Atlanta Music Project One of 50 Youth Program Finalists Selected By President Barack Obama’s Committee On The Arts And The Humanities


ATLANTA – President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities selected the Atlanta Music Project (AMP) as one of 50 extraordinary youth programs across the country. Of the 50 selected programs, ten will be chosen to receive a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award. The NAHYP Award is granted to organizations that offer enriching arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. Finalists were selected among 301 nominations from 44 states and the District of Columbia.

“The Atlanta Music Project is honored to be recognized as an NAHYP Award Finalist,” said Dantes Rameau, Co-founder and Executive Director of AMP. “Over our six years of working with Atlanta’s underserved youth, we have seen firsthand the positive effects that music has on a child’s development and received an overwhelming amount of support from the Atlanta community. Being chosen as an NAHYP award finalist is a testament to the positive impact we are making and we are grateful to be counted among the nation’s top programs that are making an exceptional difference for youth.”

NAHYP Award winners are chosen by a national jury composed of arts and humanities field experts and will be announced in June.  Winners receive a one-time grant of $10,000 and an invitation to attend a White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. For a list of all 50 finalists visit

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

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Atlanta Music Project Contact:
Lindsay Aleshire, 706.202.6132,

AMP Orchestra Spring Concert

AMP Orchestra Spring Concert