Germantown Performing Arts Center In Memphis Announces New Acoustic Music Project

Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), located in Memphis, TN, has announced the Acoustic Music Project (AMP) to be held April 14-22, 2023. The Acoustic Music Project is free and open to all students aged 16-22. Applications are now open.

The Acoustic Music Project is a new program designed to inspire and uplift young musicians from across the United States. Sixteen or so young players ranging from 16 to 22 years old will be selected through a competitive application process to come to GPAC for 9 days of creativity, learning, performing and songwriting with internationally acclaimed acoustic musicians. 

Meals, tuition, concert tickets, local ground transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided to all participants for the duration of the program. All students under the age of 18 (at the time of the program) must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.

The AMP is open to young musicians and songwriters interested in one or more of a variety of musical styles: classical, bluegrass, folk, Americana, Celtic or any other traditional music. Some will also be soloists, songwriters or music interpreters. All will participate in an intensive week of music instruction alongside acoustic-music masters including Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn.

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Directing the 9-day immersive experience is Grammy-nominated guitarist Darrell Scott, accompanied by Bill Miller, a Native American guitarist and flutist, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Beth Nielsen Chapman. Each mentor was selected for their unique approach to songwriting, skill-strengthening and spirit-searching. When they aren’t jamming, creating or practicing with their new mentors, students will immerse themselves in the vibrant Memphis music scene and its remarkable history, visiting historic recording studios and meeting with award-winning producers, engineers and recording artists.

On Saturday, April 22, GPAC will showcase these talented musicians in the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, where they will perform original works created and refined throughout the course of the week.

All application materials (including reference letters) must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (CST) October 31, 2022.

For more information and to apply go to: Acoustic Music Project and GPAC.

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