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This summer's Real.Life.Music Camp will be
July 24th - 28th, 2017

Online Registration is now open, click here

Download Enrollment form, click here

Partial scholarships may be available for anyone based on financial need. Full scholarships are available for current and former foster youth through the Allegheny County Office of Children Youth and Families Summer Camp Guide. Also, full and partial scholarships may be available for youth living with Crohns and Colitis through The Reeva Project.
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Take a listen to our camper's amazing original music!



REAL.LIFE.MUSIC CAMP, developed and directed by Liz Berlin of Rusted Root is a unique opportunity, which provides young artists with invaluable knowledge, experience and resources, to help guide them towards success as working musicians in the music industry. Workshops and seminar topics range from band dynamics to booking your own shows, web presence and marketing, as well as musicianship and performance seminars. All participants walk away from the camp with a professionally recorded demo of their own original music, professional band photo, comprehensive bio and a wealth of printed resources to help guide them in their careers. REAL.LIFE.MUSIC CAMP culminates with a concert featuring the talents of all camp artists and bands as well as presenting and visiting artists. Also, If you are more interested in the technical side of recording, you can attend camp as an audio engineer. Ages generally range from 6 to 18, but anyone who feels they would benefit is welcome to attend. 

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If your school or group is interested in scheduling a MUSIC program just let us know. We can provide week-long, a day-long or a series of weekly sessions. We can schedule field trips, boy & girl scout merit badges and any kind of private program or event. We can also schedule programs for HOME-SCHOOL and CYBER-SCHOOL students. Contact for more information or to schedule a program.


We Rock Workshop

We are now in our fifth year of the We Rock Workshop, a residency program lead by Liz Berlin of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. This workshop guides young adults (ages 14-22) across Allegheny County who are currently involved with the Department of Human Services to open up through the arts by exploring the creation, production and performance of music and dance. The course culminates with the recording of original songs created by the participants and a final performance at Mr. Smalls Theatre. Students will leave the program with a CD containing the songs they collaborated on.

If you are a young person currently involved in the foster care and/or legal system that is interested in creating and performing music or dancing, then the We Rock Workshop would be an ideal opportunity to explore that creative outlet. We hope that we can encourage eligible students to meet new people and learn about the music industry while having fun. Our goal is for young people to express themselves while learning valuable skills and an understanding of the realities of the music industry.

The We Rock Workshop is currently in the recordingl phase. Auditions for dancers will be held in January 2015.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact or call 412-821-4447.


Creative.Life.Support Music Programs

Providing Opportunities for local and regional musicians

Creative.Life Support has had an amazing year of supporting local Pittsburgh musicians, expanding some programs, ending others and developing new directions.

Creative.Life.Support has co-presented many shows at Mr. Smalls’ new 175 capacity venue, The Funhouse, enabling local and regional musicians to be paid for their performances on a regular basis. With about 130 shows over 48 weeks, approximately 593 musicians were paid to perform their original music. The AcoustiCafe Open Stage collaboration has seen an average of 25 acts take the stage for the past 48 Monday nights, providing performance opportunity to upwards of 1200 people. The Centrifuge EDM open stage has seen 2 DJ’s and EDM Producers perform for 36 weeks, providing performance opportunity to 72 DJ’s. It has been a challenge to attract the crowds necessary to have Centrifuge weekly, so we have changed it to a monthly event.

Creative.Life.Support Records artists Drowning Clowns and StarHeadBody have continued creating original music over the past year and have played live shows locally in Pittsburgh as well as in Florida, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. New label projects include a collaboration between Liz Berlin and Pittsburgh’s #1 Jazz Diva Phat Man Dee entitled “Social Justice Disco: Songs To Fight Fascism By” and a group of musicians writing and recording a “Steampunk Opera” entitled Steam –or- The Spectres of The Knox Mill.

Our largest new endeavor this year was partnering with the Borough of Millvale to co-present two stages of music for the annual “Millvale Days” festival, featuring the best of local Pittsburgh artists.

This year we suspended the Revival Series local music showcases (where admission is free and bands are paid based on how many people come to see them and how well they play), but this coming year we are planning to try the Revival Series model with classical and chamber music.