Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is launching a new project to support the development of young songwriters and musicians in Manitoba. For the months of September, October, November, December, and January, one senior Aboriginal recording artist will serve as the AMP Mentor in Residence and answer questions about the business side of the music industry, equipment and instruments, recording, performing, songwriting, and musicianship.
The AMP Mentors will also be available for a limited number of classroom presentations at schools in Winnipeg.
The AMP Mentors are:
September, 2011 - Tracy Bone (country)
October, 2011 - Darren Lavallee (fiddle)
November, 2011 - Vince Fontaine (rock)
December, 2011 - Don Amero (folk)
January, 2012 - Billy Joe Green (blues)
If you would like an AMP Mentor to visit your classroom next school year, please contact Alan Greyeyes and provide the following information by June 29, 2011:
• The AMP Mentor you would like to book for a presentation.
• Your full contact information (name, title, phone, email, school, grade).
• The date(s) and time(s) you would like to book the AMP Mentor for.
• What you would like the AMP Mentor to do:
◦ Presentation about resources and funding available to artists in Canada
◦ Songwriting consultations for groups of one-to-five students
◦ Guitar lessons or fiddle lessons for groups of one-to-five students
◦ Presentation about the Mentor’s career in the music industry
Manitoba Music will do its best to fulfill your request.
The AMP Mentors will be available for individual consultations at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre each week and we encourage you to contact Alan Greyeyes if you have a student who would like to meet with a mentor on their own.
Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator