CLEARWATER - The Grammy Museum’s acclaimed Music Revolution Project, an educational initiative developed in 2012, kicked off last month offering 30 talented youth in the area the chance to engage in a total immersion four week musical workshop, resulting in creating and composing new musical numbers.
Grammy Museum instructors and internationally known artists guided the mentoring sessions and recording of the material written by the students. The four-week program culminates with a world premiere of eight new works at the Capitol Theatre on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre is located at 405 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.
Ruth Eckerd Hall announced Aug. 14 that the 7:30 p.m. concert is sold out. A second show is now scheduled at 9:15 p.m.
Admission is free, but seating is limited and a ticket is required for entry. VIP Tickets, priced at $30 are also available and include preferred seating for the performance and a reception in the VIP Lounge. For tickets, call the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office at 791-7400. Tickets also will be available beginning at 3 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre Ticket office. Tickets are not available online.
Students participating in the Music Revolution Project were immersed in an intensive curriculum including instruction, rehearsals and mentoring with artists, directors and composers, such as Prince drummer John Blackwell, Barcelona, Raydar Ellis and Austin Wintory.
The program has been housed at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, providing students with access to professional spaces as well as a private recording studio on-site. The students have also been guests at concerts held at Ruth Eckerd Hall including The Fray, American Idol, Maxwell and the Under the Sun Tour.
The workshops will conclude with a performance at the Capitol Theatre on Friday, August 15. Alumni from last year’s workshop, Denim Blue and Miclain Keith, Gulf Boulevard and The Ries Brothers will also perform in a pre-show outdoor concert on Cleveland Street in front of the Capitol Theatre.
The pilot program debuted two years ago in Kansas City, Missouri, and for the first time in the Tampa Bay area last year. Thirty students, ages 14 to 21, were selected for the program this year from Tampa Bay-area schools including Berkeley Preparatory School, Howard W. Blake High School, Gibbs High School, St. Petersburg College, and East Lake High School. Applications for the program next year will be available soon through the Grammy Museum’s website www.grammymuseum.org.
This national music education initiative was made possible for Tampa Bay-area students by the support from the Yob Family Foundation and a deep personal leadership by founder, Lisa Yob, as well as a variety of local Tampa Bay businesses and corporations.
In addition, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts donated performance space, full personnel and equipment at the Capitol Theatre.
“We are thrilled to be producing our second year of the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project and having selected REH as our official affiliate,” said Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “Through the passion and commitment of our first-class partners, paired with a dynamic music and arts community in the Tampa Bay region, it is our hope that we can help develop a new generation of innovative music talent.”
“I am ecstatic that Ruth Eckerd Hall is a part of this incredible opportunity for these students,” said Zev Buffman, Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO. “We welcome them and our partners at the GRAMMY Museum with open arms!”
A key addition to this year’s program will be the addition of full, state-of-the-art equipment that was installed in the available recording studio space and control room currently located at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Students are able to record their works in progress, edit, write, and record the final product for distribution to music publishers and record companies.
Created to broaden musical and creative skills while helping establish relationships, the program is also designed to increase self-esteem, help students develop entrepreneurial skills and grow their ability to secure employment at a post high school age.