Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) will host a spring showcase performance at co-founder Roman Whittaker’s estate The Respite in Indio on Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. It will be a culmination of 12 weeks of rehearsals featuring three AMP Spring 2019 program bands and two AMPlumni bands (Side B, Thankful Pedestrian and the Tsunamis, Secondhand Identity, Silver Sky, and Traveler). Both original and cover songs will be performed by these young musicians, and for some newcomers to the program, it will be their first public performance. The night will feature delicious food, your favorite beer and wine, and of course, our Spring AMP bands putting on professional-quality show-stopping performances. Award-winning AMPlumni band Traveler will be closing the night with an energetic set!

VIP ticket will get you access to VIP parking, a pre-show cocktail reception, access to a full bar, dinner, and seats for the show. All AMP Angels are invited to join us for the afterparty from 8:30-10 pm at The Ranch across the street from the show venue. You will have the opportunity to become an AMP Angel the night of the show by subscribing as a monthly AMP donor at a price level suitable for all budgets. Tickets are available at

All proceeds from the night will go towards supporting our incredible AMP community as we lift up the next generation of Coachella Valley musicians and entertainers. The Academy of Musical Performance is a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization—tax ID #82-1561015.

Special thank you to our major sponsors to date, including The Respite, The Ranch, Renova Energy, Jake Duke, and the Sweet Stuff Foundation.


With the cooperation with the City of Indio, AMP has a new studio located at 82719 Miles Avenue in Indio which has become home to the organization’s AMP Fall and Spring after school and weekend program where students age 10-18 from a variety of Coachella Valley schools practice for performances around the Valley and beyond. 

AMP will be selling their logo merchandise as well as accepting donations to the non-profit program. All proceeds help fund scholarships and buy equipment for students who may not have been able to participate in this program otherwise.

AMP is known for its outstanding summer music camp, featuring the Valley’s top musicians teaching, in small rock band format, the top young musicians in their performance and concert production skills through rehearsals, workshops, individual instruction, and live performances. A year-round after school program was added after the 2016 summer camp to provide instruction and performance opportunities all year round at a variety of events in our community. AMP auditions for Summer Camp are scheduled at the Indio location April 7, May 4 & May 11. To register, go to

The AMP program was seed funded with a 3-year grant from Goldenvoice to get the organization up and running. “Without the support from Goldenvoice, there is no way we could have launched this incredibly valuable program to our Valley’s youth,” states Kate Spates, AMP Volunteer CEO and co-founder. “Now we are looking to our community to continue to support the goals of the organization.” The AMP mission is to enrich the lives of young musicians by fostering productivity and social responsibility through creativity, communication and collaboration in the development and enhancement of musical performance and concert production skills through participation in a “rock band” style educational setting.

“This is a program that benefits individuals that maybe aren’t into sports, or they aren’t a fit for orchestra or the marching band in school – they have been alone in their rooms, teaching themselves how to play music. For many, they had never played music together with another person until joining AMP, so this program is transformative and essential by giving young people a safe space in which to create, communicate, and collaborate,” states Will Sturgeon, AMP Executive Director and a singer-songwriter himself.

For more information about Academy of Musical Performance visit or call 760-537-5AMP (5267).