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E4 Youth offers mentorship opportunities to high school, college musicians

Staff Writer
Austin 360

E4 Youth, a local nonprofit founded by keyboard player Carl Settles, aims to introduce underserved Austin youths to the local creative economy through a variety of programs that offer high school and college students mentorship opportunities at advertising firms, art and design organizations and other local businesses.

E4 Youth’s music program is called the Music Legacy Project and applications are currently open for Austin youths ages 16-21 who would like to participate in the 2018 session. Directed by Jonathan ‘Chaka’ Mahone, half of the husband/wife hip-hop duo, Riders Against the Storm, the program provides youths with access to industry professionals to learn about songwriting, publishing, recording, performing, marketing and distributing their music.

Mahone and E4 youth, just released a video from 19-year-old jazz saxophonist Blaigne Ayuma, a recent Austin High School graduate, who has been involved with the program for three years.

“(Ayuma) was accepted into Berklee School of Music, but what happens when you can’t afford tuition? Where do you go? How do you stay motivated. These talented young people need mentors, training, development, and resources. That’s where we come in,” Mahone says.

The title of the video is “Entering.”

“It symbolizes a young artist entering a historic Austin space, and transforming it with his music,” Mahone says.

E4 Youth will be accepting applications for the 2018 program through January 5. More information.