February 21, 2018
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Town of Camden awarded $2,500 grant to present America’s Music

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Town of Camden, Maine

Camden, Maine – The Town of 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. The Town of Camden is one of fifty sites nationwide, and the only site in Maine, selected to host this 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.

Senator Susan Collins was pleased to notify the Town of Camden and congratulated them 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. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series.
The “America’s Music” series is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of 20th century American popular music. Instead, 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 Town of Camden is a coastal community in Knox County known for its artistic and cultural diversity. The Camden Public Library serves multiple communities, hosts many community and regional events, and has been rated a “Star Library” for 4 years in a row by Library Journal, a national publication. Bay Chamber Concerts has a rich history of bringing performing arts to midcoast Maine, and hosts the Summer Music Festival in July and August, and is committed to providing educational opportunities to students of all ages through the Bay Chamber Community Music School which offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. www.camdenmaine.gov, www.librarycamden.org , www.baychamberconcerts.org

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