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Berklee City Music Network Conference Presents “American Popular Music III: Innovations in Youth Development.” Speakers include Terri Lyne Carrington and Kevin Eubanks Nov 205
(Published: November 02, 2014)

Berklee City Music Network Conference Presents "American Popular Music III: Innovations in Youth Development," November 2-5, in Los Angeles, CA

Key Speakers and Event Hosts Include: Ron Weisner, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Libby Chiu, Kenny Lattimore, Shoshana Bean, Tanya Hart, Petri Hawkins Byrd, Kevin Eubanks and Terri Lyne Carrington

This year's Berklee City Music Network Conference (BCMN) will take place November 2-5, in Los Angeles, CA, and will be co-hosted by BCMN site A Place Called Home. Hundreds of people will be in attendance, including music educators, City of Los Angeles representatives, NARAS and Grammy representatives, philanthropic foundations and key philanthropists, arts advocates, and families from the L.A. area. The theme of this year's conference is "American Popular Music III: Innovations in Youth Development." It will feature presentations and panel discussions about providing access to quality and diverse music education for students from underserved communities across the country.

The four-day event will feature keynotes, roundtable discussions, master classes, networking workshops, panel discussions and more. Educators and students have been inspired by past speakers and award-winning artists such as George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic; Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington; producer Al Bell; celebrated philanthropist, author, Harvard professor and Cofounder and Cochairman of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium Jeffrey Walker; music director Rob Lewis; and jazz artists Kirk Whalum and Nnenna Freelon.

"When we first looked at expanding our focus on urban youth outside of Boston, we thought of A Place Called Home in south central L.A. as our first charter member of the Berklee City Music Network, and 13 years later we are returning to the city with 47 member sites from around the country all focused on enabling youth to thrive musically, academically, socially and emotionally, primarily through the study of American popular music with little cost to the students or their families." -- J. Curtis Warner, Jr. Founder and Executive Director of the Berklee City Music Network

On Sunday, November 2, local youth and their families are invited to a free outdoor festival starting at noon in downtown Los Angeles at the California Plaza for Youth Power-Up Day. The Plaza will come alive with performances by singer and guitarist Raul Pacheco of the Grammy-winning group Ozomatli and folk/blues/punk artist Sunny War; a jam session with local youth hosted by Kevin Eubanks, former leader of the Tonight Show band; a drum circle hosted by REMO drum makers; and Tanya Hart and Petri Hawkins Byrd as co-MC's, plus performances by student ensembles and music resources for local families.

The conference continues Monday, November 3, through Wednesday, November 5, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza with a series of themed days, which include: The Challenge of Change, Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, and Exceeding The Vision. Featured key speakers include Terri Lyne Carrington with special guests Lalah Hathaway and Patrice Rushen; Ron Weisner will be leading panel discussion The Challenges of Change: Remaining Fresh, Being Creative, Developing for Tomorrow's Industries, with guests Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Bobbie Colomby, Ray Chew and Tommy LiPuma; Libby Chiu will lead a series of networking workshops, and Kevin Eubanks will deliver a presentation titled "Educating for Excellence."

The Conference will also feature a master class on Monday, November 3, at the Grammy Museum at
L.A. LIVE. Five student ensembles from BCMN sites were selected to participate. They will be coached by leading industry artists including American Idol alum Ashley Rodriguez, R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, and Broadway singer Shoshana Bean, then will perform for a panel of celebrity clinicians, including celebrity vocal coach, Nick Cooper.

Complete registration information for the conference and concerts can be found at http://www.berklee.edu/berklee-city-music-network/conference-2014. Both three-day and single-day passes are available for purchase.

Press credential applications and guidelines can be found here.

About Berklee City Music Network
Berklee City Music is a nonprofit program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to provide music education to 4th through 12th graders in underserved communities at 47 Network sites, educating over 28,000 students across the country. With year-round instruction, the Berklee PULSE™ Music Method online music education platform, expert faculty, individualized mentoring and a comprehensive curriculum, Berklee City Music combines the breadth of Berklee College of Music resources, facilities and available scholarships with an environment of attention and encouragement. Youth receive the tools and support they need to flourish as students, musicians and, perhaps most important, confident and well-rounded individuals ready to shape the world. Since its inception, Berklee City Music has awarded scholarships to over 1300 students to attend the Five-Week Summer Performance program and 223 full and partial-tuition Berklee College of Music scholarships.

More Information: http://www.berklee.edu/berklee-city-music-network/conference-2014

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