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Amped Up: Planning a Youth Music Festival


Tuition: $550

Session Dates: Session dates TBA

Final Showcase: TBA

Class Time: TBA

Ages: High School-aged 

Location: 40 Freeman Place, Needham, MA and online via zoom.

Plugged In has been producing live, large scale, multi-day concerts for almost 20 years now. In the past our focus was on supporting our youth bands to be ready to perform at these shows. Now we’ve created Amped Up, a new program that turns our students into the producers of their very own show!


Amped Up students will produce their own music festival, with support from Plugged In’s teaching staff, from start to finish. They will learn everything they need to know to successfully stage a live show. Whether a student’s goal is to learn how to throw a small DIY show for a single band or a large public event with many performers, the skills students pick up in this program will be helpful for just about any event.


For 8-weeks Amped Up students will work together, following a flexible curriculum, to develop the skills they need to throw a successful event. Amped Up will culminate in a youth music festival booked with bands and youth performers curated by Amped Up students.


Curriculum Breakdown:

Week 1 – 

  • Introductions

  • Identify festival values

  • Create festival overview: Number of stages and performers, set length, festival name, etc.


Week 2 – 

  • Assign student roles: Booking, social media, art direction, live sound and state management, etc.

  • Confirm festival values

  • Create festival name

  • Research performers and potential collaborators

  • Begin graphic design of marketing materials


Week 3 – 

  • Progress reports

  • Social media and marketing

  • Performer outreach


Week 4 – 

  • Progress reports

  • Finalize marketing materials: Social media posts, fliers, community emails, etc.

  • Finalize and book performers

  • Content push


Week 5 – 

  • Progress reports

  • Content push focused on featured performers

  • Begin organizing backline and live sound equipment

  • Schedule lineup of confirmed performers


Week 6 – 

  • Progress reports

  • Engage confirmed performers in content push

  • Performer communications: Gear checks, load-in times, special set-up needs, backing tracks, etc.


Week 7 and 8 – 

  • Progress reports

  • Final content push

  • Create itinerary for day-of show

  • Final check in and last-minute coordination with performers

  • Loose ends and last-minute considerations


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