CLEARWATER – The Grammy Museum’s acclaimed Music Revolution Project, an educational initiative developed in 2012, has confirmed its return to the Tampa Bay area, as announced by Bob Santelli, executive director of the museum.
Having debuted as a pilot program two years ago in Kansas City, Mo., and for the first time in the
Tampa Bay area last year, the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project offers talented youth in the area the chance to engage in musical workshops, songwriting courses and mentoring sessions as well as an opportunity to record the material they’ve written and to perform their new work live.
Students will attend the entire four-week program at Ruth Eckerd Hall from July 21 to Aug. 15 where they will participate in an intensive curriculum including instruction, rehearsals and mentoring with Grammy Award-winning artists, directors and composers. The program will be 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 workshops will conclude with a performance at the all-new Capitol Theatre on Friday, Aug. 15.
Last year, 24 students ages 14 to 21 were selected from Tampa Bay-area schools including Berkeley Preparatory School, Blake High School, Calvary Christian High School, Gibbs High School, The University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, River Ridge High School and Tarpon Springs High School. Applications for the program will be available soon through the Grammy Museum’s website at www.grammymusuem.org.
This national music education initiative was made possible for Tampa Bay area students by the support from the Yob Family Foundation as well as a variety of local Tampa Bay businesses and corporations. The program is entirely free to students who have been selected to participate.
“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 Bob Santelli in a press release. Santelli is executive director of the Grammy Museum. “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.”
“Arts education has been shown to improve students’ scores on standardized tests, make them more likely to go to college, increase their marketability in the workforces, as well as bring joy into their lives,” said Lisa Yob, director of philanthropy for the Yob Family Foundation. “We could not be more proud to help bring this landmark program to Tampa Bay for a second year.”
“I am ecstatic that Ruth Eckerd Hall is a part of this incredible opportunity for these students,” said Zev Buffman, president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall. “We welcome them and our partners at the Grammy Museum with open arms.”
A key component of this year’s program will be the addition by GRP of full, state-of-the-art equipment that will be 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 will be 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.