Detroit Youth Volume is a free Suzuki violin program for youth from Detroit’s eastside. Their mission is to build a positive and nurturing learning environment for youth through free and accessible training in the Suzuki violin pedagogy.
This year, they were one of 57 Detroit arts projects who were awarded a Knight Arts Challenge grant, which they will use to record an album fusing Suzuki violin performance with hip-hop beats. This is the first album of its kind, and will bring together several Detroit-based hip-hop collaborators to work with over 20 youth, ages 6-18, in the program. They will release the album and host a public performance in the summer of 2016.
Detroit Youth Volume has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help them match their $22,000 Knight Arts award. You can support this inspiring project by donating any amount towards their $5,000 fundraising goal. They will use the funds to “record, mix, and master this hip-hop album professionally and pair the Detroit Youth Volume students with the finest talent in Detroit hip-hop.” You can get special perks for your donation such as tickets to a Detroit Youth Volume show, an invitation to a group class, or a private violin lesson with one of their teachers.
Check out the Kickstarter video below and see the full campaign here. Donations will be accepted through
We are excited to see Detroit Youth Volume grow as a model for social justice music programming and we look forward to seeing this collaborative project come to life! You can learn more about their work and upcoming events on their website and find out about other ways to support the project here.