Co-Founder & Executive Director, Atlanta Music Project
Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project (AMP) provides intensive music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Serving 120 students at three sites, AMP provides all its children with an instrument, a teaching artist, classes, and numerous public performance opportunities. AMP’s young artists have performed at Atlanta’s most prestigious venues, including the Woodruff Arts Center, Spivey Hall and Philips Arena. As of 2014, AMP offered programming for 4-6 hours a week, provided by 16 teaching artists and 10 volunteers.
Serving as Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dantes has raised over $1 million for AMP and he plans to help the program grow to serve over 300 students annually in the coming years. In 2010, Dantes was awarded $25,000 from AOL Artists’ 25 for 25 grant program. He was selected for Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100, a list of the nation’s most in uential African-Americans, and he is also the recipient of the McGill University Alumni Association’s 2014 James G. Wright Award. Dantes has spoken at conferences and symposiums including TEDxPeachtree, Digital Atlanta, Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and the Yale School of Music Symposium on Music Education. A passionate educator, his prior teaching credits include El Sistema in Venezuela and the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools program.
Recruited to the Sistema Fellows Program by Dantes, Aisha Bowden ’12 returned to Atlanta in 2013 to work alongside Dantes as the Co-Founder and Director of AMPlify, the choral program of the Atlanta Music Project.
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