WHAT WE DO
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
The AAMA is now in the process of an organizational restructuring and program revitalization. We plan to continue to offer the following events and programs as we expand our programs and services to better support our constituency and the community.
The Annual “Marvin Gaye Day” Celebration— This fundraiser, held annually since 1985, consists of the awarding of the AAMA’s Outstanding Community Service Award, acknowledgements by the Mayor and City Council of Washington, D.C. and a music concert featuring national and local acts.
Marvin P. Gaye, Jr.
Memorial Scholarship Fund—Through fundraising events and supporter contributions, the AAMA proudly assists deserving students in the pursuit of an education in the fine arts.
“Save the Children” Music Festival— This free event allows performing artists of all ages to showcase their talents and come together to promote the efforts of saving our children from abuse, neglect and street violence.
Business of Music Workshop— This activity brings music professionals and other professionals together to serve as panelists in an educational and informational workshop setting. The workshop, which includes a panel discussion, is primarily held in high schools East of the Anacostia River.
Youth Entrepreneurship Program— This program teaches youth how to become entrepreneurs in the music industry. Through exposure to extensive personal and career development, business development, and art enhancement training, youth are empowered to make informed choices and decisions about their lives and their careers.
Corporate Neighborhood Youth Project
The Corporate Neighborhood Youth Project specifically targets youth and families who live in Ward 7 & 8, and extends a solution based program of advocacy, health promotions, counseling, social and emotional development that will produce a cadre of young people who are conscious, community-oriented, responsible and accountable as leaders for the next generation. A production of a musical CD with positive reinforcing lyrics is the capstone product produced from this youth development program using music and the arts to attract challenged and disadvantaged youth for positive change and advocates of the same.
Back-to-work Readiness Program
This program teaches the students basic clerical office procedures, the principles of professionalism, proper office conduct and professional etiquette in a professional environment, etc.
For the last 30 years the African American Music Association has experienced great success providing community and youth development programs, events and opportunities to DC inner city youths. Many of the youth that AAMA have positively impacted have moved forward in life to experience a more positive and productive lifestyle.
Circles for Hope & Healing
This program allows us to engage the community on the important topics of Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Teen Gun Violence, Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Neighborhood Beefs in Wards 7 & 8. To accomplish this, we employed the process of Healing Circles in this year’s Community Conversations
agenda. This process allows us to discuss the many existing social, mental and behavioral issues prominent in our lives today, as well as, to identify solutions, actions, policies and programs to overcome these problems and issues.