Atlanta Music Project
About Atlanta Music Project
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. AMP’s existence is a direct result of the 2009 TED Prize, which was awarded to Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela’s El Sistema. AMP’s co-founders were members of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
The 2017-2018 school year will be AMP’s eighth year of programming, during which 300 students at five program sites will be served. AMP’s annual operating budget will approach $900,000. In addition, a modest capital campaign will be launched to secure funding for AMP’s first ever headquarters. AMP’s Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 to 2020 is currently in development.
AMP’s funders include Carnegie Hall, Bank of America, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, MailChimp, The Zeist Foundation, the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, the Harland Charitable Foundation, the Arthur Blank Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Music Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
AMP’s partners and collaborators include the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, The Kindezi Schools, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Woodruff Arts Center, The Westin Peachtree Downtown, Sylvan Hills Middle School, Clayton Statement University and Carnegie Hall.
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.
In September of 2017, AMP students will perform the national anthem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at an Atlanta United FC game. AMP’s young artists have performed at Atlanta’s most prestigious venues, including the Woodruff Arts Center, Spivey Hall, Center Stage, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. In 2015 Clayton State University established the Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships, providing college scholarship funds for AMP students.
In both 2016 and 2017 the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities named AMP one of the top 50 youth programs in the nation. AMP is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award, which will support the development of AMP’s first ever headquarters space in Southwest Atlanta. AMP is a member of “El Sistema USA,” the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs.
For more information visit http://www.atlantamusicproject.org