A Little Introduction
Project 440 is the reinvention of MusicAlive!, an organization founded in response to the collapse of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra in 2005. We felt a need to fill the gap in classical music education created by the absence of an orchestra. Founding members Joseph Conyers, Blake Espy, and Catherine Miller collaborated with artists from around the country through partnerships that included Live Oak Public Libraries and several Savannah area schools. Thanks to the generous support of foundations and organizations such as the Savannah Friends of Music and the Lanie & Ethel Foundation (NY), over the past three years MusicAlive! has served thousands of youth throughout southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina through interactive and educational programming.
As our musical careers took us to various parts of the globe, we realized that Savannah was not alone in needing a revival of music education. We found that many musicians had neither the proper skill set nor the level of interest necessary to work with children and their communities. As a result, their programs failed in finding engaging ways to connect with students. Project 440 is the solution to those problems.
Together, we can succeed in demonstrating the relevancy of classical music in the 21st century. Our goal is to excite a generation of optimistic and motivated children who thirst for knowledge and are encouraged to help one another.