Please introduce yourself.
Hello family. My name is Nick Ramsey. I am the co-founder and owner of Family Power Music LLC. I’m 35, a practitioner of language and a proud resident of the Belle City.
Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in Racine. As a child I lived on Highway 38 by Johnson Park. As a teenager I moved further into the city – first on the Southside by Pritchard Park and more recently right up the hill from Lincoln Park, Island Park and Colonial Park. I guess I’m supposed to be close to nature.
How did your life’s journey bring you back to Racine?
After obtaining degrees from both Gateway and Carthage, I moved to Milwaukee. Over the course of five years I explored our cousin to the north. I moved from West Allis to Brown Deer and finally landed on the Eastside near Brady Street. I moved back to Racine in 2010 when my grandmother’s health was declining. I’ve been here ever since and have no plans to leave. This is my home!
What do you like best about Racine?
I love our people and the unknown. I believe it’s my mission to meet someone new each day, learn about them, and discover what they love. I often say that everyone has a superpower. What’s yours? I also love discovering new places. Whether it’s an alley or a street, a neighborhood or a park, a new restaurant or store…you can bet I’ll be out there exploring and sharing my discoveries with others.
Please give some examples of how your work has made a positive impact on the community.
From 2003 to 2011 I practiced as a physical therapist assistant at Balistreri & Associates Physical Therapy. During the latter portion of those years I also served as an athletic trainer for the Racine Threat and Wisconsin Wolfpack football teams. I did my best to provide the most thorough and comprehensive education and treatment to those I worked with. Although I’ve taken a sabbatical from healthcare, I still help friends and family with advice when they ask. I can give a pretty good massage too.
Now, through our company Family Power Music, we have the opportunity to highlight the creative arts in and around our community. We work with artists from all disciplines and age groups, schools and educators, local businesses and non-profit organizations – so basically, everyone. We’ve identified three pillars that are the foundation for what we do: education, events and artist management. From open mic nights and artist showcases to creative writing workshops and music festivals, we provide safe environments for people to express their creativity, strengthen their craft and expand their professional networks.
What’s the least understood aspect about what you do?
Well…going from a very stable healthcare occupation to being a small business owner in a completely different field (and art, at that), I’ve often been asked why I chose to make such a drastic change. In reality, the foundation is the same for both – education. During my time in healthcare, I learned that most people just need to know what’s going on with their body and how they can make it better. That’s always where I started.
As a small business owner I am constantly seeking education – how to put together an operating agreement and business plan, how to file taxes and annual reports, how to track our communications and financials, how to market our services, and the list goes on and on. Once we learn these things we can then share this knowledge with those we work with.
Life is what you make it; it’s okay to experiment. We have amazing resources around us. Dream it up, get educated, and try it out!
What would you like to accomplish during the next 6 months? 12 months?
We will continue to build on our foundation and focus on our three pillars. We’ll be providing creative writing workshops and interactive hip-hop themed presentations to a number of schools and nursing homes in the regions we operate. Our goal is to reach more people every year. Sound cool? We’re open to work with anyone and everyone – give us a call!
We have many ongoing events throughout the country (yes, the country), all of which require a lot of work to maintain and grow. We host our Grassroots Open Mic on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Racine Arts Council. We have the Family Power Music Presents series happening monthly in the Bay Area of California, every other month in Racine, and quarterly in Milwaukee. We have our annual Family Reunion Music Festival (formerly known as the Dan Jam) on the last Saturday in June. And we have our annual Origins of Hip-Hop event which happens on the third Saturday of August. We will continue to work to make these the best they can be.
We work with a huge nationwide network of artists, venues and media outlets. They are our family. We will continue to link artists with opportunities every chance we get.
What’s the best way to contact you?
First, connect with Family Power Music online:
I prefer direct communication – so in person or by phone. You can reach me at (262) 598-4803. You can also reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Belle City Magazine and thank you Racine for being our home!