We have developed an interconnected series of programs that can serve as a model for other communities to develop a more equitable and diverse roots music community. We are committed to sharing what we have learned, and assisting other musicians, educators, and organizers in developing their own versions of this model to work for them.
The bedrock of our model is an ongoing program that's accessible to the communities you aim to serve. In South Seattle, our instructors teach after school classes twice each week at Washington Middle School. These classes, and our partnership with the school's music director, Beth Fortune, allow us to maintain a core group of musicians who work with us 6th - 8th grade, perform at the events of our partners, and demonstrate eligibility for our scholarship programs.