"Idol-like" Show for Instrumentalists, AMERICA'S HOT MUSICIAN, Begins Production in
Spring , 2006
WASHINGTON Feb. 27, 2006 The American Youth Symphony (AYS), an organization in the
forefront of music education and awareness has announced it will produce a television reality talent
competition for instrumental musicians called America's Hot Musician TM.
AYS, whose Plight of American Music Initiative has been promoted in publications such as the
American Teacher, and has been taken up in hundreds of schools nationwide, announced the
development of this television program amid what it calls a "stealth crisis" in the MTV/Hip Hop
Generation. This crisis involves the pervasiveness of sampling and rapping which has deterred
interest in instrumental performing and writing in young people says AYS Artistic Director, Gregory
Royal who is the creative producer of the show is also a former trombone soloist with the Grammy
Award-winning Duke Ellington Orchestra and performed in the horn sections of the likes of Gladys
Knight, Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind and Fire (Downbeat Magazine
PRNewswire.) He previously produced a game show pilot which ran in major markets and is the
author of the first stage play to feature a cast of jazz musicians entitled It's a Hardbop Life which
debuted at the 2004 New York JVC Jazz Festival www.hardboplife.com
The plans to produce the program were announced at the AYS conference in Washington, DC
earlier this week, which was covered by WTTG FOX 5 and the Voice of America, and included, in
addition to Royal, a discussion panel of Travis Bowerman; Washington Performing Arts Society;
Ashley Gauthier, media attorney from US News & World Report; Malcolm Inniss, Radio One; and,
Ava Spece, DC Youth Orchestra Program.
The panel discussed several issues plaguing the future survival of traditional American music genre
and the current development of young audiences.
AYS Executive Director Susan Veres says we feel this program is so important to help bridge the
gap between instrumental performance and a young demographic which might eventually lead to
more wide spread interest in performing and patronage.
AYS, who cleared the program title and format with FreemantleMedia who owns the popular vocal
talent show on FOX, American Idol, will be mounting a similar production with instrumentalists.
A press conference will be held in late April, 2006 to release casting and distribution plans and to
provide an update on contestants who have already begun to register for the show through the
americashotmusican.org website. To learn more about the show visit the show website.