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PRISON ELECTRONIC MUSIC PROGRAM

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Our prison electronic music program is geared to help those incarcerated prepare for a better future.   

These workshops are taught by professionals in the electronic music industry. Their objective is to teach music as a mood-shifter, peace-builder, promoting conflict resolution. Each student will be guided to recognize their own unique style and sound expression, understanding the historical context of electronic music.

Give A Beat was recently awarded two contracts by the California Arts Council to support these workshops as part of the Arts in Corrections program for the 2019-2020 season.


DJ/BEAT MAKING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH

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Our dj and beat making workshops introduce youth affected by incarceration to the fundamentals of DJ technique and performance, building the skilLS and confidence to pursue a career in music. 

This workshop is designed for students with little or no experience DJing. Students develop a hands-on understanding of DJing as a creative art form and expression. Taught by successful DJ’s, these incarcerated youth will experience hands-on learning of the software, hardware and techniques used by professionals.

Students will also learn about the role of the DJ; creating a positive environment, bringing together diverse people to dance together, connect, and even heal. Plus, they will learn about various career options within the larger scope of the music industry.


ON A NEW TRACK MENTORING PROGRAM

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our pilot program is a 1-1 mentorship that will connect creative artists and individuals with youth, ages 16-24.

The primary aim of the ‘On a New Track’ mentoring program is to empower our incarcerated youth by building and affirming their artistic talents and developing their entrepreneurial skills in order to improve employment outcomes. Mentors will also benefit from this relationship as they learn from their mentees’ experiences with the justice system and become better advocates for social change.


GIVING A BEAT: EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY

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Give a Beat was founded to positively energize the electronic music community around the devastating impact of mass incarceration. we encourage the electronic music industry to do more to help our incarcerated population.

Our programs are all about finding innovative solutions to a seemingly insurmountable problem. We work with like-minded organizations, empathetic artists, volunteers, and businesses to create opportunities for social change. We compel each other to restore dignity to those who have experienced injustice.

We draw on the positive elements of electronic music culture - a community that fosters peace, love, compassion, understanding and unity. We believe that music creates a culture of inspiration and hope that facilitates authentic and lasting personal and professional connections.