Friday, June 22, 2018

ramp it up entertainment launches International Music Artist Development division.


We work with music artists of all ages, genres and performance levels to define and refine their brand. We start with an Artist Assessment that provides us with an incredible amount of information and helps to clearly identify a path that can help music artists succeed. We act as the music artist's personal trainer, often acting as the artist's manager. We connect music artists to songwriters, producers, recording studios, mix engineers, booking agents, record labels, publishers, distributors and brand/potential sponsors.  

The path often includes:
  • Creating new website or refining existing website
  • Introducing the importance of 360 marketing/promotions
  • How to: engage with fans and create/manage fan clubs
  • Creating an EPK and other marketing materials
  • Designing new logo or refining existing logo
  • Designing, pricing and manufacturing merchandise
  • Managing social media platforms - what to post, when to post, why to post, like, comment and share and who to connect with
  • Managing YouTube channel, producing video content for YouTube, monitizing artist's YouTube channel
  • Consulting with make-up, hair and wardrobe stylist (s)
  • Managing still photo shoots
  • Producing music videos: performance and lyric
  • Producing behind the scenes video content
  • Consulting on song selection - mix of covers and originals
  • Consulting on show creative direction
  • Consulting on refining stage presence skills
  • How to: book gigs and best practices for optimum gig production
  • Refining artist's on camera and behind the mic interview skills
  • Planning, producing the artist's launch event.

Dennis Gelbaum, CEO, ramp it up entertainment, is proud to be a
 judge/mentor for the Dream Night Talent Search,
featuring two days of auditions, workshops and competition. 
Winners receive cash prizes and music more! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

65&Older - New Multimedia Project Launched by Ramp It Up Entertainment.

International award winning Producer, Director, Author and Inventor Dennis Gelbaum launches a new multimedia project to give those 65&Older a Voice! 

65&Older is a multimedia interactive project. Dennis will be interviewing 1500 65+ year old individuals (and their families, significant others, friends...) to learn about the paths their lives have taken and how they will be/are dealing with getting older. 

The multi-year project will include a book with photographs, illustrations and short stories, video from each interview, a documentary film and broadcast series, a website and social media platforms to connect with others through similar passions and interests. 

Why this is a significant and an important project?
Seniors matter and they have plenty to contribute to our everyday lives. Sharing their wisdom, experiences, mentoring and influencing others, all priceless. 

Think about this: 
There are now more Americans age 65&Older than at any other time in U.S. history. The numbers are staggering. And how we (those under 65) interact with our senior citizens, could very will determine our future. 

47.8 million! 
As of July 1, 2015, there were approximately 47.8 million senior citizens - 65&Older - in the United States. This group accounted for 14.9% of the total population. The 65&Older population grew 1.6 million from 2014. 

98.2 million
The projected population of those 65&Older will be 98.2 million by 2060. People in this age group will comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents. Of this number, 19.7 million will be age 85 or older.

According to recent data, there are approximately 901 million people worldwide who are 60 and over. By 2050, that number will reach 2.1 billion people, or 21.5 percent of the global population. Global AgeWatch Index recently ranked the top 10 places for older adults live. They are Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Iceland, Japan, United States and the United Kingdom.  We, the US, have got to do better! 

Dennis adds, 
“After doing everything I could do to avoid this, I finally gave in. i joined the 65&Older group on March 31st, 2018! i now look forward to having the time to enjoy my “retirement”. (I’m only working 10 hours a day.) But this time off gives me time to reflect, think about where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished, what I could have or should have done differently, my legacy. 

And now I have plenty of time to WORRY! 

I worry about my parents, my wife, my kids, my kid’s kids, my sister, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, friends, my dog too, ending up alone, being a burden to others, having enough money. 

I worry about my thinning hair, my hearing - will I need a hearing aid, my eyesight - will I be able to keep driving, will I lose my teeth, will I be able to walk on my own? 

I worry about being alone, not being in love, not holding someone’s hand. I worry about never being kissed again! 

I worry about having to pee - a lot. And having to always know where a bathroom is, will I end up wearing an adult diaper? 

I worry about losing my memory and if I’ll forget everything...everything I’ve been worrying about. What will I forget, what will I remember?

And I worry about our country and the entire planet. Are we doing enough to help each other and work together to make this planet a safe, happy and healthy place to live - for generations to come?

I worry a lot! Maybe I worry too much?

I'm amazed by some of the 65&Older folks I have been meeting. Many have enjoyed incredible lives, accomplished so many wonderful things, contributed in ways that I only could have dreamed of. And the one common thread I keep hearing over and over again is have I done enough, could I have done more, will anyone miss me when I'm gone? Some of them asked if I knew of a good piano teacher, place to get their bicycle repaired, could I recommend a good book, red wine, a movie or if I have tried one of the new restaurants in town? And, there have been those who asked if I knew of an honest financial advisor, a good doctor, the best place to retire, the best place for assisted living?" 

A history lesson: 
After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. Every president since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation changing the name of this observance to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate the age 65 and older population through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

65&Older will engage, motivate and inspire us to celebrate Senior Citizen Day EVERY DAY! 

if you would like to share your story, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Friday, May 18, 2018

Live From The Ozarks Amphitheater, It's The 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search!

Wendy Klein Kay, Utopia Artists, Mars Talent and the Ozarks Amphitheater Present the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search. Live auditions and competition start Friday, July 20th. Main "Live Concert" event is on Saturday, July 21, Doors 6PM, Show 7PM-10PM.

Dennis Gelbaum, (CEO of ramp it up entertainment) will be one of the judges and will be working with the artists on defining and refining their brand, website, logo, merchandise  fan club, social media platforms, stage presence, songwriting, song production, youtube, booking gigs and more. Breakout sessions will also include "How To Connect To And Attract Brand Sponsorships".

"My first experience as a Dream Night Talent Search judge was at the 2018 Texas Dream Night Talent Search on May 5th & 6th at the amazing Texan Theater in Greenville, TX.  I worked with some incredible judges, met some awesome music artists, enjoyed inspiring performances and learned so much from everyone who participated. I am so excited that I have been invited to participate at the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search in Camdenton, MO. If you are ready to take your music career to the next level, join us, perform, compete and BLAST OFF! Your journey, your success, helping to make your dreams come true - that's what the Dream Night Talent Search is all about." 

What is Dream Night Talent Search?
Dream Night Talent Search, is a premiere opportunity for emerging music artists to showcase their unique skills in front of top industry professionals. Our main focus is on providing participants with two full days of mentoring by our team.

There are three age categories - 9-17, 18-29, 30+. The winner from each age* category will receive a $500 cash prize, with the overall winner receiving an additional $500 AND an opportunity to audition for the producers of The Voice, American Idol, America's Got Talent, Little Big Shots, Senior Big Shots and more. The overall winner also receives a video of his or her live performance and extensive online and offline media coverage. There will be many other prizes donated by our participating sponsors. *Depending on the number of contestants and their ages, the age categories are subject to change.

You must register at  Click HERE To Register  and click on Missouri or at  Click HERE To Register to enter the contest. You may enter one  or two music video(s) to be judged and rated by fans. Acceptable music videos include simple raw footage of artist performing or more elaborate music videos. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND at least one of the videos showcasing a live performance. In addition, every music artist must upload a personal video, to give fans and industry professionals a better perspective of the artist behind the music. Music fans and industry professionals select the top 60 rated artists. The sooner you post your videos the sooner our industry professionals get to see you. There is no cost to register. There is a $5 enrollment fee, which will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Click on Register, upload videos, wait for acceptance email then click on enroll in Missouri.  

Please note: If you miss the Online Registration deadline follow us on Facebook  HERE for up to date enrollment extensions or an invite to participate in a "live" audition on Friday, July 20th. 

Day 2 (Saturday, July 21, 12PM-4PM) Performances and mentoring sessions continue - all day! 
The top 20-30 artists (making it through the Online Phase and the live auditions) will perform in front of our judges and a live audience at the Ozark Amphitheater. Concert is 7PM-10PM.  Each artist must be prepared to sing three additional songs. Our Judges will announce the top music artists for each of the three age categories and our Grand Prize winner. 

Tickets will go on sale soon. Click HERE For Tickets.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Behind The Scenes With Jamaican Recording Artist Jah Vinci!

Behind The Scenes with Jamaican Recording Artist Jah Vinci 
working on his new single, "Satidra". 
LuLu Beatz, from Portland, OR, 
will be adding vocals for the duet version 
as well as recording her solo version of "Satidra" 
in English, Spanish and Italian.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dennis Gelbaum Featured in VoyageDallas

January 24th, 2018
Today we’d like to introduce you to 
Dennis Gelbaum.
Don’t just make noise – ramp it up! That basically sums up my life. Everything I have ever done has been loud – nothing subtle about me or what I do. (I’m a New Yorker – born and raised in The Bronx! Moved to Plano, July 2013.)
I have two favorite quotes:
“Those who tell stories shape society” Plato
“When you have the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!” Lee Ann Womack

Every neighborhood in Dallas has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From Deep Ellum to Arlington (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call Dallas home. 

We started Voyage Media in Los Angeles, with our flagship publication VoyagerLA. After generating our first million page views in LA we knew our content was resonating with the community.
We’ve since grown to Dallas and a handful of other amazing cities with the help of an amazing network of friends, associates, local insiders and influencers, PR firms, local bloggers, artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and other professionals.


Our small team of 40 has been working hard to create a new type of media for our community. As you browse through our stories you’ll notice that many of our interviews aren’t as polished as you’ll find elsewhere in the media. That’s intentional – we believe that far too many in the media filter, edit, and polish away the personality of interviewees and as a result so much of what we see in the media feels like it’s coming from the same person, the same voice, etc.  We think it’s important for media to more authentically represent the communities they serve and so we try to ensure that voices of those we feature jump off the page.
We also think artists rock.  We love small businesses, mom-n-pops, and hole-in-the-walls. We’re not snobs, but we aren’t fond of most chains.  We think independent entrepreneurs, freelancers and other risk takers make our cities exciting to live in.  We cherish the rebel spirit, we don’t think just a handful of large corporations should control all of our commerce and we think smores with vegan marshmallows are better than normal marshmallows. We respect people and organizations that take the path less traveled.  We root for the underdogs and we almost never say no to pizza.
Accordingly our mission is build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make our city interesting.  We want to change the way people spend their money – rather than spending it with the big, cookie-cutter corporations we want them to spend their money with the independent, creative, local entrepreneurs, small businesses and artists.
And finally, we want the stories we share to help give our big city a little bit of that small town community charm, where people know each other and their stories at a deeper, more personal level.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rapid Fire Artist Program at Septien Entertainment Group

"A week with Linda Septien, Dennis Gelbaum and the incredible team at Septien Entertainment Group." 
by Dana Hesse

This was an intensive week by all measures. We had very high expectations coming from Los Angeles. We never expected to have those expectations exceeded in every category. When you sign up for the Rapid Fire Program at Septien Entertainment Group, be prepared to work during this week. You will work, you will work hard and then you will do homework. This isn’t a week for the weak. 

The fabulous vocal instruction will take you into depths about your vocals that you have not been taught before, guaranteed. Breaking down the strengths and challenges. You are given instruction and “tools” to make your strengths stronger and to improve your challenges. 

If you are taking piano and songwriting be prepared to be amazed. The Piano instruction will build on your knowledge from classical to the nuances of any genre you can imagine and provide alternatives in your playing and writing that fill the music with an intensity you may have not explored, “the Wake-up Moments”. 

Songwriting goes beyond the VCVCBVC, they put it to a track and out the door you go. They teach you about songwriting production, how to produce an artist, not just a singer. Real musicians that can play every instrument and can sing guiding you with precision on songwriting elements to create a great arrangement with intention. 

Stage presence is taught from focus, your focus. “Where are your eyes?” Stage presence training is a precise science (a Septience) that will build on your confidence and give you greater arsenal to draw from to command the stage, to engage the audience. “Performing with Focus". 

Dennis Gelbaum, the new COO/CMO, is a wealth of information. His knowledge on all things social media and the strategies that he will provide to you to succeed are seriously priceless. He talks to you not from a corporate position but from one that truly cares for your development. 

The Social Media and branding component of this intensive week is beyond amazing. Dennis will help you understand and define your audience and he covers what defining and refining a brand means. He  help you with the consistent messaging and the importance of delivering that message across all platforms. You will learn more than you know today about Social Media and will learn how to execute. Which changes daily and has changed since I wrote this testimonial. The one thing you can count on is The Septien Group knows social media and is on top of this ever-changing landscape. 

Linda Septien is incredible. Her enthusiasm, kindness, knowledge, energy, drive and her complete honesty is an unusual trait found in this industry.  

There are so many components of being an artist that you explore in the Rapid Fire Artist Week. This was the best week of training in all the years of training our daughter has received. What you will walk away with is knowledge and knowledge is power. You will know your strengths and challenges. The truths will be revealed. This is an incredible program that will provide you with a blueprint to take you to the next level of your development."

Saturday, August 6, 2016

On Monday, August 1st, I started a new chapter in my life. I have joined Septien Entertainment Group as their COO/CMO. 

SEG (founded in 1986 by Linda Septien, the "Kingpin of Pop Talent) is the #1 performing artist/voice talent development company in the US. 
This year, SEG students (and our talent coaches) have played in more than 1000 gigs and SEG had more Grammy nominees than any major record label. 

We not only train and develop talent - more that 15000 students in 25+ years, we also book our talent worldwide for tours, festivals, fairs, private, fundraising and corporate events, and more. 

I'm focusing on refining Septien’s business operations to maximize efficiency, identifying industry trends, new revenue streams and increasing market share and profitability. 

I'm also focused on brand performance, social innovation and inbound digital marketing - promoting Septien’s artists and programs, (websites. multimedia content, branded merchandise, Ecommerce), creating unique partnerships and developing and implementing marketing, promotional, global event programs and managing media relations efforts.
CLICK HERE for more information about Septien Entertainment Group