ACM Lifting Lives Partners With Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
May 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM (PT)
ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) LIFTING LIVES has once again partnered with the VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER to launch a vocational experience for young adults with developmental disabilities. "ACM LIFTING LIVES SERIES AT VANDERBILT" will be on a monthly basis for the next eight months.
“The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC LIFITING LIVES has seen the power of music in its sponsorship of the weeklong annual ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP at the VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER,” said ACM LIFTING LIVES Manager HANNAH MARTIN. “If one week each summer can be transformative, we realized we could make an even greater impact by providing a more extended experience. We’re so proud of the generous response of persons at every level of NASHVILLE’s music business, which helps make this possible.”
“We’re thrilled at the fantastic opportunity that ACM LIFTING LIVES SERIES at VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER is providing,” said VANDERBILT KENNEY CENTER Director ELISABETH DYKENS. “Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are significantly unemployed or underemployed, when they have so much to offer. Helping to raise employment aspirations and develop employment skills are a high priority at the VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER. ACM LIFTING LIVES and so many associated with NASHVILLE’s entertainment industry are making a huge difference by providing these vocational experiences.”
Ten participants, ages 20 to 35, were selected for this pilot project, and the first session, on songwriting, was held TUESDAY, APRIL 23rd. Over the next eight months, participants will experience many aspects of the music business. The goal of the series is to help prepare the young adults for internships or jobs in a music-related field.
For more information, visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.