the arts to affect positive change in their local, national or global communities, through outreach projects.  2) Kids build a global community of friends, by pitching themes to each other, by using the arts to interpret the themes, and finally, by posting the results of their projects online.  3) Kids learn about world cultures, by getting to know each other, thereby breaking down prejudice and promoting tolerance.

We host 3 annual Global Galleries, to show BPF children’s arts accomplishments.


EIN:  81-4795736

Incorporated January 9th, 2017

501(c)(3) appointed by IRS on June 26th, 2016


Big Picture Foundation

369 Round Hill Road

Greenwich, CT 06831


Tel:  (914) 980-7670

URL:  https://bigpicturefoundation.org



Kim Tamalonis – Founder and Executive Director

Sakhile Matlhare – Global Communications Director – located in Botswana

PhD from Northwestern University in the sociology of the work of African diasporic artists


Board of Trustees

Brit Foster Rothstein – President

Chase Kreuter – Secretary

Daniel Kennefick – Treasurer

Evan Weiss (CEO of Neomantra Capital)

Adam Levi – Rye Arts Center Senior Director




Most Frequently Contributing Global Teachers

Rami Khalef – Iraq – Harsham Camp

Tejas Mehta – India – Teach for India/Anjali Khalsa English School

Pragya Tank – India – Teach for India/Anjali Khalsa English School

Chuantong Ma –  China

Shpend Bengu – Albania

Sherry Tamalonis – USA – Greenwich Academy

UNHRC and IRD team – Jordan –  Za’atari Camp

Sahana Gero – England – World Heart Beat Music Academy


Essential Programming Supporters

Nancy Pasquale – She understands our program and sits on the Rye Board of Ed

Shaheen Mistry – CEO Teach for India

UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) at the Za’atari Refugee Camp

IRD – International Relief and Development Organization

Robert Martin – BPF Insurance broker and father of BPF student

Robyn Kaminer – General programming support

Daniel Dardashi – Matches nonprofits with corporate sponsors (we will meet for the first time, this month)

Nicole Levitsky – RyeTV Director – works with BPF kids on a tv show

Greenwich Apple Store – Senior Manager, Michael Farewell, coordinates free BPF programs at the store.

Hagar Hajjar – Former head of Syria and Lebanon for the National Security Council, Former Speaker of the Treasury, and President of Greenwich Media Strategies

Greenwich Media Strategies provides strategic communications in the fields of counter-illicit finance, national security, and business messaging.

Ann Nicol – Executive Director of United Nations Association of New York City

Sandra Jackson-Dumont – Education Director at the Metropolitan Museum (inaccessible, but helps from afar)

Amy O’Reilly Rizzi – Deputy Chief Development Officer for The Fund for the Met at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shabaan Family

Aldis Family – for physically helping on past initiatives

Rye Library

Rye Town Hall

Rye Arts Center

Rye Rec ( we have met, but not yet launched the partnership)


No longer in active partnership: Church World Service Refugee Resettlement Organization


Kids Leadership Group


Aidan A. – General Manager

Delucia L – Friend Link (linking refugee children with fluent English speaking kids for art and conversation)

Chloe C – Friend Link (linking kids who are new to the area with old timers, for art and conversation)

Alexandra K. – Friend Link (linking kids who aren’t integrated into teams with kids on teams for art and conversation)

Scarlett K (MS) – Friend Link (linking kids with special needs with BPF playgroups)

Alexandra L – Secretary and News (Noggins in the Newsroom Program)

Keira B – Shared Themes (kid created art themes that are shared by all BPF global groups)

Charlie L –  Change Bakers (kids who throw dinner party fundraisers for a list of causes)

Trey G – Manages kids who knit and loom hats (Knit Wits Program)

William W – Playgroups (groups of kids who meet regularly to work on BPF art projects)

Barrett R – Grant Writing

Joey M – Photography, Promo Videos, and BPF Benefits

Lucca C – Advertising

Sophie M – BPF TV Anchor

Sasha S – Social Media

Catherine W – Works on projects to empower local and global girls.  She also works on projects to encourage progressive thinking about gender equality, among all

Carina RM – Keeps a list of kids who speak more than one language, fluently, and who would be willing to partner with a new child to the district.  These kids may also be asked (but not required) to translate at special events, if necessary.



Most active contributors, over the course of the last year…


Albania (30+ kids)

Brazil (1 student)

China (30+ kids)

England (performances, in which 100+ kids have been represented)

Egypt (2 kids – NCAIS might join us)

India (60+ kids)

Iraq (6 kids)

Italy (a school contributed a heart mural… # of kids unknown….  We have a new trustee, as of last weekend, who has already contacted two schools, there)

Jordan (20+ kids)

Peru (a student in the US is trying to involve her former Peruvian elementary school)

Spain (2 kids)

United States (around 800 kids participated over the last year)





April 27, 2018

Dear Mr. Howard,

I have started this letter to you ten times over the last many months.  I know you’re bombarded with requests. Hopefully, this one will speak to your heartstrings. For this request, you do not need to be present, nor are there financial commitments.  Please consider sending a pre-recorded video, offering an Imagine Entertainment commendation to high school student and Big Picture Foundation member, Joey Montalto.  Joey uses movie-making for the betterment of the world.  My goal is to give Joey an award that will help nurture the start of his movie-making career, in order to thank him for all he has contributed to the nonprofit.  Our awards ceremony, in the first week of June, will honor young humanitarians.  Please consider sending us a prerecorded video.

In addition to being a budding filmmaker, Joey happens to be thoughtful, humble, kind, quiet, responsible, and someone with whom it’s easy to collaborate.  Currently, he is working on a major Big Picture Foundation project that will make an impact on the emotional well-being of children in 18 countries, including kids living in war zones, refugee camps, slum areas, and places that have been destroyed by natural disasters.

The Project…

Big Picture Foundation has the temporary rights for our global groups of kids to make “We Are the World” videos.  Joey has volunteered to take all the videos, as they roll-in over the next few weeks, and create one final video that will include parts from every group.  Hopefully, we will post the final version on the Big Picture Foundation website on May 31st.

We’re expecting video submissions from kids’ groups from 10-15 countries.  Over the past year, our members have come from 18 countries and range from rich to poor. Most of the kids abroad live in war zones, refugee camps, slum areas, or places that have been destroyed by hurricanes.  This is such an important project for the kids to be able to see each other and speak to each other through music.

Last summer, the summer between Joey’s eighth grade and freshman year, he made his first video for Big Picture Foundation.  Please click on the big BPF logo on our website to see the video (https://bigpicturefoundation.org).  Upon first look, you won’t understand why it counts as global community service, but it does.  BPF kids make up themes. We give every child’s theme a webpage. Then, kids from all our global BPF locations submit art to populate Shared Theme galleries.  Joey’s video fit the theme, “All about Me” theme.

Last year, our presenters included leaders in diplomacy, in education, and in the arts (please see attached examples:  commendations were given by Metropolitan Museum Education Director, Sandra Jackson-Dumont and by Greenwich Media Strategies CEO, Hagar Hajjar Chemali, who was also the former head of Syria and Lebanon for the National Security Council, as well as former Speaker for the Treasury.  Commendations were also given by United Nations Association Executive Director, Ann Nicol, and by several others).



Where have you and I met?…

We first met around 20 years ago, when I was 24 years old.  You spent 2 or 3 hours speaking to my students in the office of the headmistress, at Greenwich Academy.  The kids and I were all blown away by your kindness and animated stories about growing up in the limelight.  

A few years ago, I started Big Picture Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers children from a range of circumstances to use all forms of the arts for local, national, and global community service.  We started in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and developed into a global organization.  Big Picture Foundation also empowers kids to use the arts to break down racism, and to build understanding and friendships among kids from different backgrounds. Our members come from 18 countries and from a range of religious, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

Best Wishes,


Kim Tamalonis
Executive Director
Big Picture Foundation
369 Round Hill Road
Greenwich, CT 06831

url: https://bigpicturefoundation.org
To Submit: submissions@bigpicturefoundation.org

To Unsubscribe: submissions@bigpicturefoundation.org, with “unsubscribe” in the subject field.  




Dear Potential “We are the World” Collaborator,

You are invited to create a video of your kids singing, “We are the World,” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.  We have permission from their music companies for 15 groups of kids to make videos and post videos on our website.  Finished videos must be submitted by April 30th.  All 15 videos will be posted on the Big Picture Foundation web and social media sites.  Ultimately, we will post a 16th and final mashup video that merges parts from each group.

We have groups participating from Nepal (2 groups), Peru, China, India, Iraq, Italy, South Africa, Russia, and the United States (3 groups, including groups in Colorado, New York, and Puerto Rico).  It’s a fun project for participants, and when it comes together, the project will send a powerful message to all citizens of the world.

We’re flexible about how the videos are made. Our small group of Big Picture Foundation kids in Iraq will only sing part of the song.  In China, the kids’ video will be made by filming a teacher singing the song with kids in a music class. In some places, groups of kids will sing the refrain, and then individual kids will sing solo parts.

This YouTube link might help kids learn the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYJKBnGZnMA

This document explains the terms of the project:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bAIAQjBbGN2qvN-5kmJhM2mmxf5v1Ik7qJdcEmr5hYs/edit?usp=sharing

This is an example of kids singing the song:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KAnJMSCk1xXDBT0in6IwbOVR1LNJLt_a/view?usp=sharing

This is a link to the lyrics:  http://www.lyricsfreak.com/u/usa+for+africa/we+are+the+world_20347936.html


Please help us with our endeavor to send the world a powerful message of peace and unity to kids, far and wide.


Thank you so much for considering this request!






Kim Tamalonis

Executive Director

Big Picture Foundation

369 Round Hill Road

Greenwich, CT 06831

url: https://bigpicturefoundation.org