The Atlanta Music Project to Launch in the Fall of 2010

The Sparkplug Foundation, a NYC-based family foundation, supporting innovative initiatives in music, education, and community organizing has awarded a grant to The Atlanta Music Project. The grant will provide seed monies for instruments, sheet music, website development and marketing efforts.

Based on Venezuela’s transformative El Sistema program, the Atlanta Music Project will provide Atlanta’s at risk youth with classical, orchestral music training. The program uses the practice and performance of ensemble music to develop self-esteem, confidence, and creativity in children while at the same time preventing youth delinquency and transforming the communities around them.

The Atlanta Music Project is a non-profit organization aimed at underprivileged youth but participation is open to anyone who enjoys music. The program will launch in the Fall of 2010 as an enrichment and after school program in Atlanta’s lowest income neighborhoods.

Leading the Atlanta Music Project is Dantes Rameau an award-winning bassoonist. Dantes is a member of the inaugural class of Abreu Fellows, a joint postgraduate program of the New England Conservatory and El Sistema USA, which teaches the mission and musical methodology of El Sistema.

Dantes holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from McGill University where he received an award for “Outstanding Performance in Bassoon.” He went on to earn a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Yale University School of Music. He has performed with the Charleston Symphony, Wallingford Symphony and Aspen Chamber Symphony.

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