Asbury Park Music Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign to Support Youth Music
“We are providing a place for the young adults in our community, who are unable to participate in live music events due to age restrictions, a place to be creative and focus on positive interests that are beneficial to their growth,” said Executive Director of the Asbury Park Music Foundation, Matt Hockenjos.
The primary goal of the venue is to host weekly events under the umbrella of their youth initiative program, Music Saved My Life. The initiative caters to over 600 underserved students in Asbury Park and neighboring communities. Programs include the Hope Academy Charter School Music Program (over 200 students), the Hip-Hop Institute at the Boys & Girls Club (over 400 students) and the Asbury Park Summer Recreation Music Program (over 30 students). In addition, the Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to students to participate in group music lessons and grants students donated musical instruments. Events at the new venue include teen nights, open mics and art exhibits.
“We are excited by the significant growth of our youth initiative program that necessitated a larger space,” said Tom Gilmour, President of the Asbury Park Music Foundation.
In 2012, the Foundation opened Where Music Lives – headquarters, exhibit and performance space located on the infamous Cookman Avenue. Although a desirable location, the Foundation’s needs to achieve their goals and objectives outgrew the facility. The new venue will be complete with a mobile stage, top-line PA system, stage lighting, musical instruments, soundproof walls and ceilings, a sales area, a box office and a large office space/green room. This will be the ideal venue for young artists to showcase their talents in downtown Asbury Park.
Construction of the new building is underway and expected to be completed by the beginning of May 2016; the move has been scheduled for late May. The venue will be located on the first floor of the previously vacant three-story structure located at 621 Lake Avenue, located adjacent to the current Lakehouse Music Building. Other tenants include Bands on a Budget, Monmouth University Music Department, Russo Music, CoWerks, Holtz Photography, Swagger and Blade Barbershop and Lakehouse Music Academy & Recording Studios.
“The APMF is thrilled to be a part of the growing music community in Downtown Asbury. We look forward to collaborating with artists and businesses in our backyard” stated Hockenjos.
For more information please visit gofundme.com/SupportAPMF.
The Asbury Park Music Foundation is a New Jersey 501(c)3 public charity founded in November of 2011 in response to the overwhelming success of the Smithsonian Institution’s Main Street exhibit: “New Harmonies; Celebrating American Roots Music.” The foundation was set up to preserve, exhibit and promote the City of Asbury Park’s rich musical heritage – past, present and future – and to contribute to the City’s revitalization by securing Asbury Park as a musical destination.