Athens Music Project

Co-Directors

Susan Thomas, Associate Professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Institute for Women’s Studies

Jean Kidula, Associate Professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music and African Studies Institute

Description

The Athens Music Project (AMP) creates a platform for research, creative development, and shared expertise in, about, and for the diverse musical communities that make the city of Athens a unique location both regionally and nationally. Athens serves as a microcosm for multiple musical communities, the most prominent of them being the Southern independent rock scene. However, other areas include a variety of African-American musical traditions, both secular and religious; a growing jazz scene; bluegrass and other folk music traditions; the Latin American/Latino musical community; new music and conceptual sound art, as well as Athens’ historic role in both classical music and musical theater. AMP supports faculty and student research and creative activity, integrates critical engagement with the local community into the curriculum, and promotes a better understanding of the diverse and multifaceted nature of music in Athens and its role in the social, political, and economic life of the city and the state.

AMP’s priority is to learn from the expertise of those who have successfully developed models to study and contribute to local musical communities. With that in mind, AMP will program “advisory” events and roundtables focusing on production and community-oriented musical activism. AMP will also partner with the second annual Slingshot Festival, which blends music, art and technology, to develop its educational arm. A major component of this collaboration will be the AMP Symposium held in conjunction with Slingshot. AMP’s central research initiative focuses on the Morton Theater and related African-American musical forms. AMP will also partner with the Institute for Women’s Studies to highlight a performance component for the 2014 Women and Girls in Georgia conference focusing on the arts.

Associates

Freda Scott-Giles, Professor, Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies and Institute for African-American Studies

Richard Gordon, Director, Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

David Barbe, Director, Terry College of Business Music Business Program

Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Professor and Director, Institute for Women’s Studies

Mark Callahan, Director, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE)

Affiliates

Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Department of Theatre and Film Studies

Terry College of Business Music Business Program

Institute for Women’s Studies

Institute for African American Studies

Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE)

Slingshot Festival