Rosalind Lott, HeartBeat Music Institute

Rosalind “Pozzie” Lott is the Founder of Rhythm and Remedy-Where Hip Hop Helps, along with Co-Founder NC Abram. Their goal is to provide youth empowerment through the arts.  With their recent, successful launch of The Heartbeat Music & Art Institute in Dakar, Senegal, they are looking to continue launching more programs and Music Institutions globally. As Music Artists they recognize the importance of having resources available to perfect ones craft. They are excited for the opportunity to utilize their creative platforms in an effort to give back and  hope their work will inspire other artists to do the same.

Upon her first visit to Senegal, Rosalind was to stay 7 days for a women’s empowerment event, and her one week trip turned into a 7 month stay. She knew that she was sent there to help make a difference and meant to create change that would last a lifetime. In Senegal, 50% of the population is under the age of 18, and only 20% of youth are enrolled in school.  Her project seeks to support these youth to stay in school.

Rhythm and Remedy’s focus is to provide encouragement and education delivered in an unconventional and innovative way, which will allow them to connect with all generations through the universal language of music and arts. The courses provided at HeartBeat Music Institute will provide training in Music, Song Writing, Recording, Film Production, Script Writing and Graphic Arts. They aim to provide the training needed to build the next young global leaders through the arts. They will also incorporate politics and economics so that their students recognize the importance of their voice and how to use their talent and creativity for greater global change.

“There is a wide open market that has not been touched for the program we have created. There are many ways that people give back through their careers. You don’t need to be a doctor or lawyer to create monumental change and make a difference,” said Rosalind.

Funding from the Pollination Project will be used for project expenses such as equipment, instruments and for sound proof booth construction costs.

To learn more about HeartBeat Music Institute, visit their Website, Twitter and Facebook page.

GRANT AWARD DATE: January 24, 2015