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What’s all
that noise?

Venture down Sani street on a weekday afternoon and you may hear the sounds of Ma Brrr, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Purcell, Michael Jackson, fanfares, umxhentso, dubstep, Bob Marley, Jonas Gwangwa… or something else you’ve never heard before. Trombones, marimbas, bass guitar… piano, voices, cellos, drums… shouts, whispers, booms, clicks, screams… it’s the sound of young people working, playing; the singing of beating hearts and the creaking of expanding minds.  Access Music Project (AMP) is an Eastern Cape music education centre connecting young people with their creative identities and opportunities in the creative economy, in partnership with local schools. AMP was established in response to the problem of young potential musicians not having access to music studies. In many schools music is not an option for study, and arts in general have little priority. AMP’s model is that of a centre where human and physical resources are pooled to serve learners from various under-resourced schools, enabling the creation of a well-equipped, diverse and high quality music programme. Engagement with arts provides a space in which children can explore those parts of their selves that cannot be understood through words, and develop critical and alternative ways of thinking and expression. The opportunity to study music formally can open up another world of pathways for children who are talented and aspiring musicians.

AMP is excited to be performing again at the Official Opening of the Village Green at the National Arts Festival on Saturday 29 June. This year AMP's String Ensemble will be playing. Also on the programme is the Cathedral St Michael & St George Marimba Band. Catch us around 11:00AM at the Village Green!
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AMP is excited to be performing again at the Official Opening of the Village Green at the National Arts Festival on Saturday 29 June. This year AMPs String Ensemble will be playing. Also on the programme is the Cathedral St Michael & St George Marimba Band. Catch us around 11:00AM at the Village Green!
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Thank you Redwood Spur Steak Ranch for the job shadowing. Not only did we raise some of the needed funds for SBNYJF (Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival), but our learners also got to taste the work environment. We hope the partnership will continue again in future. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Redwood Spur Steak Ranch for the job shadowing. Not only did we raise some of the needed funds for SBNYJF (Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival), but our learners also got to taste the work environment. We hope the partnership will continue again in future.

Brewing local talent from the shadows:-
The AMP shadow shift at the Spur next Tuesday is towards attendance to the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNYJF) from 26 June - 1 July.
Redwood Spur Steak Ranch will be giving 10% of their profit for the evening to this fundraiser, and for every table of customers that come to eat at Spur specifically in support of AMP, Spur will give a further R50 to AMP.

Read more about the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival and why this is such an amazing opportunity for our learners: www.youthjazz.co.za
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Brewing local talent from the shadows:-
The AMP shadow shift at the Spur next Tuesday is towards attendance to the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNYJF) from 26 June - 1 July.
Redwood Spur Steak Ranch will be giving 10% of their profit for the evening to this fundraiser, and for every table of customers that come to eat at Spur specifically in support of AMP, Spur will give a further R50 to AMP.

Read more about the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival and why this is such an amazing opportunity for our learners: www.youthjazz.co.za

PLEASE SUPPORT:
AMP learners are shadowing at the Spur to raise funds to attend the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNYJF) from 26 June - 1 July. The Spur will be giving 10% of their profit for the evening to AMP's fundraiser, and for every table of customers that come to eat at Spur specifically in support of AMP, Spur will give a further R50 to AMP.

Read more about the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival and why this is such an amazing opportunity for our learners: www.youthjazz.co.za

If you can't make it to the Spur, you could still contribute to the fundraiser by:

Sponsoring a learner's attendance at the SBNYJF - R495 will sponsor one learner's attendance
Make a donation towards this fundraiser

Click here for our banking details: accessmusic.org.za/donate/
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PLEASE SUPPORT:
AMP learners are shadowing at the Spur to raise funds to attend the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNYJF) from 26 June - 1 July. The Spur will be giving 10% of their profit for the evening to AMPs fundraiser, and for every table of customers that come to eat at Spur specifically in support of AMP, Spur will give a further R50 to AMP.

Read more about the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival and why this is such an amazing opportunity for our learners: www.youthjazz.co.za

If you cant make it to the Spur, you could still contribute to the fundraiser by:

    Sponsoring a learners attendance at the SBNYJF - R495 will sponsor one learners attendance
    Make a donation towards this fundraiser

Click here for our banking details: https://accessmusic.org.za/donate/

AMPlify us! – Instalment #4: Donate an instrument or equipment

Do you have an instrument sitting at home that you haven't played for years? 🎹🥁🎷🎺🎸🎻 This instrument could be put to use and cherished by a young aspiring musician.

AMP welcomes donations of new or second-hand musical instruments. Donated instruments will belong to the programme itself, but are allocated to particular learners for the duration of their time at AMP, and the learners get to take the instruments home to practice.

AMP has an immediate need for violins (1/2 size, 3/4 and full size), pennywhistles, and marching band / samba style percussion for starting our 'Early Access' programme for young learners.

Other than this, we have a regular need for the following instruments: trumpets, trombones, saxophones (alto, tenor, baritone), tubas, cellos, violins, violas, marimbas, drum kits, pianos, keyboards, flutes, clarinets, bass guitars, guitars (acoustic, electric), pennywhistles, minor percussion. We also use PA equipment (speakers, amplifiers, etc) and music stands.

If you are interested in donating one of these items, or would like to find out more information, you can to make arrangements: shiloh@accessmusic.org.za / 060 788 8061.
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AMPlify us! – Instalment #4: Donate an instrument or equipment

Do you have an instrument sitting at home that you havent played for years? 🎹🥁🎷🎺🎸🎻 This instrument could be put to use and cherished by a young aspiring musician.

AMP welcomes donations of new or second-hand musical instruments. Donated instruments will belong to the programme itself, but are allocated to particular learners for the duration of their time at AMP, and the learners get to take the instruments home to practice. 

AMP has an immediate need for violins (1/2 size, 3/4 and full size), pennywhistles, and marching band / samba style percussion for starting our Early Access programme for young learners. 

Other than this, we have a regular need for the following instruments: trumpets, trombones, saxophones (alto, tenor, baritone), tubas, cellos, violins, violas, marimbas, drum kits, pianos, keyboards, flutes, clarinets, bass guitars, guitars (acoustic, electric), pennywhistles, minor percussion. We also use PA equipment (speakers, amplifiers, etc) and music stands. 

If you are interested in donating one of these items, or would like to find out more information, you can to make arrangements: shiloh@accessmusic.org.za / 060 788 8061.

Good luck to AMP learners who begin their mid-year music exams this afternoon!
Hit those high notes. I meant high marks!
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Volunteering at AMP is not only limited to music teaching, nor is it limited to individuals located in Makhanda.

Jenna Koyama, a student at Syracuse University in New York State, USA, designed AMP’s beautiful new logo and branding. Jobst Bodenstein, based in Makhanda, is assisting AMP with fundraising, legal advice, and NPO governance. This kind of support is of great significance to us and enables AMP to carry out its daily work. We are highly grateful to have benefitted from the expertise of these two wonderful people!

Are you interested in volunteering for AMP? AMP welcomes volunteers in a wide variety of roles. See our website for more info: accessmusic.org.za/donate or contact us: accessmusic.org.za/contact/

At the present moment, we are in search of volunteers for the following specific roles:
😃 designing marketing materials for AMP (once-off)
😃 social media & PR support (a few hours a week)
😃 marimba band facilitator (an hour a week)
😃 PrDP driver (couple of hours a week)
😃 fundraising support (a few hours a week)

If you are interested in assisting us with marketing and publicity or our social media campaigns, find out more via our forgood profile here: www.forgood.co.za/volunteer/crowd-funding-pr-designing-marketing-materials

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Volunteering at AMP is not only limited to music teaching, nor is it limited to individuals located in Makhanda.

Jenna Koyama, a student at Syracuse University in New York State, USA, designed AMP’s beautiful new logo and branding. Jobst Bodenstein, based in Makhanda, is assisting AMP with fundraising, legal advice, and NPO governance. This kind of support is of great significance to us and enables AMP to carry out its daily work. We are highly grateful to have benefitted from the expertise of these two wonderful people!

Are you interested in volunteering for AMP? AMP welcomes volunteers in a wide variety of roles. See our website for more info: https://accessmusic.org.za/donate or contact us: https://accessmusic.org.za/contact/

At the present moment, we are in search of volunteers for the following specific roles:
😃 designing marketing materials for AMP (once-off)
😃 social media & PR support (a few hours a week)
😃 marimba band facilitator (an hour a week)
😃 PrDP driver (couple of hours a week)
😃 fundraising support (a few hours a week)

If you are interested in assisting us with marketing and publicity or our social media campaigns, find out more via our forgood profile here: https://www.forgood.co.za/volunteer/crowd-funding-pr-designing-marketing-materials

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Here are some pictures of our learners at the 2019 SAC/DSG Music Festival last week. They enjoyed themselves, and we are thankful for these opportunities that allow the young music students to taste the stage. ... See MoreSee Less

@Perry-Mason Adams shares his experience of volunteering at AMP. ... See MoreSee Less

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