Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership (MAVPP) City-Wide Nonviolence Music Contest:
Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership (MAVPP) program organizers and the Morehouse School of Medicine faculty and other partners are using nonviolent music as a means to foster violence prevention among youth residing in the Atlanta area. The MAVPP is a chapter of the Georgia Violence Prevention Partnership (GAVPP). MAVPP pioneers are on a mission to decrease ALL types of violence including harmful school, street, and gang activity in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.
The plan is to use nonviolent music to empower youth through a healthy talent competition. The contest is for middle and high school students. This city-wide competition will help to stimulate constructive thinking and positively enable our young people with strategies to live fuller, safer lives.
Through participation in the competition, the youth learned to use their talents as a tool of prevention. They have encouraged a safer and more violence-free way of life among ALL Atlantans. Throughout this competition, the youth were able to increase their marketability by showcasing their musical talents. The competition resulted in a compilation of nonviolent songs from various genres in the form of an online playlist or compact disk for the finalists. The youth won prizes and an opportunity to share their talents as one of the finalists on the nonviolent music playlist.
Nearly 40 youth applied and auditioned for the music contest at The King Center on March 19th. Those applicants were then narrowed down to 10 finalist who participated in targeted workshops to learn life lessons and skills that will prepare them to resist violence and to become more successful in the music industry. The continued training involved in the competition will help the youth effectively meet the demands of contemporary society. Participating youth learned about work ethic in the music industry, marketing and business plan development, personal conduct in entertainment, and got to use studio recording equipment.
In the next phase of the competition, the contestants were narrowed down to the final three who worked to produce music and won thefollowing prizes:
- 1st Place: $500 cash- Album produced by celebrity producers and professional engineers, CD marketing and promotion, studio time, radio interview, magazine spread and more
- 2nd Place: $250 cash- Album produced by celebrity producers and professional engineers, and studio time
- 3rd Place: $100 cash- Album produced by celebrity producers and professional engineers, and studio time