On December 7, 2013, Charmaine became a mother and gave birth to her first and only child, Xchotil Adelita Martinez. Three days later, at age 32, she passed away from pregnancy related heart complications. Shortly afterward, the RMPA awards were renamed "Charmie Smiles Awards" in Charmaine's honor. It is appropriate and fitting because she represents the best in the human effort and investment that the RMPA tradition has been built on over the past two decades. Like her, we're about people. The RMPA and all of the various organizations that came to pass from it's seed from 1995 to 2016 evolved in to a family tradition and legacy, so while the child that Charmaine left and her spirit still remain, this is a part of her legacy as it is that of the Barrientos family and all those that have contributed or played a part in it's evolution. Whether they handed out a flyer, escorted someone to a table, or mopped a floor. They own a piece of history.
CHARMIE SMILES AWARDS . JOSEPH P. GARCIA AWARDS
THE JOSEPH P. GARCIA - CM NETWORK GOSPEL AWARDS The RMPA has a long established commitment to Christian music and ministry as well as secular artists and music. The Christian Music Network started in 2007 as a common sense ministry mentoring program for beginning Christian music ministry artists to understand the difference between music ministry presentations (E.g., Concert Testimonial vs. Gospel Based Music Ministry) and the applicable operating protocol leading up to, during, and after a scheduled presentation as well as to help them learn to understand and respect the sensitivities and appropriate protocol in dealing with host Pastors, churches, and outreach focused ministry organizations.
This CMN effort has evolved and grown to include regional coordination and collaboration support for Christian or Gospel music ministers, artists, and performers. The Christian Music Network was founded by RMPA Director Angel Barrientos AKA Minsiter Angel Barrientos. As the first opportunities to put the concept to work evolved, Brother Claude Garcia AKA Joseph P. Garcia showed up and brought a love for the Lord, his years of experience in the music world, an indomitable spirit, and a street sense of humor to the newly established La Familia Ministry Denver and began using music as an evangelistic outreach tool at a new level and in a new way on the streets of Denver, Colorado. The rest is a testimony of "WOW moments" and work.
He was later ordained as a Pastor and served until an illness gradually limited his activities and eventually he went home in 2014. The RMPA Christian or Gospel artist, project, and leadership award has been named the Joseph P. Garcia Award in his honor, that the spirit and determination that he always showed in his service be passed on through the awards program.
CHARMIE SMILES For 20 years, the RMPA Colorado artist support mission has run parallel with events produced by the La Familia Entertainment Group (La Familia Denver) and our collaborative partners. From the beginning, the La Familia Denver tradition has involved members of Denver's Barrientos family. During the late 90's and in the early 2000's La Familia events were run by Charlene Barrientos Ortiz, the sister of our current Director and RMPA co-founder. During the early 2000's another generation joined La Familia when Charlene's daughter, Charmaine Ortiz, begin to work La Familia events. She was only 18-years old at the time, but would later take the lead and incorporate her own ideas into the business as she grew to manage and run the events along with extended family and friends that were more like family. By 2014, this had now become a 20-year family tradition with La Familia and the Rocky Mountain Promoters Asociation.
IN THE MIX AND PRESENT FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS - SUPPORTING THE ARTS AND MUSIC COMMUNITY SINCE 1995
RMPA MUSIC AWARDS PROGRAM
RAZA ON THE ROCKS 2000 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER, MORRISON, COLORADO
A NEWSED CORPORATION PRODUCTION - SPECIAL THANKS TO WAR - FLACO JIMENEZ - RUBEN RAMOS - TOBIAS RENE - AL HURRICANE SR. - AL HURRICANE JR. - DANIEL VALDEZ - DR. LOCO - EMILIO EMILIO - JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ - THE MOOD EXPRESS - AND ALL THOSE THAT CONTRIBUTED TO NEWSED'S HISTORIC EVENT
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LEGEND
MR. LENNY WILLIAMS
LATIN KINGS ALL STARS - BUENO MINISTRY
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LEGEND MR. LENNY WILLIAMS - TONY "EL CONGUERO" MENJIVAR - GREG ERRICO - LEE OSKAR - "EL CHICANO" BOBBY ESPINOSA & MS. DOLORES DEANGELO - JORGE SANTANA - AKI STARR - MS. DAWN SILVA - STEVE SALAS - PAUL BENEVIDAZ - RAMIRO AMADOR - LEO ROSALES - FRANKIE B - MIC GILLETTE - DR. LOCO - BOB CRAWFORD - TEX NAKAMURA - DAVE SHUL - RICHARD BEAN - LYDIA PENCE - MANY MORE!
AND GOD'S VALUE FOR PEOPLE AND THE SPIRIT OF UNITY
COMBINED WITH COLLABORATION AND THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY CONTINUES ... THE RMPA SPIRIT LIVES ON ... IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE!
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RMPA DIRECTOR OF ARTIST PROJECTS/CO-FOUNDER - TERRY MINGGIA
EVENT OPERATIONS - DESIREE FLORES
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MINISTRY ADVISOR - PASTOR MICHAEL MEASTAS
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VENTURA BEACH, CALIFORNIA 2002 - 2005 - SPECIAL THANKS TO LIOF VENTURA - BUENO THE BAND - PETE "POPS" ESCOVEDO - SHEILA E MS. LYNN MABRY - LITTLE WILLIE G - MARILYN MCCOO AND BILLY DAVIS JR. - COLOUR OF LOVE - PRAISE AVENUE - JORGE SANTANA - ARCELIO GARCIA OF MALO PASTOR STEVE PINEDA - PASTOR GEORGE KAYAJANAIN AND MEN OF PROMISE - PASTOR SONNY AND LINDA LARA - PASTOR RAY CHAVEZ - PASTOR ROY DELEGARZA - PASTOR KEN JOHNSON - TRACIE OGANDO - YOUNG WARRIORS - 2ND CHANCE - ERNIE TOWLER - PRAISE AVENUE - PUCHI COLON - AND MANY OTHERS
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HOPEFEST CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Rocky Mountain Promoters Association (RMPA) is a Denver based non-profit cooperative comprised of artists, promoters, producers, community minded business entrepreneurs, and faith and community based outreach organizations. The RMPA was established in 1995 through the efforts of Azteca Productions (Angel Barrientos/John Hernandez) and Minggia Entertainment (Terry Minggia). Initially the effort was approached as merely a "good times " project, however, when it's potential and value to the community became evident ... the learning journey began. A covenant agreement was made and a subsequent series of events were produced in support of Denver's arts community based on a cross community collaborative vision.
2017 MISSION STATEMENT
In 2017 and beyond, the RMPA will seek to establish the resources and funding to restructure and implement the RMPA Awards as an annual awards gala. This goal represents an expansion from the renewed awards effort started in 2014 and will be built on the original artist award foundation started in 1995. The awards program will maintain a focus on music awards, but also be expanded to the recognition of organizations, community leaders, and individuals making significant contributions to youth programs and community related issues. The awards program will include the CHARMIE SMILES MUSIC AND COMMUNITY AWARDS and be expanded to include the JOSEPH P. GARCIA AWARD for gospel artists, music ministry, and the regional faith based outreach community including faith based community leadership for community work and accomplishments. The RMPA maintains a commitment to both Secular and Christian/Gospel music and artists. The award's namesake, Pastor Joseph "Claude" Garcia, was a veteran musician and part of Denver's Latin music history as well as a Christian outreach Pastor. The award is designated in honor of his dedication and service in music ministry and outreach service. the RMPA will continue work to improve its mission to support Rocky Mountain Region artists and the performing arts through providing organization and structure building booking assistance, marketing support, and periodic performance opportunities.
The effort grew and took on a life of it's own. It took on a more specific focus on arts and community involvement and came to embrace all of Denver's demographic groups and arts and entertainment across the board. For two years the collaborative went on to produce a small scale series of events that yielded good results. The events served to celebrate, promote, and create awareness for Denver artists in various areas of music as well as comedians, dance groups, etc. In addition, the group started an awards program that was designed to recognize, celebrate, and show appreciation for the contributions made by local artists in Metro Denver and the Colorado Front Range. The awards are now called the CHARMIE SMILES AWARDS.
INTRODUCING THE RMPA - CELEBRATING 22 YEARS IN 2017
WELCOME TO THE OLD SCHOOL CAFE!™ AND THE NEW SCHOOL OF PEOPLE DRIVEN INNOVATION ... IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE!
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In 2017, the RMPA will seek to further position itself to serve as a vehicle to use entertainment and collaborative projects for fundraising in support of community focused organizations and efforts. This will include the establishment of a community support organization called the Community Giving Initiative (CGI). The CGI will recieve revenue from RMPA fundraising events and projects and will provide community outreach project grants
The CGI will employ a process that incorporates a team of faith based and community leaders called GRANT TRUSTEES. Their job will be to accept, evaluate, and determine grant requests from community outreach organizations and ministries that conduct prevention outreach in at risk issue areas involving Colorado Front Range community youth and adults. They will specifically target grant award consideration to those faith based organizations, ministries, and non-faith based organizations that have a proven track record for effectively assisting at risk community members, but whose projects lack funding or are underfunded, or who have been subject to unrelated agendas or political influenced financial leverage. Our goal is to establish a consistent and viable method of community generated "no strings attached" financial support that will help to maximize the ability of community outreach groups without the compromise or the manipulation; but with the freedom to produce their projects through independent grass roots project funding assistance. Oversight and accountability for this effort is through La Familia Ministries and the CGI Advisory Committee.
MISSION I ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMUNITY GIVING INITIATIVE (CGI)
MISSION I RESTRUCTURE AND IMPLEMENT THE RMPA ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY AWARDS PROGRAM
The RMPA is a diverse organization that has produced and operated in both the Secular and Christian areas of music for fifteen of it's twenty year history. Though we've reached the 21-year benchmark; because we are community driven, we still have much work to do on an ongoing journey. Accordingly, the RMPA's history is defined by the people that came together, joined, and/or collaborated on many projects as time went on. They did so because of a mutually strong and evolving community vision. Our network has been consistently active in the area of event and festival production and promotions; but more importantly, as community contributors for the past 25 years. Our projects have never been limited to a commercial for profit purpose or vision. Rather, they have included neighborhood outreaches to feed and minister to people in neighborhood parks from Colorado, to California, and Arizona. Prevention education for at risk members of communities has been a priority through prevention education presentations in high schools, colleges, and alternative schools from Colorado to California. Our RMPA leadership were at the forefront of developing and using commercial marketing and advertising strategies applied to music festivals and outdoor events for community outreach to at risk members of communities on football fields in Colorado, to the shores of Ventura Beach in Ventura, CA, to a baseball stadium in the Central Valley of California. It is now a tradition and a mandate that these type of community and people projects are included as part of what the RMPA does. This sets us apart from many others. We don't compromise community loyalty and respect or community integrity. It is our first consideration in decision making. For us, finance is first a means to an end that sees people helped in times of challenge. WE'RE OLD SCHOOL.
THE RMPA STORY
The RMPA has strategically paved the road to successfully use music and entertainment events on a "Value for Value" basis for fundraising in support of RMPA programming and community outreach efforts. In 2017 the RMPA will conduct a fund drive through various means including producing fundraising projects and entertainment events, internet fundraising, and social media outreach.
MISSION I 2017 PROGRAMMING AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE FUNDRAISING DRIVE
Later when the founders expanded and diversified into individual pursuits in areas of music and entertainment in other cities throughout the Southwestern United States, the fruits and experience of those early RMPA efforts were rooted in - and reflected - the spirit and foundational vision of what was carried forward from the RMPA to other collaborative projects. This enabled many opportunities over the years that followed such as a production support role for one of the RMPA founders in an historic event that was produced by a well known community leader in Denver Colorado, NEWSED CEO Veronica Barela and a NEWSED Director at the time, Mr. Leroy Lemos. The event was produced in Morrison, Colorado in 2000 and called "RAZA ON THE ROCKS", the October '05 "FRESNO MARCH FOR PEACE" with Pastor George Kayajanian /Men of Promise - Fresno, CA., and the "HOPEFEST CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL" series produced on Ventura Beach in Ventura, CA. There have been many more projects and collaborative efforts since 1995 where the testimony and spirit that grew from RMPA collaborative efforts & history have blessed tens of thousands of people from all walks of life in many ways, according to many needs. This has been accomplished through an established bridge from secular entertainment to outreach ministry.
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The RMPA was established 1995 in support of Denver music, artists, and the Denver arts community.
"As each has received a gift, minister it one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God"
In 2018, our primary mission has become to operate as an independent Colorado non-profit corporation and an event producer focusing on event organization and fundraising work in support of community outreach efforts by churches, outreach ministries and community based organizations.
However, we continue to support Denver music, artists and the Denver arts community through our continued efforts in producing events that provide artists with performance and promotional opportunities and assistance.
The Rocky Mountain Promoters Association (RMPA) is an independent Colorado Non-profit Corporation and support organization under reorganization as of October 1, 2017.