Mixing Music with Business Education: Beats Not Bullets

Baltimore’s hip-hop scene and background are inextricably connected with the city’s tradition in general. There are several grassroots companies and platforms that seek out to uplift and teach Baltimore Metropolis pupils, and Beats Not Bullets’ strategy is creative and immediate, mixing tunes education with small business education and learning although training learners about the tunes industry at significant.

Beats Not Bullets, the brainchild of Kevin “Ogun” Beasley, was started off six several years ago as a way to educate pupils in Baltimore how to develop and make tunes. Beasley was sooner or later joined by program coordinators MC Bravado and Brandon Lackey, equally former Baltimore City Community School instructors as effectively as musicians, and the afterschool program’s distinctive mix of positive impression, technological education, and networking has been a purely natural extension of their teaching apply. “We both equally began to add to Beats Not Bullets for the reason that we both of those skipped training,” claimed Lackey. They are each application coordinators for Beats Not Bullets. The pair operates a history label called Label Necklace. 

Beats Not Bullets was offered with a person of six 2022 SXSW Neighborhood Provider Awards very last thirty day period in Austin, Texas. MC Bravado, Beasley, and Lackey traveled to Austin, and Dawuane Johnson (aka Bigwuaune), a BNB graduate, joined them on the trip and carried out at the festival. “We use our system to attract attention to plans just like Beats Not Bullets,” Lackey stated. “That’s specifically what we did at South by Southwest. We worked with numerous programs just striving to get eyeballs on all the pleasure taking place close to the intersection of hip-hop and education because Abundant and I are both equally previous lecturers in Baltimore Metropolis.” 

Established in 2016, Beats Not Bullets aims to maximize center- and superior-college-age students’ understanding of sound engineering and the recording sector. Members study to use instruments, laptop application, and audio machines to make tunes. Over 500 pupils have graduated from the program, which is staffed and funded by the nonprofit Desire Greater Community Institute. 

Bravado and Lackey are passionate about hip-hop and schooling and instilling entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills in Baltimore youth. They’ve partnered with local corporations to make absolutely sure these competencies are taught. For the duration of the pandemic, BNB fundraised adequate to have a actual physical cohort all through the pandemic at their studio, bringing in hospital-grade air filtration techniques. Beasley, along with DJ Five Star, also developed a remote team for learners to tap in. The method is at present at Arrive at! Partnership and Digital Harbor Higher College. Bravado and Lackey emphasize that they hope to extend nationally. 

Tonight’s concert at Metro Gallery is a fundraiser for BNB featuring MC Bravado and BNB plan alumni. Fifty percent of the ticket income will go instantly in the direction of supporting the system. Evidence of vaccination is required to go to the live performance. You can purchase tickets listed here. If you’re not able to attend in particular person, you can donate to BNB below

E. Brady Robinson took the pics underneath of MC Bravado, Kevin “Ogun” Beasley, and BNB college students Eddie the Artist, Jay, Jordan, Tayybandz, and D Cash.