Beat Making Lab

 
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Beat Making Lab has finished our first season with PBS, releasing 39 episodes from several countries including Panama, Fiji, Kenya and USA (North Carolina).

We have won several awards including an Emmy for our Fiji Episode.

We have been planning on how to grow our international program, and make adjustments and changes moving forward. Our next Beat Making Lab is planned to be in India, and will make this lab as a pilot for TV instead of our normal shorter web episodes.  We are courting some well known names in India and the world to collaborate on this new lab, with the stories we tell and the work we do more compelling and more in depth.

We are also speaking with some great corporate sponsors about donating eqiupment and PR resources to get the awareness of our program to a greater audience, and to ultimately create positive change in the communities we collaborate with through music and video. 

Thank you for your support, and apologies for not having a report sooner.  Feel free to email us with any questions. BeatMakingLab@gmail.com

Stephen Levitin aka Apple Juice Kid

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The Beat Making Lab team has been just returned from Kenya!
We built our newest Lab in a vibrant community center in Nairobi called The Nest, with the help of an organization called The Rules to merge themes of tax justice, and political education and artistic expression. We held Beat Making Lab workshops, spoken word workshops led by Jamaican/feminist/lesbian poet Staceyann Chin, and digital power mapping workshops led by digital activist Ann Daramola (aka Afrolicious).
We will soon be releasing a short documentary follows one of our Beat Making Lab students, Moses, as he attempts to making a living in Nairobi by hustling jobs where he can. He was an active participant in our Beat Making Lab class, as well as Staceyann Chin's spoken word class, alongside dozens his Kenyan peers. The music video is a song co-produced by our students at The Nest. It features music, spoken word, and excerpts from Staceyann Chin's writing workshop, all mashed up into an anthem inspired by the theme: "All Oppression is Connected." As always, thank you for your support. Stay tuned!

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Kenya Lab
Kenya Lab

Hello,

We just got back from our first international lab of the year in Nairobi, Kenya.  We went with a non-profit called The Rules and were in a great local community center called The Nest.  

We are planning more beat making labs domestically and internationally this year including our hometown in Chapel Hill, NC, Miami, Anguilla, Palestine, South Africa and more.

We will continue to make videos and music with youth in the communities as we look forward to a great 2014.  We are also developing an app with little cloud collective geo-tagging sounds from around the world, connecting people and providing a sample base for beat makers to collaborate and share.

Kenya Lab 2
Kenya Lab 2

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Chapel Hill, NC Beat Making Lab
Chapel Hill, NC Beat Making Lab

Hello,

After completeing 5 countties over the past year, we have finally built a music studio domestically.  Last week we had our grand opening of our Chapel Hill, NC beat-making lab.  With support from Red Bull, Lenovo, UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill we have a free music studio for youth in the community.

We are planning the next stages of our international and domestic work, creating more labs and building community.  We are working on an app, and building our team.  We are also working with the US State Dept on developing more labs.

Please check our website for future updates: www.beatmakinglab.com

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Our first season of going to 5 countries has completed.  We have completed 5 labs in Congo, Panama and Senegal, Fiji and Ethiopia.  We are currently doing our domestic lab as a collaboration between our UNC-Chapel Hill class and the Chapel Hill, NC youth in the commmunity.  We  are releaseing videos every Wednesday with PBS on our youtube channell:  www.youtube.com/beatmakinglab.

We are also looking to set up locations for the Fall 2013, including possiblities in China, India, Palestine, Israel, Colorado, Miami, and more.  

Please check our progress on our website: www.BeatMakingLab.com.

We have included a picture from our Ethiopia lab, and a link from a great write up from SoundCloud as well.

Thanks for your support,

Stephen Levitin and Pierce Freelon

Ethiopia Beat Making Lab
Ethiopia Beat Making Lab

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Organization

Beat Making Lab

Durham, North Carolina, United States
http://www.beatmakinglab.com

Project Leader

Pierce Freelon

Durham, NC United States

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