Project 440’s programs use music to engage, educate and inspire young people, providing them with the career and life skills they need to develop into tomorrow’s civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders.
Through music, every young person is provided with the opportunity and tools for individual growth and community impact.
WHY WE'RE PROJECT 440
440 = 440 Hz = the pitch "A," the same "A" used to tune the orchestra, usually by the oboe. Just like that note is the first pitch heard at every symphonic concert, so we want the young musicians we work with to be leaders in their communities through music.
Project 440 was founded in 2007 by three young Savannah natives after the Savannah Symphony Orchestra disbanded. Originally known as the "Savannah Chamber Players”, the founders designed enrichment services and community engagement programs with performances and workshops offered in community centers, retirement communities and public schools.
In 2010, Joseph Conyers, our Executive Director and one of the original founders, moved to Philadelphia, PA and the name "Project 440" was adopted. With a new name and mission, the organization's focus changed from presenting community engagement concerts to teaching young musicians the importance of service through music while simultaneously teaching them the skills they need to be successful in life beyond high school. The vision for Project 440 is clear: we engage student musicians in educational programs that teach them to use music as a tool to create opportunities for themselves and to give back to their communities.