This spring, Jerry Joseph, critically-acclaimed songwriter and international touring artist, along with Michael Lewis, a 20-year Portland music veteran, are traveling to Afghanistan to teach at Rock School Kabul, run by the Afghan non-profit, Sound Studies Projects.
Jerry and Michael are seeking $25,000 to fund their trip to Kabul. Money will be used to pay for trip/project expenses, pay for shipping and logistics expenses to bring in music gear and purchase needed equipment for the school. Any money raised over and above these expenses will go directly to Rock School Kabul.
They have set up their indiegogo campaign here
to raise the money for the trip.
Jerry and Michael have been working with other prominent musicians, music equipment companies, and music stores, who are donating equipment to be taken to Afghanistan and provided to the school. They also have a major corporate sponsor who has generously donated their international logistics team to help coordinate successfully shipping music equipment into Afghanistan.
Music is a universal language that connects all people regardless of differences in culture, religion, geographic borders or political affiliation. It is a unifying force, promoting peace, dialogue and understanding.
The founders of Sound Studies Projects and Rock School Kabul are showing how the power of music can be a positive force for peace everyday through their work with students in Kabul. Follow the links below to see what they've got going on in Afghanistan. You'll see why we felt so compelled to help.
Sound Studies Projects/Rock School Kabul Background
Sound Studies Projects brings together Afghan and international artists from around the world, providing a creative platform and professional environment for current and future Afghan musicians and artists to thrive. SSP focuses primarily on music performance, art, sound recording, education, and cross cultural collaboration; with respect to expressing identity, celebrating diversity, and encouraging unity.
Rock School Kabul (RSK) opened to provide the youth of Afghanistan a place to meet, learn music and succeed in positive ways to express and communicate. With over 35 students, aged 4-40+, RSK provides co-ed music instruction to residents of Kabul of all social and economic backgrounds.
SSP works under the non-profit umbrella of The Liaison Office (TLO), an Afghan NGO that promotes dialogue and peacebuilding via cultural and community activities throughout Afghanistan.
About the Artists
Jerry Joseph has
been writing, recording and playing music for well over three decades, and has
released over 25 records as a solo artist and frontman for bands such as The
Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome, Little Women and The Denmark Vesseys. He
performs more than 150 shows a year across the globe, including recent tours in
Lebanon, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as
Europe and the United States.
Michael Lewis has been performing for twenty years as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Blue Skies For Black Hearts, The Very Foundation, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons and Lael Alderman. Last fall, Michael traveled to Afghanistan to volunteer as a teacher and guest artist-in-residence at the Rock School Kabul. This will be his second trip to Afghanistan. The son of a college professor and elementary school teacher, Michael has a passion for experiential education, having previously taught in Portland State University’s groundbreaking learner-driven University Studies program and worked extensively in informal education at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Other Ways You Can HelpJust letting people know is a great way to help. Let people know by email, facebook, twitter, etc. Indiegogo has some great sharing tools you can use. Help us get the word out!
If you would
like more information or are interested in donating equipment, please contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.