Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)
Students in the after school program at the Music Resource Center in Duluth are in for a busy month.
The music program, free of charge, will have many firsts including, multiple video premiers and CD releases.
The Music Resource Center began as a way to provide Middle School and High School students with a safe and educational environment during the after school hours.
"Kids are coming here to rehearse and learn to write and play instruments. Learn to record and run live sound," says Darin Bergsven, Program Manager.
But now events like the Homegrown Music Festival are helping reinforce an already colorful music scene here in Duluth.
A number of students in the program will show off their skills at Homegrown this week... but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
"We'll also be screening two music videos, we also have a really big concert and Weber hall on Friday the 17th and we're kicking off a month long fundraiser," adds Bergsven.
Jack Campbell is a student at the center and helps others with guitar and vocals.
"It's cool that we have a place to go and record for free when you're in high school. It fosters a new generation to play in homegrown and be in bands and have fun with music."
Meliita Thygeson has only been a part of the program for a little over month, but says she'll keep coming back because she loves the challenge.
"I like testing myself and seeing if I can do something."
"The best thing is the people that run it. Erick and Darin are just amazing people to be around because they're just amazing at music," says Campbell.
There are no fees and the doors are always open for these young aspiring musicians.
"Anybody enrolled in a school is welcome to come here," says Bergsven.
Several students have written and recorded full length albums with the Music Resource Center's help.
The Music Resource Center, sponsored by the Armory Arts and Music Center, plans to move from their location at The Sacred Heart building to the Armory as soon as renovations are completed.
Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware