The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) — the nonprofit that provides tuition-free, conservatory-like music education for underserved youth — has received a two-year, $80,000 grant from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute for the second year in a row.
The grant will help the organization to expand the AMP Academy from 35 students to 50, and provide one-on-one coaching and conducting lessons. AMP will also launch a series of masterclasses, and add teaching artists for the bassoon, French horn, oboe and tuba. AMP works with over 200 children across the southern part of the city. It was founded in 2010.
The grant is part of PlayUSA, a program that supports instrumental music education projects across the country that are designed to reach low-income and underserved students.
Sarah Johnson, director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, said AMP is one of 13 organizations to receive the PlayUSA grants. “The PlayUSA network is made up of a strong community of organizations across the nation,” she said in a press release. “We look forward to further collaboration in the future so that we can learn from one another and make note of successes and milestones achieved that can be shared across the field.”
Dantes Rameau, AMP’s executive director, said the organization is honored to be included in this year’s round of grants. “Their significant financial support will allow us to expand our instrumental programs, teach new students and provide our teaching artists with top-notch training. Thank you to Carnegie Hall.”