Plight of American Music Initiative
The Plight of American Music Initiative provides schools with an
educational packet that includes a program template to conduct
class discussions, including demonstrative exercises and suggested
questions and rebuttals to spark debate. Also a DVD/CD Soundtrack
of the stage play It's a Hardbop Life which was a New York JVC Jazz
Festival Special Event is available at no cost (S&H applies) as a discussion
tool. The play delves into relevant issues from the perspective of two
college students. You may order when you register or to order separately,
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A New Paradigm: Electronic and Non-Melodious Music in the MTV/Hip Hop Generation
Travis Bowerman, Director of Programming, Washington Performing Arts Society; Ashley Gauthier, media
attorney US News & World Report; Malcolm Inniss, former rapper and DJ, Radio One; Gregory Charles Royal,
former trombonist Duke Ellington Orchestra and Artistic Director American Youth Symphony; Ava Spece,
Executive Director, DC Youth Orchestra Program; Moderator- Susan Veres, Executive Director American Youth
The panel discussed several issues plaguing the future survival of traditional American music genre and
the current development of young audiences. The American Youth Symphony also announced a key project, a
reality talent show competition for instrumentalists similar the popular program American Idol which is for
vocalists. For a more in depth view at issues and reports presented at the conference please see
We need the participation of schools in this endeavor so that we may focus the young generation's attention to
this issue and garner their opinions and perspectives to make traditional American music something they will
enjoy and patronize.
Register your school, library or organization for the Plight of American Music Initiative and receive your Program
Discussion Guide and DVD/CD (optional) today. There are no fees to register.
*Optional DVD/CD requires S&H
AS YOU MAY KNOW, from jazz to rock and roll to hip hop, mainstream
America has always greeted the expressive music of young generations
with disdain. In spite of this, history has proven these musics to be a
valid part of American Art.
However, for the first time in our history, a generation-- from kids to college
graduates-- is being brought up on a diet of electronic, non-melodious
music. Criticism is no longer about the moral or philosophical content of a
young generation's music, but rather the way in which music comes to life --
which up until now was by performers playing musical instruments.
This new paradigm could render traditional forms of American music, such
as the symphony, opera or even jazz extinct as the current generation
reaches maturity and the current supporters have passed on.
The Plight of American Music Initiative is a free program being distributed to schools nationwide and
other interested institutions and individuals. It's purpose is to provide a format for discussing the
MTV/Hip Hop Generation's participation, appreciation and patronage of instrumental music .
The national conference for the initiative convened in Washington, DC at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Library on February 27, 2006. The event was listed on the Associated Press Daybook and was covered by WTTG
Fox 5 and the Voice of America. It consisted of a Town Hall Meeting and a Discussion Panel on the topic: