Recent News

2018 New Music Is Here!!

Over the last two months, we've been hard at work to finalize, mix, master, press, and finally CELEBRATE THE RELEASE of our 2018 AYA Albums from YouthBuild Philadelphia, Kensington CAPA, and Olney Charter High. We are happy to say that all of this amazing new music is...

Reflections on Confidence :: Student Studio Sessions 2018

Stepping into the studio- whether its for the first time or the 100th- can be one of the most incredible and most intimidating experiences of a career in music. Taking this step, especially for the young artists that are part of AYA, requires courage, practice, and an...

Happy New Year!!!

At AYA, as a program based in courageous creativity and a knowledge of the incredible things that every young person is capable of, we believe that  dreams are to be followed and goals are to be stated proudly. So, as we all continue our personal, professional, and...

Student Performances!

Did you know.... ...the U.S. live music industry is expected to grow to $11 Billion by 2019, up from $9 Billion in 2014? As Streaming Services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music make it easier and cheaper for consumers to gain...

Kensington CAPA Releases Second Album

This weekend, AYA Project celebrated a major milestone with the release of the Kensington CAPA site's second album, Unmasked. Featuring 7 students in 10th-12th grade, 5 of which were returning members, the album showcases not only amazing talent but also amazing...

Artist Spotlight: Kenny Automatic

As we begin recording for our second edition of the AYA Project, we want to take a second to highlight one of the most talented artists to grace our program: Kenny Automatic. Still 5 months from his High School graduation, Kenny was well versed in the Philly rap scene...

AYA Project Round 2 is On

This week, we reached a major milestone: funding for the 2017 edition of Aspiring Young Artists Project has officially been raised- and we will officially be bringing our program to twice as many schools (and students) beginning this January. We could not be more...

Why This Really Matters

Hi friends- Last week, I had the chance to visit our last year's school, KCAPA, for their back-to-school night. I was headed there after work and it was definitely a long day. When I got there, however, I found that I couldn't help but smile when I ran into...

Songs Now Available Online

Want to hear the incredible work of our most recent students and mentors? Check out our SoundCloud page and enjoy!! https://soundcloud.com/user-560996905

The Release Party

Pictures from our Album Release Party are in!! A very special thank you to Audrey Amaro of Mama Owl Photography for these incredible shots. And of course, a huge thank you to our students for sharing their songs and...

Expressions is Here!!

June 7th, 2016 marked a big day for our students and all of us here with the AYA Project: it was the official release date for our first album. Featuring students from Kensington CAPA High School, the album is called Expressions...and while we are still waiting to get...

Feeling Like a Star: AYA Project Photoshoot

We just wanted to take a few moments to talk about some good times yesterday at KCAPA; where students from various programs in the school are coming together to do amazing things! In this case, it was a Photo Shoot for the AYA Project, ran completely by students from...