ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF INAUGURAL SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Program To Offer Free Summer Music Instruction and Concerts
In Atlanta’s Underserved Neighborhoods
ATLANTA, GA. – April 19, 2016 – The Atlanta Music Project, a nonprofit providing intensive, tuition-free music education to students in underserved neighborhoods of Atlanta, announced the launch of a new program, the Atlanta Music Project Summer Series, a music festival and school. The inaugural AMP Summer Series will take place from June 6, 2016 to June 23, 2016 at two inner-city Atlanta sites and provide intensive choral and orchestral music instruction for 100 experienced middle and high school students.
AMP created the Summer Series as a way to continue providing high quality music instruction to its students, all within the context of a festival of live music performances by world-class musicians. As well as serving current AMP students, the AMP Summer Series will accept applications from experienced middle and high school musicians who wish to be a part of the program. Community-based, tuition-free, conservatory-level music instruction is an uncommon prospect for most of Atlanta’s inner-city youth. AMP is uniquely positioned to offer this rare opportunity in Atlanta’s underserved neighborhoods.
“For budding young musicians, a summer music camp experience is paramount to their personal and artistic development, and we are thrilled to bring this experience to the neighborhoods we serve,” said Dantes Rameau, AMP’s Executive Director and bassoon teaching artist. “We are thankful for MailChimp’s financial support in helping us make the inaugural AMP Summer Series a reality. It will be that special summer experience that creates lifelong memories for all involved.”
The foundation of the AMP Summer Series will consist of three weeks of intensive musical instruction for students to include group lessons, music theory, composition, masterclasses and participation in an orchestra or choir. In addition to the music education components, the AMP Summer Series will feature free evening concerts and recitals by the AMP Teaching Artists and special guest artists, which will all be open to the public. The AMP Summer Series will culminate with final concerts by the AMP Summer Series Festival Orchestra on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. and the AMPlify Summer Series Festival Choir on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
“The AMP Summer Series is an ambitious project that will bring live music performances and music education to Atlanta’s neighborhoods that will benefit most,” said Lain Shakespeare, MailChimp’s Corporate Citizenship Manager. “MailChimp is proud to stand behind AMP’s bold vision of social change through the pursuit of artistic excellence.”
To complete the funding for this new program, AMP has launched a fundraising campaign through IndieGoGo. To support the campaign, visit: ampsummerseries.org. For AMP Summer Series program information and online application, visit: https://www.atlantamusicproject.org/programs/#summer
About the Atlanta Music Project
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Now in its sixth year of programming and serving 200 students at four sites, AMP provides all its students with an instrument, a teaching artist, classes and numerous public performance opportunities. AMP does not hold entrance auditions – the only requirement is a commitment to attending all classes. AMP’s programs include: the AMP Orchestra; AMPlify, the choral program of the Atlanta Music Project; the AMP Academy, which provides advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; and the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school. AMP’s young artists have performed at Atlanta’s most prestigious venues, including the Woodruff Arts Center, Spivey Hall, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. In 2015 Clayton State University established the Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships, providing scholarship funds for AMP students choosing to attend Clayton State as music majors and music minors. In the next two years, AMP will expand to serve more than 300 students at multiple sites. For more information visit www.atlantamusicproject.org.
Lindsay Aleshire, Atlanta Music Project