In the summer of 2020, Grove Studios (Ypsilanti, Michigan) and Leon Speakers (Ann Arbor, Michigan), entered into an agreement to create a fellowship intended to amplify African-American creativity in Washtenaw County. The partnership encompasses artistic development, collaborations with the community through service, and experiential learning. They support the cultivation of musical talent and growth of the modern music movement in the area to develop Washtenaw County as an innovative hub of music for generations to come.
The mission of the Amplify Fellowship is to provide resources and access to African-American musical artists to encourage free expression untethered by social inequity. We commit to leveraging business relationships and community partnerships to amplify the voices of Black artists, encouraging artistic ownership of their craft and strengthening our connections with communities in need.