My name is Justin Gillespie (known in the music world as Info Gates). I have been creating and producing music for more than 15 years. I am proud to be the creator of The Beat Academy of Kansas City.
I am an established hip-hop producer. Over the past 15 years, I have produced billboard charted songs, worked with Grammy-winning artists, and have toured the country, performing in more than 40 states.
I have also had the opportunity to work with students at a summer camp teaching them basics of music composition. Although music education of any type is great, I believe that this modernized musical option will be one that more younger students can relate to and be excited about.
The Beat Academy will be launching its first year of existence for the 2017-18 school year at the Plaza Academy in Kansas City, MO. I am a proud graduate of this school!
I am anxious to begin working five days a week with the great kids at the Plaza Academy for the up-coming school year (starting mid-August).
Through the Beat Academy classes, students will learn how to create original musical compositions. We sincerely believe that the outcome for students will be:
Ø Excitement about learning new skills
Ø Greater ability to focus, set and achieve goals
Ø Creative collaboration with others
Ø Overall increase in self-esteem
Ø Increased desire to excel in other classes (as students must earn the right to participate in this program)
Ø Opportunities for post high school education or career options
This method of education is new and unique in Kansas City. We have done a great deal of research and found that similar programs do exist and have been successful in major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Minneapolis among others.
YOUR DONATIONS IN ANY AMOUNT WILL HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF $8,500. Your contributions will enable us to purchase the necessary software and equipment we need to support this program.
Although we have secured some of the funding, we still need to purchase laptop computers and stands, midi interfaces, midi keyboards, FL Studio Software (12 copies), monitors, headphones, projector w/ screen, audio cables and external hard drives. We are really hoping to hit our funding goal by July 15th as classes begin at on August 15th.
If you can donate $250 or more, you will be recognized on our "Beat Academy Wall of Fame" which will be designed and painted by KC street art legend Sike Style.
For more info on The Plaza Academy visit – www.plazaacademy.org