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The Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships

Why Music?

Music is vitally important to the quality education of the whole child, the development of the 21st century skills needed by employers and as a vital part of our economy. The Georgia Music Educators Association has compiled interesting data in each of these areas. You can learn more about this from the GMEA Brochure Why Music

The Scholarship Program

Thanks to a generous initial gift, Clayton State University and The Atlanta Music Project (AMP) have established a joint program that will provide endowed funding for AMP graduates to continue their education with the Clayton State Music Department. The Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships will provide monies for graduates of AMP, a music education program in metropolitan Atlanta for underserved youth, who want to continue their music education at the university in Morrow, Georgia. The scholarship funding will be utilized for students who major or minor in music at Clayton State. There will also be monies for internships for Clayton State students who are assisting young musicians in the AMP program. “This is an exceptional opportunity for our students,” explains Dantes Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project. “As a member of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory I was inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s world famous music education program. I was impressed with how they connected the learning of music to the building of community. AMP’s mission has always been as much social as it is musical and now that goal can continue through Clayton State and add the opportunities that a higher education can offer into the equation of success for our students.”

The Need

College costs have continued to spiral upward for many years, making college attendance very difficult for many of our youth. Even with the HOPE scholarship and Pell Grants, students are still facing $5,000 to $6,000 per year to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board. Even though student loans are available, the debt they are left with can be an ongoing financial challenge. Students who graduate from AMP’s rigorous program have proven themselves worthy as committed students and musicians. This scholarship will provide them with the financial resources needed to complete their education and begin a career.

The Challenge

In order to fully endow the scholarship program we need a total of $500,000 dollars. This will provide $5,000 per year to Atlanta Music Project graduates during each of their four years at Clayton State. It will also provide $1,000 scholarships to current Clayton State students who are interning with the Atlanta Music Project. While the initial gift to establish the scholarship provides a generous beginning, we need considerable financial support to reach our endowment goal.

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to Clayton State students in good standing who are recipients of the HOPE scholarship , eligible for Pell Grant assistance and major or minor in music. These scholarships may be renewed for up to three additional years if the student continues to meet all of the scholarship criteria. To qualify for the scholarships students must: 1. Be a registered Atlanta Music Project student in good standing from 8th grade through 12th grade 2. Must have completed a minimum of two full years as an AMP student between grades 1 and 5 3. Be a member of the Atlanta Music Project Academy by the end of 9th grade and remain a member in good standing through high school graduation. 4. Be accepted into the music program of Clayton State University

Music at Clayton State

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The Atlanta Music Project

Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free, music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. AMP’s mission is to inspire social change by providing Atlanta’s underserved youth the opportunity to learn and perform music in orchestras and choirs. Currently in its sixth year of programming and serving 200 students at four sites, AMP provides all students with an instrument, a teaching artist, classes and numerous public performance opportunities. AMP does not hold entrance auditions – the only requirement is commitment to attending all classes. AMP’s programs include: the AMP Orchestra; AMPlify, the choral program of the Atlanta Music Project; and the AMP Academy, providing advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students. AMP students have performed at the Woodruff Arts Center, the Rialto Center for the Arts and Spivey Hall. For more information visit

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Dr. Richard Bell discusses music at Clayton State and the scholarship program


Contact Us

For more information about the Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships please contact Dr. Richard Bell at or 678-466-4745.