What is AMP?
AMP is a non-profit organization that puts on intensive music performance and music industry programming for students entering grades 6 through 12 living in the Coachella Valley. Our mission is to connect young musicians to an education that fits their musical interests and to create a community of up-and-coming performers and responsible citizens in the Coachella Valley, while giving students a creative and positive outlet to express themselves and connect with other like-minded musicians. The program focuses on playing in bands, instrumental/vocal/stage skills, collaboration, creativity, and performance. AMP holds a weeks-long summer camp (AMP Summer Camp) and year-round after-school programs (AMP Fall & Spring), both led by qualified and passionate band coaches.
What do you do in AMP?
AMP operates through small ensemble-based learning...aka "rock bands." Musicians are put into bands and then expected to work with their band to create original music and cover songs to develop a performable setlist, led by our experienced and passionate band coaches. AMP Fall and Spring involves weekly rehearsals to hone musical and social skills, culminating in performance opportunities around the Coachella Valley. AMP Camp involves challenging and fun days of workshops, masterclasses, gigs, team building, jam sessions, creating, collaborating, and performance. And lunch.
When and where is AMP?
AMP Fall and Spring rehearsals are held at the AMP Studio in downtown Indio (82719 Miles Ave).
AMP Camp is usually held in a larger facility with one of our community partners. Visit AMP Summer Camp to learn more about this year's camp location.
How much does it cost?
AMP is a non-profit program whose leadership and donors strive to serve all qualified young musicians in the Coachella Valley, regardless of financial situation. AMP Fall and Spring programs cost $400 for 12 weeks of rehearsals and performances. AMP Camp costs $999.
AMP is happy to also offer full and partial Tuition Aid to families who cannot afford AMP's programming. Read more about our Tuition Assistance programs on our website. And feel free to contact us with any concerns - we want to make it work. firstname.lastname@example.org
What instruments/genres should audition?
AMP is open to all musicians/vocalists interested in playing in bands, performance, creating, collaborating, and looking to gain experience in the music industry, though we generally put together bands with vocalists, keyboardists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers.
How do I audition for AMP?
Visit our AUDITIONS page to sign up for one of our upcoming auditions! To be the first one to hear about future audition dates, please fill out the Interest Form on our website and/or send us an email at email@example.com
I am interested in audio production, stage management, and technical aspects of the music industry. How do I audition?
If you are not an instrumentalist or vocalist but seriously interested in music creation, production, stage and sound, or electronic music, please sign up for an audition time and be prepared to present your skill set, tools, and a brief portfolio of your interests. The audition panel will consider making a place in the program for anyone looking to create and collaborate.
Will there be a concert?
Do you provide private lessons?
AMP is not a lesson program and should not be used as a substitute for individual lessons. Throughout the Camp session, lessons specialists will conduct group classes and provide some individual instruction. Most of the vocal/instrumental instruction will be in groups. In our AMP Jams program, we do not currently provide private individual instruction, and highly encourage individual lessons outside of AMP to supplement the group skills we teach.
Can I attend only part of AMP?
It is our hope that all participants will be able to attend all of the dates. If you anticipate a conflict, please let the audition panel know at open call.
I play a wind/non-rock-band instrument. Should I audition?
Yes. Although a typical “rock band” format is one of the other vehicles for the AMP program, we want to encourage musical experimentation, alternative musical styles and genres, and each participant to find their own musical voice. That being said, accordion, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, concert band and orchestra instruments and any other instruments are welcome to apply.
AMP also offers a specific scholarship for brass players, in memory of Steve Madaio. Read more about our Steve Madaio Memorial Scholarship Fund here.
I have never played in a band. Will I fit in?
If you have been playing an instrument or singing on your own but never in a group this is a perfect opportunity for you.
I have never played an instrument and would like to start. Is this a good opportunity for me to start?
Probably not. This year we expect some level of proficiency to play and communicate with your band. It would not be easy for a beginner with no experience on an instrument to commit to the responsibilities of playing music with a band.
Do you provide instruments?
Amplifiers, piano, drumset, and microphones (a backline) will be provided for audition + rehearsals.
More questions? Please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org