The Lyricist Lounge Rhyme Sketch Program a vehicle for professional creative development and social change. Twelve performers between the age of 18 and 26 years of age will be selected through an application and audition process. Over three months (March -May 2019) the selected performers will be trained and mentored by renowned pioneers of conscious hip hop to collaboratively develop, create and perform unique rhyme sketches based on global issues and local challenges facing their community. Upon program completion, the group will perform their completed rhyme sketches at three different venues.during the month of June . With the support of University Settlement, the goal is to give young artists the space to grow creatively and intellectually and a platform to share perspective, authenticity and emotional intelligence.
twelve week intensive curriculum, twelve MCs will be chosen and trained to develop, create and perform unique rhyme sketches based on global issues and local challenges facing their community. Upon program completion, the group will perform their completed rhyme sketches to a live audience. With the support of University Settlement, the goal is to give young adults the space to grow creatively and intellectually and a platform to share perspective, authenticity and emotional intelligence.
Who is Lyricist Lounge?
The Lyricist Lounge concept was birthed as a series of open mic events hosted in a small studio apartment in the Lower East Side of New York City. Founded in 1991 by Hip Hop aficionados Danny Castro and Anthony Marshall, the duo dreamt of creating an unprecedented incubator for raw talent and unsigned hype throughout the five boroughs of the city and beyond. This dream became a reality and resulted in three full-length albums, seven domestic tours, two seasons of the MTV sketch comedy series "The Lyricist Lounge Show" and two DVD releases.
Lyricist Lounge has bore the honor of being the springboard of development for several of today’s biggest Hip Hop stars. Past up-and-coming Lyricist Lounge artists include Mos Def, Eminem, Talib Kweli, Foxy Brown, Sean "Diddy" Combs and The Notorious B.I.G.. Lyricist Lounge looks to continue providing support for new talent in often overlooked communities. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE LLRS PROGRAM, YOU WILL RECEIVE...$250 stipend to support your full commitment to the program and your fellow performers. Access to a network of seasoned industry leaders and established artistsThe mentorship needed to create rhyme sketches and perform them for live audiences.Tools for developing compelling content, strengthening your techniques, and increasing your artistic opportunities. Experience developing rewarding artistic collaborations. Access to additional rehearsal space Learn how to create a rhyme sketch and how to perform it live in front of an audienceAccess to established artists and seasoned industry leadersSpace for collaborative work at the University Settlement / Houston Street CenterONCE IN THE LLRS PROGRAM?Commit to attend (1) Monday night session per week from 6:30p-9:30p for (3) months Conceptualize and create rhyme sketchesCollaborate and build with other participantsDevelop, rehearse and perform rhyme sketches in public event, Summer 2019
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS TO GET INTO THE LLRS PROGRAM? -> Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - Application Deadline-> Monday, March 4, 2019 - Top 25 finalists will be contacted to attend an audition-> Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Auditions in NYC will be held for top 25 finalists; finalists will be asked to perform 1 song at the audition-> Monday, March 11, 2019 - 12 final finalists will be contacted for participation in program -> Monday, March 18, 2019 - Start of Lyricist Lounge Rhyme Sketch Program
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO APPLY TO THE LLRS PROGRAM?-> Fill out application below-> It is not required, but in addition to the completed application, video testimonials can be sent to LLRhymeSketch@gmail.com-> Have a willingness to grow creatively and intellectually with an openness to share perspective, authenticity and emotional intelligence while building with others