Create a youth music mentorship and Artist Development ProjectGround Up


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  • To teach the Business side of the music industry
  • To keep youth off of the streets through structured training
  • To raise $40,000 to get all needed equipment
  • To Publish a manual on youth artist development
  • To unite other communities through music and entertainment projects

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Project Summary:

The "Ground Up" project combines Artist Development, musical training, and the business of music, which we have entitled "The Other Side of The Microphone." through this project we teach youth the concepts of writing music, producing music, hosting events, studio etiquette, marketing and promo, as well as publicity. This furthers their abilities for future economic gain, and also gives them a way to give back to their community by becoming mentors for future Prospects. This project will entail three months of intensive training sessions, and upon completion all artists will have a CD product completed and will host a graduation/release event to showcase their growth and their music.


- 12 Finished CD Projects (11 artists + 1 compilation cd of the Group)
- all participants will become mentors to the next incoming group
- Garner attention to the project through media
- Fundraise $40,000 to sustain the project
- Creation of an artist Development manual  

How will the $10K be used?

Budget Notes: Producers and Travel opportunites. Studio Time
$ 1,000 Graduation and Final Event
$ 1,000 Mentors
$ 1,500 Design and Printing of Manual
$ 500 2 Midi Keyboards
$ 3,600 2 Imac Intel Computers
$ 800 to create 3 community events
$ 1,000 Equipment (Mic, Sound Card)
$ 600 Compilation CD Mixing and Mastering

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