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Detroit, MI (PRWEB) August 30, 2003

The Motown Alumni Association has converted it’s for-profit company to a nonprofit corporation. “The company that started in 1995 is a very different company today,” said Billy Wilson, founder of the Motown Alumni Association. “We need to step up, and produce programs that reflect our love for communities, families, and Motown music.”

The organization that started as a labor of love based around Wilson’s close friendship with Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas), has become a force to be dealt with, in that Motown’s alumnus have a free ticket to worldwide publicity through the organizations massive Internet access to the media, and it’s 10,000 membership fan base. Wilson said that the organization is still the only one of it’s kind in the world, and they plan on proving their worth this coming year.

MAA coordinating executive Mary Motley said that the MAA converted to a nonprofit format because the organization needed to generate larger sums of money to create the massive programs planned for 2004.

Motley is referring to the development of the Motown Walk Of Fame, the Paul Williams Music Conference, and the MAA Music Festival that is expected to be created by April of 2004.

Motley said that “The MAA Music Festival is going to be the biggest ‘MotorTown Revue’ that has ever existed.”

Organizers say that over 70 Motown alumnus, artists, past and present will be asked to participate in what is expected to be a 2 day event.

Each artist and or group will sing approximately 2 songs per performance.

The Motown Walk Of Fame is expected to see the light of day too, during the same time of the Music Festival. Over 50 Motown artists is expected to be honored with their own Walk star. Though at the beginning stages, organizers are planning on the Walk being either in front of the new Tigers Baseball Stadium (Commerica Park) or in front of the famed FOX Theater on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, where all of the Motown stars have performed at one time or another.

The Paul Williams Music Conference is the brainchild of the brother of deceased Temptation member Paul Williams; Joe Williams (the youngest brother of Paul) is creating an informative music confernece in honor of his brother. “Paul was a great man, and brother” said Joe, “and I think he should be honored for his greatness.” The conference is expected to draw many of Motowns former producers, writers, and artists.

Planners are vage on where the music forums should take place, but the general consensus is that, organizers want everything to take place at the new Ford Field arena, that was built to house the Detroit Lions football team.

Joe Williams, who lives in Detroit also, works for the Ford Field authorities, and feels that all the events should take place at their facility.

The estimated cost of the proposed events is expected to reach $ 500,000 + says organizers.

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