The Georgia Music Foundation proudly announces the recipients of its 2016 Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach Grants. Fifteen schools and non-profit organizations were awarded a total of $60,000 to support programs taking place in 2017. The grant program is funded by proceeds from the annual “Jameson Irish Whiskey Presents Georgia On My Mind” concert in Nashville, Tennessee hosted by the Peach Pickers.

Recipients of the 2016 Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach Grant program include:

Students from the Atlanta Music Project

Atlanta Music Project for its AMP Summer Series, a three-week tuition-free orchestral and choral full-day music camp for experienced middle school and high school students. Students take classes, including ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, theory, ear training and music composition. Based on the intensive summer music conservatory model, the festival includes five free concerts featuring AMP Teaching Artists, guest performers and AMP students

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta for the development of its Music Clubhouse to provide at-risk youth ages 10-18 with the opportunity for an after-school music program. The music program will be used as a vehicle for youth development exposing children and teens to contemporary music ranging from classic rock to hip-hop and lessons in guitar, keys, drums, voice, bass and music recording.

Fair Oaks Elementary School in Marietta for the week-long school residency with teaching artist Dave Holland and his acclaimed “Pop Zing Boom!” workshops. Students learn how sound is produced, transmitted and received through engaging demonstration, mini performances and hands-on exploration of over 100+ percussion instruments and environmental resources.

Global Village Project
Global Village Project Artist-in-Residence Elise Witt leads the Global Village Chorus. (Photo by Maryann Bates)

Global Village Project in Decatur for its Global Village Chorus. Global Village Project (GVP) is a special purpose middle school in Decatur serving teenage refugee girls from Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Nepal, Somalia, and Syria. Internationally acclaimed singer, composer, and recording artist Elise Witt directs the GVP Music Program and uses to help students learn English as part of the GVP STEAM program. The Global Village Chorus creates bridges between the refugee community and the communities of Clarkston, Decatur, Atlanta, and beyond.

Students from the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in Augusta

James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in Augusta for its JAMPCERT program to educate and enlighten young musicians through an interactive learning process of experience and knowledge with a national artist. The national artist shares valuable insight about rhythms and melodies, how they’ve been influenced by others and how they became the artist they are today. Students showcase what they’ve learned about music theory, composition and performance and participate in Q&A sessions.

Mableton Elementary School in Mableton for its “ Drumming Up the Stories” assembly to be presented to the entire student body. The fun-filled, percussion-loaded learning extravaganza encourages students to draw inspiration from their own environment to express their personal history. High-energy audience participation ensures a memorable experience as students are guided through an array of world folktales with drumming.

Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna for its first and fourth grade music workshops. Teaching artist Dave Holland will present “Pop Zing Boom!” with students discovering sound and science principles and learning about environmental resources through engaging demonstration, mini-performances and hands-on exploration.

St. Mary’s Steeple in Athens (Photo by Jason Thrasher)

Nuçi’s Space in Athens for its St. Mary’s Steeple restoration and preservation project. St. Mary’s Steeple is the only remaining fixture of the church at which R.E.M. played its first-ever show on April 5, 1980. Whitsel Construction, a firm experienced in historic preservation, is managing the stabilization and restoration of the historic St. Mary’s Steeple, located adjacent to the headquarters for Nuçi’s Space, a non-profit health and music resource center offering low-cost counseling for suicide prevention.

Sallie Zetterower Elementary School in Savannah for its workshop and performance with SaVaSa Trio, featuring members of the acclaimed Ensemble Modern from Germany. The workshop and performance is presented in partnership with Georgia Southern University’s Department of Music, which is hosting a residency with SaVaSa Trio and will participate in the presentation of the workshop and performance.

Savannah Music Festival’s Musical Explorers

Savannah Music Festival for Musical Explorers, SMF’s free year-round program that expands music education for underserved Georgia K-2 students. Musical Explorers includes concerts for students at Savannah theaters, in-school music lessons, teacher training sessions, and printed and electronic teaching resources. The program introduces musical genres important to the cultures and population of Georgia and the Southeastern U.S., including salsa, zydeco, American brass music and others.

St. James Catholic School in Savannah for its Sound and Movement Project to purchase Orff xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels and musical arrangements for instructional and performance performances. The new program will allow students to experience personal musicianship through involvement, individuality, music independence, rhythm, and melody and greatly enhance the current music program.

The Gift of Music Foundation in Marietta for its Atlanta Public Schools After School Music Enrichment Program. Gift of Music’s mission is the reinstatement of music programs in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) that were cut last year as after-school programs. The goal is to serve 180+ students in some of the most disadvantaged schools and neighborhoods with this music programs, instruments, education, mentoring, and performance opportunities that would otherwise not have these opportunities.

The Tubman Museum in Macon for its traveling exhibition, A Legacy of Soul: Black Music in Georgia that will focus on African American music and musicians with strong ties to Georgia. Legacy of Soul will focus on five important musical artists who greatly influenced American Music and Georgia history—Otis Redding, Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles and Curtis Mayfield—and who helped shape the development and worldwide appeal of Rock and Roll, Blues, Soul and Rhythm and Blues.

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus
Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus

The Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus for its Chamber Group Program. Students ages 8-18 in the YOGC program will participate in six chamber groups offering one hour of individualized attention every week. Groups perform at various community events from hockey games to art receptions and perform a more formal chamber recital in the fall to showcase their accomplishments during the year.