Grove Studios and Leon Speakers Launch New Fellowship

Leon Speakers and Grove Studios launch Amplify Fellowship, which intends to increase the volume of African-American voices in Washtenaw County.

Leon Speakers and Grove Studios are excited to announce the Amplify Fellowship, an audacious program intended to increase the volume of African-American artists in Washtenaw County. Additionally, Leon Speakers is committed to supporting three African-American artists with the recording and engineering of their next musical projects.

This fellowship came into being earlier this summer. The partnership between Leon Speakers and Grove Studios encompasses artistic development, collaborations with the community through service, and experiential learning at both Grove and Leon Speakers. 

“We are extremely excited about this partnership with Leon Speakers. This type of access gives our local musical community an extra boost and a seat at the table. As we have seen recently, all of us are responsible for addressing the inequity that plagues our society, and we respect that both organizations want to do their part. The fellowship’s workshops and network development will support Grove’s vision of turning Washtenaw County into a true hub of innovation, musically and otherwise,” said Rod Wallace, Educational Programs Coordinator at Grove Studios.  

Three fellows will be selected after participating in an application and interview process. Once chosen, applicants will receive 40 hours of studio time at Grove Studios as well as engineering and production support for creating an upcoming project. Some of the music created will be included as part of an annual compilation album that will also feature other artists who frequent Grove Studios. The album will help benefit local community organizations as well.

To apply, applicants need to be African-American, a resident of Washtenaw County, be passionate about music, interested in making a difference, and over the age of 18. 

The fellowship application deadline is October 19. For more information, visit the Amplify Fellowship website

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