Beat Making Lab

by Beat Making Lab


We build music studios in collaboration with communities all around the world. Donating laptops, microphones and software, our goal is to create positive social impact by giving youth the tools and training to make beats and songs.
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In many low-income neighborhoods and developing nations young people don't have the resources, education or software to create and record their own music. While many music enrichment programs exist, there is a dearth of practical training in music production and entrepreneurship; particularly with hip hop and electronic music. Beat Making Lab seeks to level the playing field by offering communities access to technology and rigorous instruction in music production.


We donate the most powerful musical instrument of the 21st century: a laptop. We also provide beat making software, keyboards and microphones; and train youth how to use them. After the training is complete, our studio remains in the community for sustainable use. In addition to fostering creativity and collaboration, this gives entire neighborhoods a new resource to generate income and connect with the world.

Long-Term Impact

We nurture long-term impact with a sustainable curriculum. Each student trained in the lab is responsible for training others in their community, with the numbers affected growing each year. A student from our Lab in the Democratic Republic of Congo stated it best, "When the instructors return to the US for us that will not be the end. It will be more like a continuation, or even a beginning for us because we will be able to teach others how to create their own beats."


Making beats with youth all over the world.
Apple Juice Kid: DJ, Drummer, Producer
Pierce Freelon: Educator, Musician, Artivist

Organization Information

Beat Making Lab

Location: Durham, North Carolina - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Stephen Levitin
Durham, NC United States

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