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Joseph Conyers Named Finalist for Lewis Prize for Music


AFM member Joseph Conyers has been named as one of the 10 finalists for the inaugural Lewis Prize for Music. The mission of the Lewis Prize is to partner with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music. Each finalist is dedicated to strengthening young people in their communities through rigorous and diverse music programs. Three winners each will receive a $500,000 award.

Conyers, a member of Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA), was nominated for his work with Project 440 in Philadelphia, of which he is the co-founder and executive director. This creative youth development program, established in 2007, has evolved from Conyers’s experience merging his talents as a professional musician in the Philadelphia Orchestra with his passion for community service.

Project 440 uses a shared love of music from any genre and the skills inherent in being a musician as the jumping-off point to strengthen identity, build community, and ultimately help young people develop the competencies needed to thrive. Whether the student plays the bassoon, creates electronic music, or anything in between, Project 440’s entrepreneurship and service curriculum provides young people with opportunities and tools for individual growth and community impact.

The Lewis Prize for Music is dedicated to openness, fairness, and transparency. The prize finalists and awardees are chosen through a rigorous and comprehensive process that incorporates evaluation and input from diverse music leaders, young people involved in creative youth development programs, and a review panel of experts. For more information, visit

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