Unknown For Now – Lyric’s Inspirational Hip-Hop

I first met Lyric - aka Stephon Baldwin - when he was in high school. As an attendee of a music mentorship program I was involved with, he displayed a discipline and work ethic not common in someone his tender age. After a few months of classes, it was a revelation to see him command the stage with well-rehearsed talent and natural charisma. …

Mentoring Youth: Live Performance and Songwriting

In late 2015, members of the Dubuque Area Arts Collective developed a new program building on the organization’s mission statement to mentor and empower young artists. Project 1 was devised to encourage young musicians to work together toward learning the fundamentals of live performance and songwriting. This goal was to be achieved with assistan…