Summer Music Experience

The Stax Music Academy Summer Music Experience is a 4-week intensive music program that provides not only music education but also a stable, positive environment for 150 middle and high schoolers. With classes in Stax Records history, songwriting, music production, and music business, students learn how to write and record their own songs, protect their works of art, market themselves using web-based tools and digital media, and gain teamwork and leadership skills while working within a peer group.

During the Summer Music Experience, students are given the opportunity to work with special guests, often Grammy-winning artists, former Stax Records artists, songwriters, musicians, and engineers. These guests share their talent, insight, and knowledge and give students a peak into the music industry.

The Summer Music Experience culminates with a Grand Finale Concert at the historic Levitt Shell in Overton Park, with audiences topping 5,000.

More than 70% of our students attend the Summer Music Experience with the help of financial aid. Below are sponsorship opportunities for you to help make this life-changing experience possible for as many students as possible.

Presenting Sponsor – $20,000

  • Recognition as the Presenting Sponsor of the Summer Music Experience and Grand Finale Concert in all media releases, event advertising, promotional items, social media messaging, event signage, online promotions, and e-newsletters (Facebook reach: 75,000, Twitter reach: 15,000, e-news reach: 10,000)
  • Acknowledgement as the Student Success Sponsor on 100 student t-shirts worn the day of the Grand Finale Concert
  • Your name/company signage on-stage during event performances
  • On-stage acknowledgement by hosts during Grand Finale Concert
  • Opportunity for representative to speak during event and VIP reception to be held at Levitt Shell prior to finale concert
  • Your name/company logo on Stax Music Academy website, Soulsville Foundation website, and social media sites with link to your company website
  • Ten (10) invitations to pre-event VIP reception and ten (10) reserved seats at the Grand Finale Concert
  • One hundred (100) one-time, non-expiring admission passes to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Twenty-five (25) VIP tickets to one of Stax Music Academy’s other Concert Series performances
  • Performance by Stax Music Academy at corporate or client event within the school year
  • Complimentary use of Stax Museum of American Soul Music for private event (maximum attendance: 150; expiration: 07/01/2017)

Supporting Sponsor – $10,000

  • Recognition as the Presenting Sponsor of the Summer Music Experience and Grand Finale Concert in all media releases, event advertising, promotional items, social media messaging, event signage, online promotions, and e-newsletters (Facebook reach: 75,000, Twitter reach: 15,000, e-news reach: 10,000)
  • Acknowledgement as the Student Success Sponsor on 100 student t-shirts worn the day of the Grand Finale Concert
  • Your name/company signage on-stage during event performances
  • On-stage acknowledgement by hosts during Grand Finale Concert
  • Opportunity for representative to speak during event and VIP reception to be held at Levitt Shell prior to finale concert
  • Your name/company logo on Stax Music Academy website, Soulsville Foundation website, and social media sites with link to your company website
  • Ten (10) invitations to pre-event VIP reception and ten (10) reserved seats at the Grand Finale Concert
  • Fifty (50) one-time, non-expiring admission passes to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Fifteen (15) VIP tickets to one of Stax Music Academy’s other Concert Series performances

Sustaining Sponsor – $5,000

  • Recognition as the Presenting Sponsor of the Summer Music Experience and Grand Finale Concert in all media releases, event advertising, promotional items, social media messaging, event signage, online promotions, and e-newsletters (Facebook reach: 75,000, Twitter reach: 15,000, e-news reach: 10,000)
  • On-stage acknowledgment at Grand Finale Concert
  • Opportunity for representative to speak during VIP reception to be held at Levitt Shell prior to the concert
  • Your name/company logo on Stax Music Academy website, Soulsville Foundation website, and social media sites with link to your company website
  • Eight (8) invitations to pre-event VIP reception and eight (8) reserved seats at the Grand Finale Concert
  • Twenty-five (25) one-time, non-expiring admission passes to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Ten (10) VIP tickets to one of Stax Music Academy’s other Concert Series performances.
  • Free admission for 2 to attend a workshop and activity to meet the instructors and students

Sponsorship Agreement Form (PDF)