Beyond the Natural Foundation Offers Tuition-Free Summer Music Camp for Baltimore City Youth Whose Families Are Financially Impacted by COVID-19

 Space is Limited; Slots Filled on a First-Come, First-Served Basis

BALTIMORE – With unemployment at historic highs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beyond the Natural Foundation (BTNF), a local nonprofit, is stepping up to provide Baltimore City youth in grades 2 through 7 with a tuition-free summer camp where campers will learn positive self-expression through musical art, collaborate on projects that create community, enhance their critical thinking and writing skills, and decrease summer learning loss.

During this summer camp experience, youth will learn songwriting, beat making, music production, piano, drumming and vocal performance while exploring the fundamental aspects of rhythm and harmony. Campers also will get instruction in mathematics, reading comprehension and language arts to prepare them for the upcoming school year. The BTNF summer camp is designed to be a transformative experience – also exposing campers to other enrichments like beekeeping, bird catching and nature exploration in Stillmeadow Peace Park.

Prospective campers must reside in Baltimore City and have parents or legal guardians who have either been unemployed, furloughed or experienced a 50% reduction in work hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BTNF is offering this tuition-free camp with support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative, and in collaboration with Magic Minds, Inc., and Stillmeadow Community Fellowship. The modified format for summer camp will adhere to the State of Maryland and CDC guidelines.

BTNF is a recent recipient of the Lewis Prize for Music’s COVID 19 Community Response Fund awarded to 32 Creative Youth Development organizations across the U.S. that have adapted and responded to the pressing needs of young people amid the challenges of COVID-19 – recognizing that music is a catalytic force to drive positive change.

WHEN:     Monday, July 6, 2020, to Friday, August 21, 2020

                On-Site Camp Sessions:  Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Aftercare is available from 4-5 p.m.)

Virtual Camp Sessions:    Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to Noon

WHERE:   Stillmeadow Community Fellowship

5110 Frederick Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21229

BACKGROUND:

Robert Levine III is the founding executive director of Beyond the Natural Foundation (BTNF), which uses music education in after-school programs to engage and empower students. Students learn the art of songwriting, production and audio engineering as a platform for positive self-expression and to promote campaigns like anti-bullying and anti-violence. BTNF also provides musical instruments and scholarships for qualifying students.