Calling All Youth Musicians: Music in Common Accepting Applications for Amplify 2020 Residency
Music In Common is accepting applications now through March 31 for it’s Amplify 2020 summer residency. Since 2018, Music In Common’s Amplify program has brought together young musicians from across the country to work with professional musicians and producers to learn, rehearse, and perform in concert songs written by youth from around the world, amplifying the songs’ powerful messages to a global audience. In doing so, Amplify musicians learn about the faiths, cultures, perspectives, and experiences of the youth whose songs they are performing.
Amplify 2020 takes place July 1-18 at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts where musicians ages 14-22 live and rehearse together as well as participate in master classes, workshops, industry professional panels and enjoy guest performances.
Past guest artists and panelists have included guitarist and arranger Michael Feingold, who has performed with Jay Z, Kanye, and Beyonce among others, Tory Hanna & Billy Keane of the nationally touring Whiskey Treaty Road Show, regional legend Wanda Houston, and others. The residency culminates in three concerts and a recording session, and also includes field trips to some of the many wonderful cultural offerings of the Berkshires such as Jacob’s Pillow, Tanglewood, and Mass MoCA. Amplify 2020 musicians will write and record their own song as a band and make a music video.
The heavily subsidized tuition includes lodging in modern (and air conditioned) dorms, three meals a day with vegetarian and vegan options, use of Berkshire School’s rehearsal rooms and state of the art Allen Theater. Music In Common strives to turn no one away for financial reasons and encourages anyone interested in the program to audition regardless of ability to pay. Amplify 2020 will be lead by Music In Common founder & director, Todd Mack, and Music In Common program director, Marisa Massery, both career musicians.