The Amplify Project Completes Charitable Music Series May 31 with Ann Arbor’s London Beck
The Amplify Project will host a ticketed virtual fundraising show Monday, May 31 at 7 p.m. with musical auteur London Beck to benefit The Neutral Zone, a teen-founded nonprofit in Ann Arbor that provides space for artistic and recreational opportunities.
Known as the Amplify Kickback, the show is part of a concert and panel discussion series aimed at supporting Washtenaw County community organizations. Amplify Fellowship artists are featured while community organizations receive a portion of the ticket proceeds from the livestream event.
The event also will feature an interview with Suzie Staley, Associate Director of The Neutral Zone, and receive additional support from Ypsi Pride, which has a litany of activities planned for June’s Pride Month.
The Amplify Project represents an umbrella of initiatives to support the intersection of community engagement and artistic expression in Washtenaw County. Sponsored by Grove Studios and Leon Speakers, The Amplify Fellowship supports the creative efforts of musicians with recording and engineering costs in exchange for volunteer service to local nonprofits and supportive agencies.
London Beck is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor. London, who released The Drift EP in 2019 and ANGXL in 2020, writes and produces music that stretches across genres and tempos to create unique sonic and atmospheric tapestries. Their new project, The Black Satin Sessions, will be released June 11.
“The Amplify Project believes that events like the Kickback expose music fans and the general public alike to the work of heroes around them,” says Rod Wallace, Co-founder of the initiative. “We are proud that our fellows are grounded in meeting the needs of their community and making professional music while doing it.”
Amplify Project co-founder Maia Evans produces the events with The Ark in Ann Arbor. The Fellowship’s key funders and supporters, Leon Speakers and Grove Studios, have been working together over the past year to bring robust virtual content to the community in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic.