January 19, 2018
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Camden awarded $2,500 grant to present America’s Music

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Town of Camden, Maine

CAMDEN — Camden has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th century American popular music.

The Town of Camden, in partnership with the Camden Public Library and Bay Chamber Concerts, will host the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop.

Camden is one of 50 sites nationwide, and the only site in Maine, selected to host the program series. America’s Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute, in consultation with the American Library Association and the Society for American Music, and is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins notified the town of Camden and congratulated it on being the only Maine community selected.

“We are thrilled to participate in this exciting program that will help introduce different types of music, show how modern music has been influenced by older styles and bridge gaps among generations,” said Brian Hodges, Camden development director.

“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Each screening and discussion session will examine key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.

The films will be screened at the Camden Public Library, and include live performances, beginning in early 2013. For details, contact Brian Hodges at 207-236-3353 or bhodges@camdenmaine.gov.