Camden awarded music series grant
The Town of Camden has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host a six-week program series of documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. The films will be screened at Camden Public Library and include live performances, beginning in early 2013.
The town, in partnership with Camden Public Library and Bay Chamber Concerts, will host the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, mambo and hip-hop.
Camden is one of 50 sites nationwide — the only site in Maine, noted Sen. Susan Collins — selected to host this program series. “America’s Music” is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in consultation with the American Library Association and the Society for American Music; and is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“We are thrilled to participate in this exciting program that will help introduce different types of music, show how modern music has been influenced by older styles and bridge gaps among generations” said Brian Hodges, Camden's development director.
“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series. “America’s Music” is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of 20th-century American popular music. Instead, each screening and discussion session will examine key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.
For additional details, contact Hodges at 236-3353 or email@example.com.