Asbury Park, NJ – On Friday, June 12th, in collaboration with Lakehouse Music Studios and Humble Humans, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) presented a Hip Hop Showcase featuring performances by local artists and BGCM members. Asbury natives DJ Legend and R.A.Y. Turner performed, as well as rapper JopauL, whose single “Aww Yeah” has charted in the Top 40 on radio stations throughout the country. Community members packed the BGCM gym and were treated to diverse musical and dance performances, enjoying refreshments provided by Wegmans of Ocean.
The showcase served as a way to introduce the Hip Hop Institute, a new offering at BGCM developed in partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy, a local progressive music school committed to the development of comprehensive musicianship for every student. The Hip Hop Institute is located at BGCM’s Asbury Unit, where instructors from Lakehouse teach students how to mix music utilizing state-of-the-art DJ equipment. Participants in the program also learn the skills required to write, produce, and market their creations, exploring the back-end process to producing a record including editing, sound engineering, and branding.
“It’s pretty thrilling for me see our kids so engaged,” stated Aaron Styles, Program Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “Week after week as they learn more about how to turn their passion for music into something marketable, something they could build a career on—it makes me really excited for them. I hope more kids see what the Hip Hop Institute can offer them and start coming out to the workshops.”
For more information about the Hip Hop Institute, please contact Aaron Styles at firstname.lastname@example.org.