Sony Music Group announced “Beyond the Instrument,” a new annual program designed to stimulate creativity, advance educational resources and promote career development in the music industry.
Save The Music and Music Forward are SMG’s first nonprofit partners for the program, according to the announcement. Together with Grammy-nominated artist Noah Cyrus, the initiative will begin with a virtual classroom discussion with students at Metropolitan Nashville Public School, led by Music Forward, where Cyrus will share his journey to becoming an author- successful singer-songwriter. It will also consist of a four-week series of music industry education workshops with students from Antioch High School in Nashville and will conclude with the delivery of musical instruments and technological equipment to schools. later this year.
The educational workshops provided by Music Forward are a series of music industry prep programs and will cover topics ranging from Music Business 101 and Music Marketing to Monetizing Creativity and more.
Designed to ensure equity and access to music education in school for all children, the Beyond The Instrument program will fund the Save The Music J Dilla Music Technology Grant, a full set of musical instruments , sound engineering equipment and technological software. Upon delivery at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, this new program will allow students at Antioch High School to learn the basics of creating, recording and producing electronic music.
Commenting on the initiative, Towalame Austin, Executive Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Impact, Sony Music Group said, “Beyond The Instrument is working with premier community partners, artists and songwriters to improve programming. music education and develop opportunities for underserved communities. We are excited to work with Noah Cyrus, Save The Music and Music Forward to continue SMG’s dedication and commitment to providing educational resources for the next generation of music professionals.
“Sony Music Group has brought together the best-in-class partners to make this happen for the students of Nashville, and Noah Cyrus has been a champion of music in schools and a partner of Save The Music for several years,” Save said. The Executive Director of Music, Henry Donahue. “We look forward to working with Music Forward to bring this program to life.”
“Music Forward is delighted to join Sony Music Group and Save The Music Foundation as an educational partner in connecting the passions of Nashville music students with professions in the music industry,” said Nurit Siegel Smith, Executive Director of Music Forward Foundation. “We are delighted to bring our programs to this partnership and provide the young participants with the information, tools and ideas that will guide them on their individual journey to success.