Sony Audio Group Expands Over and above the Instrument Initiative

Cat Burns, KayCyy, DIXSON, Adam Lukas and James Everingham Named Most recent System Ambassadors and On-Website Event Mentors  

Now in its 3rd yr, Notes for Notes® and Fender Play Foundation® will be a part of to Boost Audio Creativeness, Education and Job Development in the US and British isles Tunes Industries  

Application Held at the Boys & Ladies Club of Metro Los Angeles – Watts-Willowbrook Clubhouse on February 1 and Harris Academy Greenwich university in London on February 9

New York, NY – January 30, 2022 – Sony Songs Group (SMG) currently announced the world wide growth of its annual Over and above The Instrument initiative. Now in its third calendar year, the program will contain educational activations in the U.S. and U.K. all over the thirty day period of February, offering international sources and publicity to songs experts and creatives and collaborating with group partners to support put together potential tunes leaders. Since its start, Over and above The Instrument has donated countless numbers of dollars’ truly worth of instruments, tools, software program and curriculums as nicely as furnished mentoring and is on focus on to guidance almost 10,000 learners about the class of five a long time. This calendar year, SMG will function with non-earnings partners Notes for Notes® and Fender Perform Foundation® to provide tunes education and learning to students by modern and sustainable programs that set instruments and mastering applications instantly in the classroom.

On Wednesday, February 1 – in advance of the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Over and above The Instrument will start in Los Angeles, California at the Boys & Women Club of Metro Los Angeles – Watts-Willowbrook Clubhouse. Collectively with Sony Songs artists, songwriters and composers, Boys & Women Clubs youth members will sign up for a discussion with KayCyy, DIXSON, Adam Lukas (Bleeding Fingers Songs) and James Everingham (Bleeding Fingers Songs), developed to encourage U.S. attendees’ personalized progress and musical aspirations. In addition, national non-gain business Notes for Notes® with the assist of SMG, will also open up its most significant recording studio in LA at the clubhouse offering club members with calendar year-round totally free entry to take a look at, generate and file songs. With accessibility to guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ and creation gear, as properly as headphones and microphones donated by Sony Electronics, the totally outfitted electronic recording studio for aspiring young artists will get the job done along with a proficient Producer to build their abilities as artists, producers, engineers and movie/Tv composers.

The program will start for the to start with time in London, England on Thursday, February 9, at Harris Academy Greenwich, a university in south east London, prior to the BRIT Awards. Joined by Sony Audio artist and triple BRIT Award Nominee Cat Burns, the learners will get a prospect to accomplish and then take part in an lively dialogue about Burns’ profession – and the evolution from staying a BRIT School scholar and busking on the Southbank, to acquiring the greatest debut strike and best solitary by a feminine artist in 2022 with Go. The college was picked in partnership with music education charity Restore the Audio United kingdom (RTM), who gained a Sony Audio United kingdom Social Justice Fund grant in 2022. RTM observed that school has an excellent report in establishing its songs program and also won the RTM ‘Battle of the Bands’ competitiveness previous yr. Fender Perform Foundation® will provide instructional workshops and core new music and audio devices to taking part students and academics thereafter. Established in 2019, the Fender Perform Foundation® (FPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization on a mission to equip, teach and inspire the subsequent generation of gamers by way of music by offering entry to instruments in educational facilities that want it most and has presently gifted guitars, basses and ukuleles to above 15,000 learners in the United States. This partnership is the Foundation’s to start with in the Uk.

“It’s a privilege to continue Sony Music Group’s Beyond The Instrument plan this year and to spouse with initially-class local community partners, artists and songwriters to encourage and enhance songs instruction programs,” mentioned Towalame Austin, Government Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Influence, Sony New music Team. “Developing prospects to aid below resourced communities – now to also consist of the United kingdom – is section of the Company’s general world-wide providing strategy and I appear forward to observing what these students build in the future and on their paths to starting to be amazing tunes experts.”

“We are so thrilled to be expanding in Los Angeles in partnership with Boys & Ladies Clubs of Metro LA,” claimed Phil Gilley, Notes for Notes® Co-founder/CEO. “This studio marks our 26th and initially in partnership with a important tunes business, Sony Songs Group, who have proven with their aid how focused they are to acquiring the following technology of artists.”

“We grateful to our associates at Sony Songs Team and Notes for Notes® for the prospect to expand our audio programming,” said Patrick Mahoney, CEO of Boys & Women of Metro Los Angeles. “Access to music is a core concentration for BGCMLA and this studio will amplify possibilities for our Club users to check out their creative imagination and put together for the potential.”

“Through the Fender Play Foundation, we’ve witnessed firsthand how supplying accessibility to devices and audio education can actually change life,” mentioned Aarash Darroodi, FMIC EVP, Normal Counsel and President for Fender Perform Basis.  “We’re thrilled to sign up for forces with Sony Songs Team to even more our mission and give even additional youthful people the option to understand and specific them selves through audio, fostering relationship and community about the entire world.”

Due to the fact 2021, the Beyond The Instrument program grant aims to speed up equity and entry to slicing-edge songs know-how education for pupils in large-need to have universities, situated in traditionally excluded communities. To day, the system has been active in California, Tennessee, and Florida. The 2022-2023 program is developed to collaborate with initially-course local community partners, artists, and songwriters to enrich music education courses on a world-wide scale.