Kicking off the City Music Network, Ashley Rodriguez (left) and the 10-piece Berklee City Music All-Stars perform in the Hilton lobby at Winter NAMM.
Bringing Web-based music instruction to underserved youth, Berklee College of Music's City Music Network (www.berklee.edu/community/citymusic.html) has expanded from its Boston base to include Seattle (Experience Music Project), Washington, D.C. (eSharp Music), Los Angeles (A Place Called Home and Sound Art) and Philadelphia (Mount Airy Cultural Center); additional locations are in the works. Technology partner Apple Inc. is providing server support and access to its iTunes University. NAMM is also working with the outreach program by providing musical instruments and equipment.
The school, which is investing $1 million in startup costs, plans to raise $10 million to support scholarships.