Music Revolution Project students perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Music Revolution Project students perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall


CLEARWATER – Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the Grammy Museum’s acclaimed Music Revolution Project, an educational initiative developed in 2012, has begun at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, offering talented youth in the area the chance to engage in musical workshops, songwriting courses, mentoring sessions and record original material that they’ve written.

The tuition-free, four-week program will culminate when they perform their new work live on Friday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $10. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.r­uthec­kerdh­all.c­om.

The 15 carefully selected students range in age from 13 to 19 years and are from across the Tampa Bay region including Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, St. John’s and Hernando counties. In addition, this year two junior members, ages 11 and 12, will be participating.

“We are thrilled to be producing our fifth year of the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project, housed in the all-new Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall,” said Zev Buffman in a press release. Buffman is Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. president and CEO. “Through the passion and commitment of our staff and Grammy Museum partners, we will offer an incredible opportunity for students to work with industry leaders using state-of-the-art equipment.”

In addition, students will be offered career guidance and opportunities after the grueling Grammy month of courses. These opportunities will include opening for national and international artists, performing on the Freedom Boat Club Landing at Ruth Eckerd Hall prior to performances, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October and the upcoming Blast Friday concert series in downtown Clearwater.

“This project is but another example of how Ruth Eckerd Hall continues to promote the arts by giving students an opportunity to expand their talents,” said George N. Cretekos, mayor of Clearwater. “The performance will certainly delight the audience as our youth are showcased and recognized for their potential to become tomorrow’s stars.”

“This concert by our students at Ruth Eckerd Hall the past two years has been astounding,” said Frank V. Hibbard, partner, SVP, Steward Partners Global Advisory and former mayor of Clearwater. “The quality of the performance and the work done by these young adults in their teens proves why we all support the Hall and the education programs.”

Over the course of four weeks, students participate in an intensive “boot camp” like curriculum including instruction, rehearsals and mentoring with artists, directors and composers. The program is housed at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the all-new Murray Theatre, providing students with access to professional spaces as well as a private recording studio on-site.

Created to broaden musical and creative skills while helping establish professional relationships, the program is also designed to increase self-esteem, help students develop entrepreneurial skills and grow their ability to secure employment at a post high school age.

Returning for its fifth year, the workshop has previously allowed students to meet and engage in Q&A sessions with artists who were performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre including Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of famer Graham Nash, American Idol® Live, 3 Doors Down, Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses, Colbie Caillat and the musical director for Idina Menzel.

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