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Announcing Third Amplify Recipient
Posted August 14, 2016 by Erin Jeter
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Erin Jeter
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August 14, 2016

Last month, Musical Family Tree announced our very first funding program for musicians called Amplify. Amplify is a year-long program offering $1,000 to $1,500 to three Indiana musicians or bands who need additional financial support and professional development opportunities to make their creative projects happen. This could mean funds for recording, marketing and publicity, touring, or any other number of creative projects. In addition to funding, artists will be paired with a small group of mentors who are local leaders in music business and other fields relevant to the artist’s project. You can learn more about Amplify and see the guidelines and application here.

Our application deadline for this program was last month - thank you to all the musicians who submitted applications. After recently completing the review of applications, we are very excited to announce the third and final Amplify recipient: Joel Tucker! Joel plans to use Amplify funds to support the creation of an album with The Tucker Brothers Group honoring the musicians that founded the Indianapolis jazz scene, including Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery and David Baker. The project will pay homage to the most prominent Indianapolis jazz musicians of the past who are remembered throughout the world as some of the best musicians that have ever lived. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support this celebration of Indiana music history.

We will soon announce more details regarding this project as well as those of our other two Amplfy recipients, Oreo Jones and Bonesetters. So be on the lookout for more announcements to come!

Thank you to the Indianapolis Foundation for making this project possible and thank you again to all the talented artists who submitted applications!  

 

About Joel Tucker

Joel Tucker has been featured in various local and national publications for his guitar playing, including NUVO, The Indianapolis Star and Downbeat magazine.  He is an active performer with The Tucker Brothers Group, Clint Breeze and The Groove, Eliot Bigger and many other projects.  He also teaches private guitar lessons to students seriously considering music as a profession.

Joel has traveled around the United States for performances as well as clinics explaining various Latin American styles of music with his former band Ritmos Unidos.  He has also traveled to South America to perform and be a part of numerous clinics led by former professor Luke Gillespie on improvised music centered around the progression of the jazz tradition. 

After graduating from Indiana University in 2012, Joel moved to Indianapolis to be a part of the music community.  In 2015, Joel and his brother (Nick Tucker) released an album entitled "Nine Is The Magic Number" that showcased original music written by the brothers.  This was the beginning of the Tucker Brothers Group.  Joel and Nick now play at the Chatterbox on Massachussets Ave. every Wednesday night from 8 to 11 p.m., treating audiences to jazz standards and original compositions of their own.

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