Atlanta Music Project student bassist Alivia Carter performs at the Atlanta Music Project Center for Performance and Education, accompanied by pianist Jack Wagner. [credit: AMP]

Atlanta Music Project wins $50,000 Infusion Award from The Lewis Prize for Music

Mark Gresham | 18 JAN 2021

The Atlanta Music Project has been selected as an awardee for a one-year $50,000 Infusion Award from The Lewis Prize for Music for support of its music education programming for children in under-served communities in Atlanta.

AMP co-founder and CEO Dantes Rameau.

AMP co-founder and CEO Dantes Rameau.

AMP co-founder and CEO Dantes Rameau, who was named one of Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100 and one of Musical America’s 30 Top Professionals in 2018, announced the Infusion Award win on Tuesday.

The Lewis Prize for Music was founded in 2018 by arts patron Daniel R. Lewis Lewis, of Miami, Florida. He is a son of Progressive Insurance co-founder Joseph M. Lewis. The philanthropic organization awarded a total of $2.1 million in prizes this year, which was the second round of awards given since the Prize was established.


As reported in December, AMP was named one of eight finalists vying for one of the long-term $500,000 Accelerator Awards from The Lewis Prize for Music out of 194 applicants in all.

Although AMP ultimately did not win that top-level prize, emerging with one of the one-year $50,000 was no small feat, given the intensive national competition, and AMP will be eligible to apply again for that larger prize at some point in the future.


Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides more than 5,000 hours annually of intensive, tuition-free music education for under-served youth in their own neighborhoods. Currently serving 350 students through eight programs, AMP provides all its students with an instrument and a teaching artist, as well as classes in band, orchestra, choir and music composition.

AMP has neither curtailed nor ceased its work during the COVIAD-19 pandemic, finding creative ways to continue to fulfill its mission. We can fully expect AMP to be around to compete again for the top Lewis Prize when the time comes. ■

Images below, credit: Atlanta Music Project,


Mark Gresham is a an American composer and music journalist. He is publisher and principal writer of EarRelevant.