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April 14-22, 2023
Made possible by the Arney, Gronauer and Scheidt families

We are thrilled to announce our first Acoustic Music Project (AMP) to be held April 14-22, 2023.

AMP is open to young musicians and songwriters interested in one or more of a variety of musical styles: classical, bluegrass, folk, Americana, Celtic or any other traditional music. Meals, tuition, concert tickets, local ground transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided to all participants for the duration of the program. 

Be prepared to provide the following in your application:

  • Two single-track audio or video submissions: one solo performance and one with accompaniment.
  • A personal statement of 250-500 words about why you want to attend AMP 2023.
  • Optional: recommendation letter and contact information from at least one reference, who must be someone who can speak to your musical abilities.

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  • All students under the age of 18 (at the time of the program) must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. 


The Acoustic Music Project (AMP) is a new program designed to inspire and uplift young musicians from across the United States. Sixteen or so young players ranging from 16 to 22 years old will be selected through a competitive application process to come to GPAC for 9 days of creativity, learning, performing and songwriting intended to spark years of musical growth.

Selected musicians will share a dedication to their craft and be skilled in one or more of a variety of musical styles: classical, bluegrass, folk, Americana, Celtic or any other traditional music. Some will also be soloists, songwriters or music interpreters. All will participate in an intensive week of music instruction alongside acoustic-music masters including Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn

Directing the 9-day immersive experience is Grammy-nominated guitarist Darrell Scott, accompanied by Bill Miller, a Native American guitarist and flutist, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Beth Nielsen Chapman. Each mentor was selected for their unique approach to songwriting, skill-strengthening and spirit-searching. When they aren’t jamming, creating or practicing with their new mentors, students will immerse themselves in the vibrant Memphis music scene and its remarkable history, visiting historic recording studios and meeting with award-winning producers, engineers and recording artists.

Students will attend extraordinary performances by Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussein and Rakesh Chaurasia. In addition, there will be a very special concert presenting the Acoustic Music Project participants themselves. On Saturday, April 22, GPAC will showcase these talented musicians in the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, where they will perform original works created and refined throughout the course of the week.


What is GPAC?

The Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), located in the suburbs of music mecca Memphis, TN, aims to serve the community by presenting the highest-quality artistic endeavors to educate, engage, enrich and transform. 

Opened in 1994, GPAC has applauded an array of artists with extraordinary talents and showcased the broadest range of performances and art forms, overseeing three dynamic performance spaces inside and outside the facility. 

The Duncan-Williams Performance Hall is an acoustically perfect, 854-seat venue featuring a sprung pine stage, an elegant patron lounge, six spacious dressing rooms and a large lobby for entertaining and assembling; The Grove, a dynamic outdoor venue which can accommodate approximately 1200 guests in a lush outdoor setting; and the Watkins Studio Theater, an intimate black box theater. Season after season, GPAC presents world-renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year-round educational activities for all ages including the GPAC Youth Symphony Program, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, professional staff and dedicated board of directors.

GPAC works to create and sustain an environment that is consciously inclusive of all races, ages, religions, sexual identities, gender expressions and abilities. Our excellence derives from our diversity, and we commit to continuously challenging ourselves as well as ideas and norms that hinder the full celebration of our collective humanity.
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