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About Us

The Crescendo Foundation Inc. is a Georgia based 501(c)3 organization that provides student scholarships and support for youth mentorship programs focused on music and the arts.

Our Purpose

The Crescendo Foundation was established to support and promote music and arts mentorship for youth through scholarships, music and arts organizations and media.

Our Vision

Inspired by Fred and Winnie Allen's sacrificial journey, we can empower new generations through mentorship in the arts.

Our Mission

  1. Provide funding through our partner organizations to allow students access to mentorship, training, and performance opportunities in the arts.

  2. Provide scholarships for students in the arts.

  3. Develop and share the story of Fred and Winnie Allen's inspiring journey of selflessness and impact through media. This story is a living testament to the power of the arts and mentorship in the lives of young people and it serves as inspiration and example to others.

  4. Recognize and honor other mentors in the arts whose examples have impacted many lives.

Board of Directors

Denise Stevens


Denise is a Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, a multiservice law firm with more than 300 attorneys and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, and Bejing. Denise focuses on entertainment, copyright and trademark transactions, and has particular experience in the music, publishing, touring, television and motion picture industries. Her principal clients include recording artists, songwriters, producers, authors, music industry executives, record labels, music publishers, motion picture and television production companies, and television personalities.

A native of Thomasville Georgia, Allen Cheney moved to Nashville Tennessee in 2009 after graduating from LaGrange College with a double major in Music and Business. He began his career in Nashville writing and producing music, however he quickly became immersed in television and film production. 

Allen is a partner and co founder at Mountview Creative and oversees day-to-day operations and project development. His team at Mountview produces a wide range of content, from music videos and commercials to documentaries and feature films.

In 2014, Allen worked with Larry King to help coordinate a partnership between AARP & Cumulus Radio that would bring Larry back to terrestrial radio five days a week.

In addition, Allen produced a feature-length documentary for the Rock & Worship Roadshow tour. Also in 2012, Allen was recognized for his contributions to Robin Williams’ last feature film "Boulevard."

In 2015, Mountview Creative moved its base to Los Angeles, California where Allen co-produced the feature film “Some Freaks.” The film has won numerous domestic and international film festivals and was released theatrically August 4, 2017.

In 2016, Cheney became executive producer of the international feature film, “Heartbeats,” and assisted with physical production in India. That film will debut theatrically in 2018.FORBES recently highlighted Allen’s work as well as announced his development of The Crescendo Foundation.

Allen Cheney


Amy Boland

Amy Boland is a National Events Director and Producer, specializing in fund development for non-profits. Based in Washington D.C., Amy leverages her proven track record as a cause champion and leader to enhance organizations' capability and impact across the country. She is a seasoned speaker, mentor, strategic planner and creative, social media thought leader, and has been in organizational leadership for 13 years. Amy also has been apart of record labels' tour marketing, management, and promotion. She has also developed self worth curriculum for high school girls. Amy is the Founder and Director of The 61 Exchange, a women's ministry.  

Ryan Smith


Ryan Smith is a Los Angeles based Producer with a heart for entertainment value, media development, and a soul for social justice. Alongside Bobby Bailey, co-founder of Invisible Children, Ryan Produced a feature film for Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation called When The Night Comes. Additionally, his films Some Freaks and Heartbeats were released world-wide in 2017. With a diverse range of television and film projects currently in development and production, Ryan continues his devotion to quality media. He has a wide range of industry relationships with extensive production networks in the Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, and Los Angeles markets. His holding company Mountview Creative has recently launched a publishing division and will be releasing it's first book Summer of 2018. Ryan is an avid supporter of film in the Southeastern region of the US.

Board of Advisors

  • Winnie Allen - Co-Founder of Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe

  • Allison Cheney - Artist and Co-Founder of Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe

  • Jake Basden – SVP of Communications Big Machine Records

  • Julie Cantrell – NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author 

  • Angie Clawson – National Director of Strategic Relationships, I Am Second

  • Suzanne Eubanks - CPA, Youth Mentor

  • Marlesa Ball Greiner - Inspirational Speaker


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