Who We Are

We believe that youth can move the world!

The aim of the Build a Better World Foundation is to support youth in this noble endeavor through music and the arts by sponsoring charity concerts and events. Donations to the Build a Better World Foundation go directly to the production of  musical events, which not only nurture talent and leadership skills in the participating youth, but raise funds and awareness for existing charitable organizations and projects.

The Build a Better World Foundation believes that the pillars of the better world we all seek to create are education, social justice, natural health, sustainability, science and the arts. The proceeds from each of our events benefit worthwhile causes in these categories. Previous events have raised money for the Mona Foundation, Lide, the Earth Citizen Organization, Oceti Wakan, Full Circle Learning, and the Star School.

Build a Better World Foundation events also provide a platform for kids, teens, and students to find their voice, showcase their talent, and develop leadership skills as they participate in organizing and performing in productions.

By supporting or attending one of our events, you are multiplying the impact of your contribution, empowering the next generation, and building a better world for them to inherit. 

The Inspiration

About Russ and Gina Garcia

Russell wrote his auto-biography before he passed away at age 95 in New Zealand, on 20 Nov 2011.  Russell was a world renowned composer-arranger-conductor who has written music for over 100 films.  He is known for his innovative music score for the film “Time Machine”.  Garcia is also known in both the TV and recording fields and has composed music for countless TV shows such as, Rawhide, Twilight Zone, Laredo, and The Virginian.  He has recorded many CDs  in his own right, with stars such as, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Vic Damone, Judy Garland, Oscar Peterson, Julie London, to name a few.  Garcia has also written 2 best-selling text books The Professional Arranger-Composer “ Book I and Book II, which have been translated into 6 languages.  He is known for his symphonic and classical works, which have been performed by the New Zealand Symphony, Munich Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, plus countless Radio Symphony Orchestras throughout Europe.  He was often a guest lecturer at many universities around the world on Symphonic Composition Techniques.  Russell and his wife Gina made New Zealand their home in 1971 while continuing to work in the Music and Film Industry.  He was awarded the Queens Service Medal for his service to music in 2009.

Gina is a singer, lyricist and author who has written many scripts for shows she and husband Russell Garcia have produced around the world.  She wrote the Libretto for the opera “The Unquenchable Flame” with Russell composing the music.   Her book, “The Adventures of Dawn-Breaker”, chronicles a six year sailboat journey with Russell, cruising the South Pacific aboard their 41’ Trimaran.  Together, Gina and Russell have produced CDs such as, “Light Up The World With Love”, “Dawn Of A New Day”, “Sweet Scented Streams”, etc.  The Garcias developed a “Life Skills” Course which is an entertaining way to teach virtues to children using songs, raps, stories and games, and is being used in schools in many countries around the world.  They have taught their program for some 39 years at schools in New Zealand.  In April 2009, Gina  was awarded the Queen’s Service medal for her service to music.

Meet the Team

The people who make our work possible

Gina Garcia

Gina Garcia is a singer, lyricist and author who has written many scripts for shows she and husband Russell Garcia have produced around the world.  She wrote the Libretto for the musical “The Unquenchable Flame” with Russell composing the music.   Her book, “The Adventures of Dawn-Breaker”, chronicles a six year sailboat journey with Russell, cruising the South Pacific aboard their 41’ Trimaran.  Together, Gina and Russell have produced CDs such as, “Light Up The World With Love”, “Dawn Of A New Day”, “Sweet Scented Streams”.  The Garcia’s also developed a “Life Skills” Course which is an entertaining way to teach virtues to children using songs, raps, stories and games, and is being used in schools in many countries around the world.  They have taught their program for some 39 years at schools in New Zealand.  In April 2009, Gina was awarded the Queen’s Service medal for her service to music.  She is the grandmother of Kristy and Co~Founder, along with Kristy of both “Build A Better World Productions”  &  “Build A Better World Foundation” 

Kristy Corwin

Kristy Corwin holds a Degree from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and has founded and served as CEO of a Display & Design Company for 18 years, designing stores, kiosks, carts, window displays, trade show exhibits, and retail and home design consultancy. She works with large mall corporations, mall tenants, suppliers and business owners. .  Kristy also has much experience with Producing Events & Event Planning.  She was the manager for an Entertainment Company and has worked with many non~profit organizations and business owners.  Due to her desire to improve her health and to help others, Kristy has been devoted to extensive training and the teaching Brain Education Yoga for over 11 years to both children and adults.
Kristy is the Co~Founder, along with her grandmother Gina Garcia, of “Build A Better World Foundation” and “Build A Better World Productions”.  She currently serves as President and Executive Director of “Build A Better World Foundation” & CEO of “Build A Better World Productions”. Both organizations were founded and created to carry forward the Legacy of Music, the Empowerment of Youth & Humanitarian efforts that her grandparents, Russell & Gina Garcia, dedicated their lives to all over the world for 60 years.

Tamineh Roshanian

Tamineh Roshanian is an active member of California Bar (admitted in January 1989), and a graduate of Hastings College of the Law (JD, June 1988) and UCLA (BA 1985, Major in Economics and Latin American Studies).  She is also a member of the DC Bar (admitted in 1994) and a practicing Solicitor in England (from 2004-2016).  She has practiced commercial and business law in California and internationally for local and international clients while based in Los Angeles, CA (1988-1992), Washington DC (1992-1997), London (1997-2016) and Uzbekistan (1992-2005 while traveling back and forth), working for small and large international law firms as wells as her own practice in various jurisdictions. Tamineh’ s practice in Los Angeles includes international trade contracts, project finance and business & investment dispute resolution.  She is a Board member of the newly registered Build a Better World Foundation.

Volunteers:

Curtis Corwin

Judy Kulp

Tamineh Roshanian

Jeff Long

Terrilynn Madrano & Bella

Aimee Porter

Rhonda Zucker

Adele Payman

Dennis Stafford

Collis Stutzer

Aren Barnes

Capri Corwin

Jim Hagopian

Sponsors

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