Philly Drum Project

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (100 words):
This fall, Philly Drum Project will be piloting a new program designed to make drums accessible to under-served populations in Philadelphia. Thanks to contributions from our members, we have accumulated a number of drums and hardware pieces that we will clean up, rewrap, and donate to community centers in Philadelphia. We will then staff the drumsets with instructors who will work with the students from the community once a week to develop their playing and teach them how to maintain the gear. We will start by preparing two drumsets this fall and and begin classes in the spring.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
We already have the drums to donate, but they are in need of some TLC. $200 of the granted funds will be dedicated to parts for our volunteers to refurbish the drums. $600 will pay instructors to lead weekly clinics, lessons, and maintenance workshops at the partner community center.

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
With a BA in Music Management and a background in education and performance, I founded Philly Drum Project in 2012 to make drumming more accessible, to help drummers share resources, and to offer educational programs to Philadelphians of all ages and skill levels. After almost two years of monthly meetings and workshops, PDP launched its first educational program, DrumPhil, in 2013. Due to an outpouring of support, we were able to fund our second summer program this August. We look to build on our mission to make drumming more accessible by adding this drum donation program to our annual offerings.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):
Philly Drum Project is proud to be a part of the effort to keep our city’s youth engaged in community-based music education. Last year our DrumPhil program served a student with Turret’s Syndrome who was able to focus on his accomplishments rather than his challenges while collaborating with others, as well as a student from a high-crime area who was new to drumming and has now decided to focus his energy on music instead of other detrimental options in his neighborhood. With an effort to reach a varied population, DrumPhil will continue to impact the lives of students in Philadelphia.