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ENTATY Productions was founded by Demetrius Brown, a native of South East Washington D.C. He discovered a love for music, poetry, artistic expression at an early age in life, playing drums in the junior high school band as well as being a member of the concert choir. He was accepted to the world renowned Duke Ellington High School of the Arts, where he honed his skills in music theory and as a vocalist. During that time, he also garnered local fame by joining a singing group called “Yunek”, where he performed at various venues such as Orioles Stadium, Great Adventure theme Park and venues across the Mid-Atlantic. After attending the University of the District of Columbia for two years for music education, he decided to venture out and start a music label, Maximum Level Entertainment, along side like minded partners.
That partnership, with emcee and business partner HALA, fostered into a HIP Hop group XL. The duo would go on to write, produce and perform original material and expose local talent to industry professionals through networking events, talent showcases and concerts. Through performances around the city, they connected with Multi-Platinum Producer, Chucky Thompson, signing on to his label Black Diamond Entertainment.
He also had a desire to “give back” to the community and the people who employed him, trusted him with their youth and gave him a chance to practice his gift. Through employment in youth development, he mastered the concepts of self-proficiency and barrier removal. He discovered that arts and the humanities have been stripped from the general
education curriculum in many schools. He nurtured ENTATY
Productions as a way to weave artistic expression into the
fabric of youth development and overall improved
and self-esteem through expression and
continued mastery of one’s craft.
ENTATY Productions founder Demetrius Brown has worked in the performance arts and music industry for over ten years, producing, writing and arranging for local artist . As an artist himself, Demetrius has performed in front of thousands of attendants in various venues around the country opening up for such artist as: LL Cool J, DMX, Xzibit, Tank, Music Soulchild, Cassidy etc. Demetrius is familiar with the rigors of work ethics and the necessary performance endurance.
For youth who are interested in engaging in the music industry, Mr. Brown has established and maintained solid connections to the professionals in the music business and the people who can provide pathways and opportunities to enrolled youth.
ENTATY Productions is designed to engage, instruct, and, guide young aspiring artists in the desired field of arts and humanities. The skilled knowledgeable instructors teach interested youth in the areas of music, production, and music industry business components.
ENTATY staff also engage youth in local performing artists, successful known artists, and local artistic events that expose youth to the much needed field of expression.
Youth are also instructed on the necessary skills of the craft that enable them to be successful outside the studio, like Life Skills, time management, budget management, etc. These wise practices are the foundation to professional and personal success.
ENTATY serves youth who primarily meet the following demographics.
71% of enrolled youth were high school drop-outs
80% of ENTATY’s drop-out received a GED and enrolled in higher education or obtained employment
71% of enrolled youth were teen-parents
0% increased child birth during enrollment
100% enrolled youth are either engaged or currently actively in the music industry or creative arts.
57% were drug users or involved in drug revenue
60% of drug involved youth are no longer actively engaged in use or sales.
49% are adjudicated youth
5% recidivism rate
(in the music industry)
ENTATY Productions Program ServicesAs a direct result of the detailed and diligent instruction offered at ENTATY, the following services are implemented to ensure successful development of enrolled youth. These services are offered as assistance to our partners, as ENTATY is primarily an arts and music program.
The Seven Tions of Success
PARTNERSDepartment of Youth Rehabilitation Services DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership Frederick Douglas Community Center Parklands Community Center Petey Greene United Planning Organization Sasha Bruce YouthworkWheeler Creek Community Center Grammy FoundationsDuke Ellington School of the Arts