Amplify Fellowship Becomes The Amplify Project, Preps for 2022 Season
With new partnerships and a year of experience, the Amplify Fellowship is returning to support Washtenaw County musicians once again.
Through an application process, Black musical artists will be selected to receive recording and production support to craft projects that will be released next summer. The fellows will be obligated to support community organizations for three hours per month during the program.
Last year’s fellows were hugely successful. London Beck won Best New Artist in Current Magazine while Dani Darling won Best R&B/Soul Artist.
Kenyatta Rashon, who was a runner-up in both categories, has become a fixture in the Ypsilanti community. She started a successful showcase platform, Ypsi Jamz and supported several local businesses. The fellows continue to receive program support and will serve as key mentors for this year’s cycle.
The program continues to be made possible through funding from Leon Speakers and with key support from Grove Studios. It looks to grow its reach into the nonprofit world soon as The Amplify Project and will continue supporting artists from marginalized spaces in southeast Michigan through programming that develops career skills and builds engagement with the community.
“Last year … we built the plane while flying it,” said Rod Wallace, co-founder and executive director of the program. “Now, we have fantastic support from around the area. We have received great insight into how to make this program even more fantastic for the fellows and the community as a whole. This fellowship has become not only about the artists, but also the network of brilliant people all over this community that helped make these projects a reality.”
The fellowship application deadline is Oct 22. For information, visit amplify-fellowship.com and access the application here.
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Note: The Amplify Project and The Amplify Fellowship are not affiliated with the “Amplify: Sound of Detroit” singing competition; Motown; Motown Museum; or any other subsidiaries of Motown.