Roy Ayers Project.com: One Year Later

Today, February 15th, marks a pretty important and meaningful date for the Roy Ayers Project. For those of you that remembered our earlier stages, we had a site before this one which you see before you, but it was simply a site that gave the basic information about the Roy Ayers Project and our objective, which is what you see on our page. It was exactly one year ago today that we launched the site that you see in front of you royayersproject.com. (If you are in to backwards time travel, you can visit our old site for a limited time .)

As I revisit my initial vision for royayersproject.com which I had over a year ago, I can say with great pride that the site has served the exact purpose that I set out for it to do, and in many ways it has exceeded my expectations. The original intention of the site was to create a home for everything involving Roy Ayers, as well as music that he has influenced, artists that he has touched, and his contemporaries. As our Project Advisor Charles Brack concisely said, “6 degrees of separation of Roy Ayers. It would serve as a constant throughout the project while the actual documentary is being prepared. To date, royayersproject.com has not only given us a platform to spread the word about this great project, it has functioned as an educational tool for avid Roy Ayers fans, as well as people who are hearing about Roy Ayers for the first time. The site has also given a place for dozens of producers around the world to showcase their work while paying homage to Roy Ayers, as well as many others who have submitted their music to us. One year in, royayersproject.com has seen visits from 161 countries, proving Roy Ayers’ international appeal.

During the site’s first few months, I would post things that I felt were aligned with the Roy Ayers Project, write a few sentences, and post it on the site. As the site begin to gain more views and interest, Charles, who has g

iven great advise on ways to improve the site, encouraged the content to go a bit deeper. With that being said, I decided that every post would involve a more analytical, more critical view of whatever subject I would be writing on, so that eventually developed into the numerous essays which you see on a weekly basis. Along the way, we picked up some great writers to help contribute to royayersproject.com. The writer who deserves the biggest amount of gratitude is Paul Pennington, who has given exceptional content to the site on a regular basis. Some of the other people who have given their time and effort include Troy Bundridge, Hayling Price, Iman Williams, and Inna Smith.

Looking forward to royayersproject.com, you could expect to see our writing team grow, as more qualified applicants show interest. We are always looking for potential writers, and if you or someone you know might be interested, please contact us. You might also see some changes in the look of the site when the documentary enters the stages of completion and we are ready to present, but that may be a ways off. Last but not least, and probably most important, we would like to make a small announcement. We are building a proverbial house for the Roy Ayers Project to live in, and the name is one that you may have seen or heard. The name is 70/30. You will see and hear more about 70/30 in the coming weeks and months as it becomes ready to present, but consider this a formal introduction to everyone who working on the Roy Ayers Project as the 70/30 crew, while the site is a reflection of the mission statement of 70/30, which is to preserve, present, and document music and culture created by people of color

In closing, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to royayersproject.com, and thank you to you, the reader. Without our readers and contributers, our beautiful site would not be what it is today.


(Director of the Roy Ayers Project & 70/30)

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