|The Asbury Park Music Foundation (APMF) was named as one of four recipients of the Impact 100 Jersey Coast’s 2019 high-impact grants of $110,000. The grant will fund a new Music Business & Technology Youth Program as an extension to the existing Music Saved My Life programming, run in partnership by the APMF with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth and Lakehouse Music Academy. Kicking off in early 2020, the new program will engage under-served youth with a life-changing experience that leverages their passion for music into an education in technology and business. Using project-based, experiential learning, students will learn audio technology, video production, and media (record label) promotion while working as a team to produce, promote, and record the work of performing musicians.
The Impact 100 group awards grants of at least $100,000 to organizations for transformational change that can have a significant impact on the Monmouth County community. The 440 members cast their votes at the annual meeting after listening to presentations from five finalists. The APMF project had been presented in the finalist round in 2018 in the Arts & Culture focus area. The organization applied again in 2019 and the improved proposal and presentation proved worthy to be a grant recipient.
“We were inspired by the Impact 100 Jersey Coast organization to think big when developing our Music Business & Technology program,” said Jim Lenskold, Board Member of the Asbury Park Music Foundation. “We now have the opportunity to inspire under-served youth with a life-changing learning experience that will provide a path to prosperity while they creatively contribute to this great music community.”
The Music Business & Technology program will run after school in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth. The addition of this programming expands the appeal beyond music performance and will grow the base of children served. In addition to teaching valuable life skills, students will build job skills tied to the music economy and be inspired toward a path of higher education and higher income levels.
“We are excited to be partnering with the Asbury Park Music Foundation and Lakehouse Music Academy to build and expand upon the life-changing musical education programs that these organizations have developed,” said Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “Music has the ability to engage children of all backgrounds, abilities, and interests, and with this funding from Impact 100, the opportunities for our kids to explore their creativity and build their confidence will be greatly enhanced.”
Rowena Crawford-Phillips, Impact 100 Jersey Coast Grants Chair, added “We are thrilled to award the Asbury Park Music Foundation with this grant for their Music Business & Technology Youth Program. It was a rigorous selection process which included an in-depth application, financial evaluation, site visit, and presentation to our entire membership. APMF made a strong appeal and inspired our members with their vision to help the youth from Asbury Park learn tech-based career skills that will increase their economic mobility. We are so grateful for their dedication and commitment to our community and we are happy to be able to help them make an impact.”
APMF will have recruitment programs running in the local schools and at locations throughout the community. Qualified students interested in participating in the new program can apply at Lakehouse Music Academy starting immediately.
About Asbury Park Music Foundation
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth
With a professionally licensed staff, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County’s youth enjoy a variety of activities ranging from swimming in the Club’s pool to exploring the world of computers. Additional information is available at www.bgcmonmouth.org
About Impact 100 Jersey Coast: