Amplify is a riveting concert experience in which musicians perform songs written from around the world by youth in the Music in Common JAMMS program. JAMMS (Journalism as Music, Multimedia, and Songwriting) is an experiential learning and cultural immersion program that deepens understanding between diverse groups of people and communities in conflict through dialogue and creative collaboration. As a group, participants write and record a song and produce a video that addresses an issue important to them collectively.
To date, nearly fifty JAMMS songs have been written and recorded. Amplify musicians, in turn, become ambassadors for the JAMMS youth whose songs they are performing, amplifying their message in new and powerful ways and connecting the audience with the stories and cultures of the songs’ authors.
In the process of learning the JAMMS songs, Amplify musicians learn about the faiths, cultures, and narratives of the youth who wrote the songs, thereby connecting them to others whose backgrounds may vastly differ from their own.