PBS Digital Studios is thrilled to announce a new weekly digital program called Beat Making Lab, a unique music series focused on youth in developing nations around the world.

What is Beat Making Lab? Beat Making Lab is an electronic music studio small enough to fit in a backpack. We build Labs in collaboration with communities all around the world; donating laptops, microphones and software. Our goal is to create positive social impact by giving youth the tools and training to make beats and songs.

Our innovative curriculum, founded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaches open source music production and entrepreneurship.

Each lab consists of a two-week residency at a local community organization, where young people acquire skills to professionalize their creative practices and become part of a global DIY digital music community.

The 20-week series made up of two to three-minute episodes, chronicles a music producer and a UNC Chapel Hill professor as they set up music studios (small enough to fit into a backpack) in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Panama, Senegal and Fiji. Each two-week workshop is designed to nurture local music talent, while providing the tools and techniques to make their own beats. All studio equipment is donated to the community after the sessions wrap up, establishing a permanent music lab for future beat-makers.

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New episodes will air every Wednesday via the Beat Making Lab YouTube channel.


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