AMP Launches Second Program Site

We’re thrilled to announce that this past Monday October 3, we launched our second program site in the Edgewood neighborhood! With The Zeist Foundation providing major seed funding, our second AMP site will serve 60 students in grades 1-8. AMP classes are taking place 5-days-a-week at the City of Atlanta’s Coan Recreation Center. During this opening week our new students will get their first chance to try orchestral instruments. In addition to daily group lessons on their instrument, the students will take choir, musicianship and African drum and dance classes. Many concerts are planned for AMP@Coan Rec Center students this year, so please keep checking our website performance dates. We’d love to see you in the audience! Read the press release.

AMP Students Dazzle in African Drum and Dance Concert

AMP students from our Gilbert House site recently performed their first concert of the 2011-2012 season! Led by Teaching Artists Christan and Mark Poret and special guest Weedie Braimah, the students brought the “tent” down with the sounds of West African drumming and dancing.

Held on the grounds of the Office Of Cultural Affairs’ Gilbert House, the concert was attended by almost 100 people, bringing the neighborhood together around music and youth. AMP wishes to thank the Woodruff Art Center ‘s Enterprise Education for their support of our African drum and dance residency.

Instrument Donation Drive Fosters Community Support

This past summer, we held a three-week instrument donation drive to collect instruments for our students. The drive proved very successful as we were able to collect: 16 violins, 2 cellos, 1 viola, 1 bass, and dozens of flutes, clarinets, trumpets, french horns and trombones. Appraisals and tax receipts for instrument donors will be mailed out over the next two months. AMP wishes to acknowledge our community collaborators that served as drop-off points for the drive: Emory University Center for Ethics, Office of Cultural Affairs’ Gilbert House,  Juravel & Company CPA, Ron Sachs Violins and the Woodruff Arts Center. Also to be recognized, the employees of the W Atlanta Midtown who volunteered their time to help with instrument collection. Thank you Atlanta for your support. AMP students are the big winners here!

AMP IT UP! A Cocktail to benefit AMP!

Join us for AMP IT UP! The Artmore Hotel and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have partnered to hold a cocktail to benefit the Atlanta Music Project! This event takes place on Wednesday October 26 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the beautiful Artmore Hotel (1302 West Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309). 20% of all proceeds will go to AMP. At 7:45 there will be a special live performance by the Atlanta Music Project’s own Teaching Artists!

AMP Welcomes Talented
New Teaching Artists

With our expansion to two sites, AMP conducted an extensive search to augment our Teaching Artist roster. Our search was successful and we are proud to be able to say that our Teaching Artist roster includes graduates from all of the country’s top music schools. On November 4, the AMP Teaching Artists will perform at TEDxPeachtree in Atlanta. Stay tuned for other upcoming AMP Teaching Artist concerts! To learn more about who they are, please click here.

AMP Partners With Local Flavor To Raise Funds

Do you eat in Atlanta restaurants? If so, you can support AMP simply by signing up with Local Flavor and eating at any of their partner restaurants around Metropolitan Atlanta! There are over 50 restaurants to choose from. Simply visit, register and pick the option to have your “CashWards” donated directly to AMP. For more detailed info see this announcement or go to Local Flavor says it best: “Eat Local. Give Local.”

AMP Nominated as Finalist For 2011 TAG Excalibur Awards

This week we received the exciting news that we’ve been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Excalibur Awards in the small company category! TAG is Georgia’s  leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry. TAG’s annual Excalibur Awards recognize Georgia-based companies for their high-tech innovations based on the complexity of the problem that was solved technologically, the creativity of the solution, and the return on investment (ROI). Winners will be announced on October 21. For those of you who backed our Kickstarter campaign…we think you may have a lot to do with this nomination, so thank you again!

Support Music For Social Change! Donate to the Atlanta Music Project

Click here to make an online donation to the Atlanta Music Project. Donations can also be mailed to:
Atlanta Music Project 1280 Peachtree Street NE Suite 4074, Atlanta, GA 30309
The Atlanta Music Project is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit.

All photos (except photo of van) courtesy of Carlton Mackey of My True Vision Photography.