We in the artistic
community must
make up lost ground
for our abandonment
and lack of guidance
of the younger
generation who we
now need for our own
future survival.
-Susan Veres,
Exec. Dir. AYS
"Put Music Back in the Marketplace"
Organization and Mission
                      a non profit organization    

Susan Veres- Executive Director  
Gregory Charles Royal- Artistic Director
Sara Keller- intern

The American Youth Symphony (AYS) was founded in
Washington, DC in 1982 and operates on a per program basis.
It's mission is to promote instrumental and vocal music in young
audiences via popular music genre in an effort to ensure the
future survival of instrumental and vocal music.   

In addition to the
Plight of American Music Initiative, AYS
also produced the stage play of
It's a Hardbop Life at the
New School University in New York City in 2004. The
organization has also been active in the state of Wisconsin
producing programs throughout the
University of Wisconsin
, public schools  and libraries and will distribute the
DVD/CD of the play to educational institutions worldwide.  

The American Youth Symphony also received funding from the
Wisconsin Humanities Council  for its program Backstreet
Boys! Blackstreet Blues!, a demonstration and discussion
about the impact of black music in America
, which received
critical acclaim.

In its most recent project AYS is producing a reality talent show
competition called
 America's Hot Musician. This televised
program will feature instrumentalists between the ages of 16
and 25 playing popular styles for three judges with the winner  
recording a solo album.

262 16th Street Southeast Suite 3
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-8849
Plight of American Music Initiative is a tradename and project  of American Youth Symphony in collaboration with
Susan Veres and Associates and GCR Music Company
Comments? Questions? Problems? Contact  patrons@hardboplife.com
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