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Help Us Find a Community to Bring Our Beats To

Pierce Freelon


I build studios [called Beat Making Labs] in cultural centers around the world and train youth in the art of beat making - and I'm on the hunt for vibrant communities to partner with! I've already put in work with amazing youth in Goma, Portobelo, Dakar, Suva and Addis Ababa and we're looking to grow. The goal is to create positive social impact by giving youth the tools and training to make beats and songs. Do you know of a community or youth group that needs this?

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  • Shilpi Gupta

    There's an AWESOME joint Israeli-Palestinian group in Jerusalem called Heartbeat using Hip Hop for peace!! You should check them out!

  • Tope Eletu-Odibo

    Austin TX would welcome this, alternatively there is Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria where the youths are hungry for beats and music.

  • Jennie C

    I'd love to have you come to my community in San Fernando, CA!

  • teleny

    Aren't there enough people of color making music? Aren't there enough poor kids convinced that they have what it takes to make it in the music business, despite the fact that the music business is rapidly imploding? How many musicians can a global economy support? OK, self-expression is great. Art is sublime. But shouldn't these kids be doing something that could actually support themselves, like electronics or growing food, rather than making affluent first-world people feel better about themselves?

    • Victor Ware

      I agree. We have enough musicians. We should take finger painting out of kindergarden too. There are too many young kids believing that they could be artists. Don't they know that all artists starve! Why not replace recess with something more constructive? If you ask me, we should have never gotten rid of child labor. Think about all the work experience they would have by 3rd grade!

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Music can help people think in different ways- and that can translate to the job world. While I see your point, as I was an arts major who took a long time to find a job that could support me, I firmly believe the arts helped me become a more well-rounded individual that can now bring a variety of skills to the table at my current job.

      • teleny

        Yes, but that was because you had an economy that could support an entertainer, as opposed to a farmer or maker. Living in a working class Black neighborhood, every kid "knows" that they're a model, a musician, or a sports star -- and all it takes for them to be a multi-millionaire is luck and self-esteem, the latter of which they have in abundance. So much, in fact, they don't have to do well in school, be courteous, or think about much of anything other than their *Dream*. Pointing out that there are x many jobs on top of the music, fashion, or sports industries and that their chances of being there are similar to their chances with the State Lottery just doesn't register...or for that matter, the idea that you can have a career doing anything but being in the spotlight, that might not be so glam, but pays well nonetheless. In short, this looks like a First World job that looks virtuous that doesn't really benefit anyone but the one that holds it.