Virtual AMP Music Summit Returns With Stories of COVID-Inspired Hope and Change

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After a successful inaugural launch on May 6, the creators of the virtual AMP Music Summit are launching their second online event, set to take place July 29, 2020. The events curator's attorney Simon Lamb, Rebel Industries founder Josh Levine and Seth Combs announced the return of AMP, which list Southern California NPR-affiliate KCRW as a sponsor, in an open letter to past attendees.

"We’re looking for new heroes," the letter reads. "We have space available. Now is the time to celebrate heroic qualities of artists, executives and thought leaders from music, storytelling, technology, law, and culture. We are here to recognize these qualities and amplify their impact."

The KCRW Presents AMP Music Summit Summer 2020 seeks to share "stories about the culture-shifting changes inspired by COVID and the powerful movement towards racial justice, diversity and inclusion," the letter explains.

"AMP Music Summit is a place where we can join in important conversations with people across perspectives, time zones, and platforms. For us, these important conversations are about culture, music, art, technology and forces bigger than any individual – most recently, the forces of COVID-19 and systemic racism," the letter continues. "AMP is our livestreamed (mostly) video documentary of life today—a magazine with interactive pages created and colored with emerging communication technologies."

Speakers include Dave Brooks, Billboard’s senior correspondent live + touring, who will sit with CAA agent Joe Hadley to discuss the touring economy in Sub-Saharan Africa as nations, both for international artists looking to visit the continent, and for Africa-based artists and the music community working to build the venue architecture to support superstar artists, from countries at home and abroad.

"As major cities become COVID Restricted Zones, smaller cities offer new possibilities and cheaper start-up costs for creative endeavors," AMP's founders say, noting that Lamb will host a conversation with "creative bad-ass and lawyer" Tobi Parks and Dr. Lester Shaw. Parks left Brooklyn for Des Moines to build xBk, a creative arts venue while Dr. Shaw has been working with non-profit A Pocketful of Hope on a restoration of  Tulsa, Oklahoma's Big 10 Ballroom with a goal of reopening the cultural space in time for next year’s centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

"The Tulsa Race Massacre’s history and its impact on the present demands attention, even if many of us only learned about it for the first time through HBO’s The Watchmen," the founder's letter reads. "That’s why AMP will feature a conversation with highly accomplished comic book writers Chuck Brown, David Walker, and Sanford Greene, co-creators of the Eisner Award-nominated comic series Bitter Root, to discuss how they took inspiration from the massacre to tell a different story."

Other speakers include creative agency Trueheart founder Amy Malin, This Brand Saves founder Ryan Devlin, Tencent Games Sr. Director of Marketing Anthony Crouts and Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestants Ashley Iaconetti Haibon and Jared Haibon. AMP will also spotlight Creative Futures co-founders Jai Al-Attas and Yahniie Bridges, feature Billboard Dance director Katie Bain in conversation with Huntsville, Alabama mayor Tommy Battle and Sound Diplomacy’s founder & chief executive Shain Shapiro and highlight the work of artist Prescott McCarthy, who got his start building large-scale art installations at music festivals like Electric Forest.

For a full list of speakers, and to register and learn more, visit AMPmusicsummit.com.

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