A Georgia Music Foundation Grant was awarded in 2017 to the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in Augusta for its J.A.M.P.CERT program. J.A.M.P.CERT is an end-of-year workshop and concert that is a culmination of students’ year-long study of music theory, composition and performance. The workshop with a national artist includes learning experiences in both group and one-on-one settings. The JAMPCERT concert is free of charge to the community and is held annually at the Augusta Museum of History.
Established in 2011, James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils is a year-round music education program for ages pre-K through 12 founded by Deanna Brown-Thomas, daughter of the late James Brown. JAMP provides after-school programs, summer sessions and a variety of professional performance opportunities. JAMP Music Director Keith Jenkins spent over a decade as guitarist for James Brown, which he draws upon in teaching students to play musical instruments, read music and learn the music and legacy of the Godfather of Soul. To learn more about JAMP, visit jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org.