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The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus ("Lennon Bus") was founded in 1998 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) "committed to reaching youth through music and video". The work is carried out through a traveling bus, which serves as a mobile audio and video recording studio.

The bus stops at K–12 schools, universities, Boys and Girls Clubs, concerts, music festivals, and other events and locations. At most stops, the staff offers free tours and an opportunity for the youths to record original songs and videos.[1] At some of its school visits, the bus organizes a Battle of the Bands in which the winning band receive prizes. The bus co-produced a course with the Digital Media Academy that is offered at several universities each summer, called "Come Together: Music and Video Production."[2]

Various artists such as will.i.am, Natasha Bedingfield and Justin Timberlake have had various levels of involvement with the Lennon Bus, such as recording on the bus and participating in outreach programs.[3] The bus has accompanied The Black Eyed Peas' guitarist George Pajon and musical director Printz on their concert tours.

In 2006, Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, featured the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Edutopia.org. Edutopia's video, "Making the Dreams of Young Musical Artists a Reality",[4] and article, "Rock and Roll into Town: Students Make Tracks in a Recording Studio on Wheels",[5] follow the buses progress and interview executive director Brian Rothschild. The article and video also showcase the student music.

References

  1. ^ [1] John Lennon Bus Website - Video Archive.
  2. ^ "Music Video Production - Come Together - Digital Media Academy // Summer Computer Camps - DMA Summer Camps, Computer Courses, & Computer Training". Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-15. Digital Media Academy Website - Course Description.
  3. ^ [2] Fosters Daily Democrat News - Friday, May 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "Making the Dreams of Young Musical Artists a Reality" http://www.edutopia.org/john-lennon-educational-tour-bus-video
  5. ^ "Rock and Roll into Town: Students Make Tracks in a Recording Studio on Wheels" http://www.edutopia.org/rock-and-roll-town