The GRAMMY Museum To Launch Music Education Initiative In Kansas City
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) –The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project, a new education initiative developed by The GRAMMY Museum has been announced by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum. The announcement was made as part of the Los Angeles-based museum’s GRAMMY week activities. Scheduled to debut as a pilot program in Kansas City, Mo. in June 2012, The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project will offer talented youth the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance with other peers from across the country, spurring innovative ideas within the realm of American music.
Created with generous support from AEG, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and The Recording Academy®, The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project will stimulate creative young musicians by connecting them with GRAMMY-level artists. During The GRAMMY Museum’s summer’s pilot program, 25 emerging young artists will participate in an intensive, four-week curriculum including instruction, rehearsals and mentoring at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Sprint Center, two iconic venues located in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
“The enthusiasm, passion and commitment of the music and arts community throughout the region made Kansas City the obvious choice to host this program,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “With the commitment of first-class partners, The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project will be ideally positioned to develop the next generation of innovative music talent.”
Local high school and college students interested in Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, Folk and Roots, Sacred and Classical music, are encouraged to apply. Created to broaden musical and creative skill while helping establish relationships, the program is also designed to increase self-esteem, help students develop entrepreneurial skills and grow their passion for music.
“The GRAMMY Museum’s educational curriculum inspires kids to pursue their dreams through music,” said Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG. “There isn’t a better place for this initiative than Kansas City.”
Students will participate in music history, theory and composition classes, have one-on-one mentoring sessions and form ensembles with their fellow classmates. The program will begin on June 18 and will culminate with a formal concert in mid-July.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information about the GRAMMY Museum, visit www.grammymuseum.org.
About the Kauffman Center
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major new center for music, opera, theater, and dance, opened in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2011. The Kauffman Center will present a wide range of entertainers and performances from around the world, including classical, pop, and jazz music, ballet and contemporary dance, Broadway productions, comedy shows, school matinees and more. In addition, the Kauffman Center will serve as the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations—Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. For more information about the Kauffman Center, visit www.kauffmancenter.org.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention "headquarters" destination along with entertainment, restaurant and office space that “officially” opened in 2010. In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), assets of AEG Sports include franchises and properties such as the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS), two hockey franchises in Europe, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race and Bay to Breakers foot race. AEG Live, the company’s live-entertainment division, is the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies and is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com.