“HEAR ME” is a multi-media project aimed to enhance our communities by shining a lens on the rich musical talent of the younger generation in the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass. By empowering our children to embrace and express their own individuality while inspiring them to accept the differences and similarities of others, we can effectively enrich the environment within our schools, and our society. This project will clearly illustrate the benefits of supporting Arts programs in every school and how these programs support the growth of strong, balanced and successful individuals.
The “HEAR ME” project will utilize professional audio and video recording equipment to capture individual and small groups of teenagers from all over the Pioneer Valley playing their instruments and sounding their voices to the same song. The raw footage will then be edited to create a “music video” highlighting the musical talents of our local youth. Not only can this video be utilized by schools to incorporate into their anti-bullying programs, or by after-school programs to highlight the power of individual expression, but this campaign for social change can be spread to every community through the various social media outlets as well. Our community can be the spark that lights the flame towards a more positive and accepting global community.
The inspiration for this project came from watching a video produced by “Playing for Change”, a non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. I share this organization’s commitment to create an environment for these young musicians to share their music freely, and I also hope to raise awareness and funding so to one day give back to our rich community of budding musicians
For this project to be successful, the video must be professional in every aspect. The people who commit to the project would have to be willing to work for credit only, as funding is not guaranteed for the project. Needed are audio technicians with portable recording equipment experienced with recording live music. Also needed are local videographers with HD equipment and strong filming and/or editing skills. I am currently seeking funding for the project, so any connections to organizations or foundations who offer grants for the arts or for projects which enhance the teenage community would be beneficial. Donations are also welcome.
Lastly, there would be no project without the kids. I would like to be connected with anyone involved in public or private teenage music programs from anywhere within the Pioneer Valley, so I can begin the process of getting the kids and their parents invested in the project.
Please have anyone interested in this project contact me at 413-588-7807 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com