“He did this for his neighborhood kids so they could take pride in growing it themselves. Kebbi is the real deal.”- Susan Tedeschi, Tedeschi Trucks Band
Music in the Park ATL aims to raise $6,000 through Kickstarter to support the final production costs for our fourth annual event on April 20, 2014. Music in the Park ATL is a program created by Kebbi Williams, saxophonist for Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, which provides an opportunity for Atlanta youth to experience live music by playing with professional musicians in an orchestral performance open to the public.
Over the last three years, Music in the Park ATL has inspired over a hundred Atlanta youth to seek out music instruction, practice year-round, and participate in the youth orchestra at the Music in the Park ATL annual performance held in Atlanta’s Historic West End. Some youth artists have also started composing original music.
This year, Music in the Park ATL is an activity partner of Atlanta Streets Alive, which will close several streets of Atlanta’s Historic West End to vehicular traffic on April 20th, 2014 to experience the closeness of social interaction in the community. Music in the Park ATL plans to expose the attendees to world music and demonstrate the unifying effect of public performance.
On April 20, 2014, Music in the Park ATL plans to participate in the Atlanta Streets Alive Bike Parade and actually march among the attendees disrupting the assumed boundaries between performers/spectators. Musicians will march among the attendees to five different venues along the route. At the five outside venues, a diverse group of musicians will play throughout the event and encourage attendees to interact with one another. The music will also naturally encourage people to cross boundaries and join other Atlanta Streets Alive planned activities. At the conclusion of Atlanta Streets Alive, a 50-piece youth/ established artists orchestra will perform for the community into the night.
WHY ARE WE RUNNING A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN?
“We want to put it in a neighborhood where you might not get a lot of live music.” – Kebbi Williams, Founder of Music in the Park ATL
Live concert tickets, band instruments and quality music instruction are increasingly expensive and out of reach for inner-city youth. We believe that when kids experience live original music and get training in performance from professional musicians, the more diverse musical sounds will be heard in your community’s parks, establishing a foundation for the future of live music.
Music in the Park ATL is committed to creating this musical experience in communities who have limited access to music instruction and programming. Atlanta’s Historic West End has rich cultural and religious diversity but also a large population of underserved youth.
By removing any financial costs for attending the event, we have also been successful in drawing representation from many different social groups in the community.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A DIVERSITY OF ARTISTS?
“Being able to work with a different variety of people and instruments is not an everyday thing. I got a feel of new music that I normally do not play being the string player that I am.” -Monica Davis, viola, Music in the Park ATL youth participant
The monies raised will specifically help support music talent diversity and go entirely toward artist fees. The success of our previous shows lie in our insistence on providing music that represents many genres. We blend these performances in such a manner that the audiences are encouraged to stay to view acts that they ordinarily would not see.
We play and teach many genres of live instrumental music and vocal genres. We have world music like flamenco, Cuban, Classical and Afro-Klezmer. We also have American jazz styles such as straight ahead, avant- garde, funk, soul, alternative, experimental and traditional marching band. Most of the professional artists are based in Atlanta.
Risks and challenges
We believe musicians should get paid for playing!
All Music in the Park ATL musicians are paid for their performance, even the youth musicians receive a stipend. Building an audience is an important part of being a performing musician because it is a different experience when live music is shared within community rather than played in recital halls. If all our artists, youth musicians included, promote the April 20, 2014 event, we feel the audience, musicianship, and overall performance experience will be enhanced; and we hope that our financial goal will be met so we can pay all our artists in a reasonable amount of time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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