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Summer JAMMS


 Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Don't delay - space is limited!




The MIC Summer JAMMS program is an immersive, inter-cultural experience that brings together up to 25 Christian, Muslim, Jewish, immigrant, refugee, and American born youths ages 15 - 20. An extension of Music in Common’s JAMMS programs in the U.S. and Middle East, participants live and work together for two weeks on the magnificent Darrow School campus in New Lebanon, NY writing, recording, and rehearsing for a one-week concert tour while creating a documentary film.

Participants will write and record an original song as well as learn and rehearse 15 songs written in MIC programs around the world to perform on a weeklong tour with stops in Boston, New York, and elsewhere. The process will be documented for a film conceived and directed by participants to demonstrate the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and their benefits to society. Participants will create written, video, and photo blogs to be posted on social media and the Music in Common website throughout the program.

The Summer JAMMS Program strengthens mindful communication, cross-cultural understanding, and critical thinking between participants with interfaith dialogues, leadership trainings, intercultural workshops, social activities, and field trips to to explore the arts, culture, and natural beauty of the Berkshires.



The 2017 program will take place from July 9th - 30th at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY in the Berkshires. Please note that dates may shift a day or two in either direction once roster and tour dates have been finalized.



The Summer JAMMS program is lead by Music in Common executive director, Todd Mack, assisted by MIC Associate Director, Lynnette, Najimy and a team of MIC program facilitators and staff. Since 2007, Todd and Lynnette have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Middle East, and Far East leading Music in Common programs. There is a maximum student to staff ratio of 5 to 1. Staff will be announced by April 15th.



While at Darrow, students and staff will live in campus dorms on separate floors for boys and girls or in separate dorms entirely. Staff will live in the dorms with students. During the tour, students and staff will either stay in hotels or youth hostels or be hosted by local families. Groups will be set by gender. Three meals a day will be provided with vegetarian options at all meals. We will do our best to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Religious and cultural practices and observances will be accommodated. Students will have access to the school athletic center, soccer fields, tennis courts, and more.



Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the Summer Program. Students flying should fly into the Albany, NY airport. Arrangements for airport pickup and drop off must be made with Music in Common staff before booking flights. The final concert tour schedule will determine which airport students will fly home from. All ground transportation during the summer program will be provided by MIC staff or contracted driving services.



The MIC Summer Program is our only tuition-based program. All other MIC programs are free of charge to participate. The cost for the 2017 Summer Jamms Program is $3,900, which includes all meals, activities, training, and transportation during the program. Students should bring money for personal spending, shopping, etc. Financial aid is available for selected applicants who cannot afford full tuition.

Please contact Music in Common executive director Todd Mack at or 413-717-0374 for more info.


 Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Don't delay - space is limited!

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