Rehearsals & Performance July 7 - 22 in Sheffield, MA
Information & application below
ABOUT AMPLIFY Amplify is a riveting concert experience in which musicians perform songs written by youth from around the world 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. Participants write and record a song together as a group and produce a video that addresses an issue important to them. JAMMS is open to all youth regardless of musical skill or training. To date, nearly fifty JAMMS songs have been written and recorded. Amplify musicians are ambassadors for the youth whose songs they are performing, amplifying their message in new and powerful ways that their musical limitations may have not allowed them to do on their own, and connecting the audience with the stories and cultures of the songs’ authors. In the process, musicians and audiences alike learn about the faiths, cultures, and narratives of the youth whose songs are being performed, connecting them to others whose backgrounds and stories may vastly differ from their own.
AMPLIFY 2019: BERKSHIRES Amplify 2019: Berkshires is a two-week residential program in which high school and college aged musicians have the unique opportunity to work with professional musicians and producers to learn, rehearse, and perform in concert songs written by youth from around the world. In addition to valuable diversity training and leadership development, Amplify musicians learn the importance of teamwork, gain self-confidence, and develop strong communication and collaborative skills – tools to help them succeed in school and in life.
DATES & LOCATION Amplify 2019: Berkshires takes place from July 7 – 22 at Berkshire Schoolin Sheffield, MA
STAFF Amplify 2019: Berkshires will be lead by Music in Common executive director, Todd Mack, and Music in Common Program Director, Marisa Massery, both seasoned musicians, producers, and program facilitators.
AUDITIONS Amplify is our only audition-based program and can be a competitive selection process. All applicants are required to audition either via the online application below or by live or online audition. Audition deadline is March 15. There is no cost to audition and we encourage everyone to apply regardless of ability to afford tuition if selected. Selections are based on skill level, artistic merit, and program needs.
COST We at Music In Common see ourselves not as service providers for hire, but rather as partners in a movement of peace-builders and leaders. As such, we work to make the unique experience of Amplify financially feasible for everyone. We ask participants and their families to partner with us by paying what they are able. As a guideline, the full cost per participant is $3,725, which covers room & board, local transportation, and all extra-curricular activities outside of the regular program day, such as field trips. Our ongoing fundraising efforts enable us to offer a suggested tuition of $2,475, which reflects a 33% reduction from the actual cost. We will continue to work to make up the difference between all contributions and the actual cost of the program and we encourage participants and their families to join us in the fundraising effort. We strive to turn no one away for financial reasons, and encourage anyone interested to audition regardless of ability to pay. Participants are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from the program.
STIPEND To further offset tuition cost, we are pleased to offer a small stipend to participants upon conclusion of the program based upon a percentage of the culminating concert ticket sales.
SCHOOL CREDIT Your participation in Amplify may be eligible for school credit. Contact us to learn more.
FOR MORE INFO, please contact Music in Common Program Director Marisa Massery at email@example.com / 413-248-6070.
To apply for Amplify 2019 Berkshires please read and complete the form below by March 15, 2019.