Honorees and Performers for Voice Awards 7
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GMCLA’s “Alive Music Project” (AMP) is a unique music education outreach program designed for middle and high school students that uses song to create a powerful anti-bullying message.
Every year over 85% of LGBT students in American schools are physically or verbally abused, and anti-gay slurs are used as the insult of choice in schools, heard by students an average of 25 times each day.
For over thirty-nine years GMCLA has used music to overcome prejudice. With the Alive Music Project, we use song to teach acceptance and equality in schools. Now in its 11th year, the AMP program has reached nearly 60,000 students in schools throughout Los Angeles. Busting LGBT stereotypes through live music and personal sharing improves students’ self-esteem and helps them recognize and eliminate bullying of all types.
GMCLA’s Arts for Incarcerated Youth Program provides 12-week music education classes to youth in juvenile detention centers. The class meets California education standards while serving youth who would otherwise have no access to music education> it also carries with it the same pro-diversity, anti-bullying messaging that has been proven to change change hearts and minds through more than ten years of the Alive Music Project.
This year, GMCLA’s new Partnership for Los Angeles Schools initiative will provide a full term of music education in Los Angeles schools where music education programs have been slashed due to budget cuts and where students would otherwise have no opportunity to study choral music. Like the Alive Music Project and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Program, these programs meet California education standards while also teaching the value of acceptance and diversity.