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Summer Rock Camp coming to Bangor Arts Exchange

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Maine Academy of Modern Music partners with Launchpad

BANGOR – Arts incubator Launchpad has announced that it will partner with the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) to host their Summer Rock Camp program in Bangor for the first time.

The five-day Rock Camp, which will run July 23-27, is an excellent opportunity for kids of all skill levels, ages 11-plus, to play in a band, perform covers and write original music. Accomplished educators and members of local bands offer inside tips on self-promotion, booking, gigging, the history of rock and music theory. The camps have been previously held in other communities across Maine such as Portland, Augusta and Machias.

The Camp will be housed at the new Bangor Arts Exchange venue in Downtown Bangor, which is a collaborative project of Launchpad’s and includes musician rehearsal and performances spaces.

Launchpad’s Executive Director Meg Shorette expressed excitement for the opportunities the camps will provide for local youth musicians.

“This collaboration between Launchpad and MAMM has been one that both organizations have talked about for some time,” she said. “The opportunity to provide music education to our community at a time when we’re often seeing funding for the arts and music in schools shrinking, not only serves our mission, but ensures the growth of future musicians developing within the Greater Bangor area.”

“MAMM is thrilled to be bringing our Rock Camp program to Bangor this summer in partnership with Launchpad - an organization who has been doing a tremendous job of enriching Maine’s communities through the arts” echoed MAMM director and founder Jeff Shaw. “We are excited for the opportunity to work with Penobscot County’s youth this summer at the beautiful new space at the Bangor Arts Exchange venue.”

All skill levels are welcome to participate in the camp and scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit www.maineacademyofmodernmusic.org/camps.

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