Back in February, Mike Posner announced his first Amor Fati Music Academy scholarship program for young artists to be mentored by world-class musicians, producers, and songwriters. Only five winners were selected and are currently in the mountains of Telluride, CO from May 16th – May 23rd.
The winners of the fellowship include:
- Colin Huntley – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
- dwilly – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
- Myylo – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
- Torr Yatco – Instagram | Twitter
- Valentina – Instagram | Facebook
Fun Fact: I actually shared Colin Huntley’s “Be As You Are” (Mike Posner cover) 3 years ago here on the fansite because it was SO GREAT. Check out his performance here!
Take a look below at a couple of videos documenting their first 2 days!
Day 1 of Amor Fati Music Academy:
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Can’t thank our amazing sponsors enough. We just finished Day 1 of #AmorFatiMusicAcademy. Feeling grateful to see these young artists working in the beautiful mountains of Telluride. Much more to come. 🙏 @ableton @ascap @bose @fender @stem @strymonengineering @taylorguitars @we.are.roli 🎶 by @itsdwilly 🎥 by @double.zee
Day 2 of Amor Fati Music Academy:
“I’m at the point in my career where I don’t want to devote all my energy to making myself more and more successful, and I want to dedicate some of my energy to helping other people be successful in the music industry as well. At Amor Fati Music Academy our mentors will pass down the years of wisdom and knowledge they have amassed in the music industry to young artists. We have some of the best artists, producers, and voice teachers in the world mentoring young adults. We have more mentors than mentees so the level of attention for the mentees will be unparalleled. Also, this will take place in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Telluride, CO.” – Mike Posner
The goal of the Amor Fati program is to award scholarships to five hand-selected aspiring artists that will provide them with a unique week-long immersion into songwriting, production and computer software. While spending time in the mountains, they will learn studio skills and how to write/produce/record songs (to which they will retain ALL rights), as well as nutrition, fitness and meditation practices to help them reach their potential as musicians and people. They will be coached by veteran world-class musicians, producers, and songwriters including:
- Mike Posner (prolific Grammy®-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, poet, and podcaster)
- Adam Friedman (Arizona native turned Californian singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist)
- James Valentine (Grammy®-nominated musician and songwriter, world-renowned lead guitarist of Maroon 5; has recorded and performed with John Mayer, Jenny Lewis, and Reel Big Fish)
- Vance Gilbert (world-class folk singer, songwriter, performer, storyteller and vocal instructor from Philly; has released thirteen albums)
- Pete Kuzma (master keyboardist, songwriter, and poet who has played with Rihanna, JLO, and Demi Lovato; produces in Ableton; additionally, is a trained nutrition and fitness expert)
- GRiZ (DJ and electronic producer from Michigan, who is known for playing the saxophone along with producing funk, electro-soul and self-described future-funk; releasing four albums, he has toured with artists such as Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gramatik, and Big Gigantic; master in Ableton)
- Alex Banayan (acclaimed keynote speaker, author, and life coach; listed as one of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ and Business Insider’s ‘Most Powerful People Under 30’)
- Dave Stroud (American vocal coach, vocal educator, lecturer and creator of VocalizeU and established VocologyInPractice; has worked with high profile artists such as Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Kelly Clarkson)
- Jacy Cunningham (dynamic movement therapist, group fitness instructor, and creator of The Jacy Method – a movement based experience designed to facilitate harmonious community)
- Zach Allia (Utah-based master travel and portrait photographer)
Contributing partners for the Amor Fati Music Academy scholarship program include ASCAP and the program’s official distribution partner, Stem, Ableton, Bose, Fender, Strymon Engineering, Taylor Guitars, and ROLI.