Dantes Rameau

COMPANY:  Atlanta Music Project

AGE: 30

LOOKING FOR:  Music teachers, fundraising strategy development, partnerships and donations

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As a child, was privileged with access to enrichment activities that shaped his ambitions, academic experiences, and sense of self-worth.

He participated in several activities before eventually committing to music, and became a career musician after earning a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance at Yale University’s School of Music. While enrolled at Yale, Rameau spent a year as an assistant music teacher in inner-city New Haven, Connecticut where he learned two things; how amazing kids are and the lack of access to the high quality music education he received.

This was the inception of the Atlanta Music Project (AMP), his non-profit that provides an intense music education for at-risk youth. In preparation to launch AMP, Rameau spent one year studying the acclaimed non-profit “El Sistema”, a Venezuelan system of youth orchestras for which the Venezuelan economy has been estimated to reap an outstanding $1.68 on every dollar invested. The Atlanta Music Project’s mission is derived from the belief that “music is one of the best vehicles for youth and community development.” Rameau has successfully sold that vision to the likes of Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting, Emory University and several other funders, acquiring $600,000 in donations over AMP’s 2013 fiscal year.

“I have not only seen it happen in Venezuela, I’m seeing it happen to our students right here with AMP,” says Rameau. Currently overseeing three employees and 20 instructors, he has incorporated the model of El Sistema into his musical programs to continue impacting students’ lives.