Urbana Arts and Culture Grant funds All Score Urbana: Community of Song Project

Urbana Arts & Culture Program recently announced its 2021–2022 grantees, including this summer’s All Score Urbana: Community of Song project. As always, All Score Urbana seeks out grants and other funding so participants (Champaign-Urbana residents) never have to pay to participate in activity.

This summer’s opportunities will feature teaching artists ShayLyssa Alexander, Thereza Lituma, Michael McAndrew, Michaela Wright, and myself. We’ll be looking to support existing and new projects focused on a songwriting, spoken word, and related areas of expression. We have begun reaching out to other creators in the community and hope to have rich collaborations with local poets, writers, instrumentalists in addition to songwriters, spoken word artists and singers of all ages.

We are currently firming up the exact scheduling but the basic timeline is:
• We will announce specifics dates and have an online sign up form so we can best figure out how to collaborate and connect participants with what we’re offering (general curiosity, just attending concerts or workshops, or out of the box ideas are ALWAYS welcome!)
• Late June to end of July: online workshops, one on one support, and pairing participants with the singer/performer of their choice.
• Mid-September: participants deliver songs, spoken word, and other works for the teaching artists
• January or February 2021 we will be presenting the works on a virtual concert with Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center’s Sounds Like Community Concert Series.

For more information, contact me through the contact link above or at allscoreurbana@gmail.com.

University of South Florida International New Music Festival Presents DuoTube

I am very grateful to USF for staging its 2020 International New Music Festival in a safe, online way. DuoTube was selected and USF’s students did a wonderful staging of it. The link is set to play from that part of the concert, but I highly recommend watching the entire concert.