The AMP Music Summit provided by KCRW held its second online conference previously today, celebrating the power of partnership in between artists, magnate and local neighborhoods through music, storytelling, innovation, law and culture.
While the main arc of the AMP Music Top focused on culture-shifting modifications arising from COVID-19, a common style at AMP’s second event was the power of music to motivate smaller sized cities while constructing a sense of neighborhood and collective pride.
” It’s terrific to hear the stories of hope and that’s truly a great deal of what we’re trying to do with this conference,” said Simon Lamb, who in addition to Rebel Industries creator Josh Levine and Seth Combs co-founded AMP Music Summit previously this year.
” We want to provide a counter story to a lot of the headlines that we’re seeing day after day,” Lamb discussed during a discussion entitled “Blood, Sweat & Vision: Building Creative Community in Des Moines and Tulsa” that featured Tobi Parks with Station 1 Records and Dr. Lester Shaw with A Pocket Filled With Hope, which now operates the Historic Big 10 Ballroom, a 14,000 square-foot space he got for $180,000 in 2008.
Once a well recognized music location that hosted headliners such as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard and Ike and Tina Turner, the place is being renovated into a music, theater and community venue.
” All the artists here are willing to pitch in and collaborate since that’s where the present is. The present is not competition, the present is cooperation which is what we want to put together for the community,” said Parks, who anticipates to reopen the location next year in time for the 100 th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot Massacre.
Likewise known as the “Battle of Black Wall Street,” the 1921 attack that eliminated dozens of people and ruined a dynamic black community, was featured as a storyline in Bitter Root which was named best continuous series during the Will Eisner Comic Market Awards provided virtually during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
” We wished to do some historical minutes from around the Harlem Renaissance time period,” says Bitter Roots artist Sanford Greene, who was signed up with by Bitter Roots author Chuck Brown and David Walker for a panel called “Monsters, Storytelling and Unpleasant Truths: The Fertile Soil of Bitter Root.”
” Is tragic as it is, it had a lot of richness there,” Greene stated.
AMP Music Top frequently concentrated on business owners who discovered community in unforeseen locations through cultural connections.
” Music is a neighborhood good therefore much of our neighborhoods are constructed around music, art culture, places and the artists that are there. That’s what truly offers our neighborhoods vibrancy,” said Parks, the former director of copyright for Sony who transferred to Iowa from Brooklyn in 2015 with her better half and 2 children, hoping to provide their kids the very same experience they delighted in growing up in the midwest (Parks is from St. Louis).
After getting a grant from the Neighborhood Structure of Greater Des Moines, Parks partnered with an arts and entertainment venue called Des Moines Social Club, together with Drake University to introduce the non-profit Station 1 Records.
” We created this label to be something that not just was a type of entrepreneurship program for the artists, however it also assisted establish students that were at the university to actually work in a real life setting,” said Parks.
Music isn’t simply a way of connecting people, it’s also a tool for financial advancement explains Tommy Fight Jr., mayor of Huntsville, Alabama.
” Looking across the nation, we recognize that music has the potential of bringing in organisation to help your economy, of bringing individuals to your community and attracting the very best and brightest,” says Fight, who spoke on a panel with Billboard Dance editor Katie Bain about dealing with Noise Diplomacy’s Shain Shapiro to commission an assessment of the city’s music ecosystem and launch a nine-member Music Board.
” The innovative community that is here is just astounding,” states Celese Sanders with Encore Opera Huntsville, who said the Music Board’s objective early on was to cast a wide web to create a representative view of the city’s diverse music neighborhood. That allowed the board to rapidly interact with its members when COVID-19 required the closure of music spaces in April.
” The board has done resuming guides and a COVID relief guide,” Shapiro stated. “There’s far more communication now between regional entities to support artists” in the face of COVID-19 “which nobody could’ve planned for.”