CBEF is in the initial phase of formalizing partnerships with several leading institutions including the Grammy Museum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, DuSable Museum, Columbia College – Center for Black Music Research, Dockery Farms Foundation – Delta Blues origins Archives, DuSable Museum, Chicago Children’s Choir, and the Chicago History Museum among others.
The first formal partnership will be with the Grammy Museum– CBEF is slated to become an official Affiliate of the Grammys in 2018. In collaboration with the Grammys, CBEF will bring this incredibly dynamic and exciting educational program to Chicago, the MUSIC Revolution Project (launch in Summer 2019). This highly successful program is already in its seventh year in Los Angeles, Kansas City and Tampa . It seeks to educate and inspire all participants to the enduring qualities and cultural significance of the Blues and all music genres. By implementing a variety of innovative educational strategies; by incorporating the advice and needs of scholastic teachers, locally, regionally, and nationally; and by presenting the expertise of nearly 14,000 Recording Academy members, the GRAMMYS Music Revolution Project is. The overall objective of the program is to use the Blues and all music genres as a gateway to learning, inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical-thinking and self-expression.
The CBEF/Grammys Music Revolution Project will offer creative and gifted musicians the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance with other talented young people from their area. High school students from genres including classical, Blues, jazz, pop, Hip-Hop, folk, sacred and Rock and Roll, will be encouraged to apply to this world-class music academy, created to broaden their musical and creative skills while helping them establish relationships, increase self-esteem, develop entrepreneurial skills and grow their passion for music. Students will participate in music history and composition classes; have mentoring sessions with Chicago Blues artists and GRAMMY Award nominees or winners; and form ensembles with their fellow classmates.
This two to four week summer academy is planned to begin in Chicago in Summer 2019 and culminates with a formal student concert for their family, friends and community.
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