Beat Making Lab

by Beat Making Lab

We are still in the revamping process of bringing our program from a web series on PBS to a TV show with a major network.  There is not a lot of news to report.

We are going to New York City next week to meet with Deepak Chopra and his team to discuss the logistics of bringing the lab to India.

We are also planning on meeting with the tourism board of Haiti to discuss doing a lab there.  Several people have reached out from Haiti and it looks promising.

We are also getting an award from the Hip Hop Education Center on November 11 for our program, Beat Making Lab.

In the new year we should have a lot of news as to the direction we will be taking.

Thanks for all your support,

Stephen Leviitn


India pre production
India pre production

After a long break, we have now decided to explore a Beat Making lab in India.  After meeting Deepa Chopra last year, his team has committed to helping bring a Beat Making Lab to India.  

We just got back from a pre-production trip to Bangalore, India.  We met a great community center to host the lab, and have lots of local support from the musicians, dancers and entrepeneurs.  Attatched are pictures from our pre-prodution trip last week.

Our next step is to make sure we have the funds to complete a lab.  We are interested in making a longer form video (either a TV show 30 minutes or doc film) instead of our normal short web series.  We are also considering going to several cities in India, with the youth from previous labs and the India lab being the leaders/instructors.  It would be interesting to go very in depth in one country, instead of moving around so much like we have done before.  With Deepak and his team's support, this is possible.

Thanks for your support and feel free to email if you have any questions.

Stephen Levitin




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.

Stephen Levitin aka Apple Juice Kid


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!


Kenya Lab
Kenya Lab


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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Beat Making Lab

Location: Durham, North Carolina - USA
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Project Leader:
Stephen Levitin
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