Help produce a Detroit Youth Volume violin hip-hop single

December 30, 2015 10:18 pm @ 10:18 PM – December 31, 2015 1:18 am @ 1:18 AM

Help produce a Detroit Youth Volume Violin Hip-Hop Single! See details below; get pumped.

$5,000 will be crowdsourced to reach our match for the Knight Arts Challenge Award BY THE NEW YEAR.

We will record an album featuring Eastside youth
performing classical Suzuki violin pieces with
three local hip-hop artists’ beats:

Choose your method of support:
1. DONATE TO OUR KICKSTARTER by December 30th, 2015
3. PURCHASE A HOLIDAY CARD in honor of a loved one:
4. SHARE this event page:

More about the album:
Our project celebrates, reflects and furthers what’s happening, and what’s BEEN happening, in the City of Detroit. With a professionally recorded album, we will show the world how we’ve integrated internationally-loved Suzuki violin repertoire into our own Detroit jams. Over 20 youth, ages six to eighteen, from Capuchin Soup Kitchen receiving free violin lessons through DYV will record, produce and publicly perform our album in the summer of 2016.

Album artists:
Detroit Youth Volume, violinists and album art co-designers
Sterling Toles, beat-maker, album co-producer, recording engineer
Stevie Soul, beat boxer
Nick Speed, beat-maker
Tunde Olaniran, album co-producer
Matthew Cross, recording engineer

Album Track List:
Twinkle with Beats (Suzuki Variation A) featuring beats by Sterling Toles
Lightly Row Beats in a Scroll, featuing beat boxing by Stevie Soul
Song of the Wind, featuring beats by Nick Speed

Album release party participating artists:
Tunde Olaniran, event production
Piper Carter, photography
Randall Jacobs, costumer

Album release party performers:
Detroit Youth Volume with beat-makers Sterling Toles, Stevie Soul (live), Nick Speed
Invincible, activist MC and friends
HardCore Detroit urban dance crew
CutTime Players classical ensemble

Album release party date:
August 2016

Album release party location:
TBA — have an idea? email us!

Did you win the People’s Choice Award?
DYV received 1,396 votes out of the total 6,800, which broke records! The People’s Choice winner was the Hamtramck Free School, who facilitates poetry classes called Writers Bloc for men in prison. The poets, many are fathers, did not want to take money from the competing youth organizations (DYV, Stitching Up Detroit and Heritage Works) so they opted to give their share to another organization on the condition that Knight Foundation would provide $20k to the remaining two nominees. At the awards ceremony, Knight president surprised the crowd by offering $20k to all four People’s Choice nominees!

DYV will put our $20k toward paying our violin teachers to provide PRIVATE LESSONS to all 23 students, which is new this year. Once we raise the match, our Knight Arts Challenge grant will cover the album project and some of the Group Classes.

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