Real Life Music Camp 2019 

This summer's Real.Life.Music Camp will be
July 15-19, 2019

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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 looking for interested young people to participate in the We Rock Workshop. Applications are being accepted from young adults (ages 14-21) across Allegheny County who are currently or formerly involved with the Department of Human Services Foster or Independent Living Programs. If you are interested in making music, listening to music, and performing then the We Rock Workshop is for you. This is a great opportunity to express yourself and to learn the reality of the music industry.

What the We Rock Workshop is all about: Liz Berlin (performer, recording artist, entrepreneur, and educator) guides students through a study of songwriting, recording, performance and the music industry from the inside out. As a founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root (formerly Island/Def Jam/Universal Music Group), Liz has gained much unique experience and insight to share with aspiring musicians. She will lead this program at Mr. Smalls Recording and Mastering Studio, guiding students to open up creatively through music, exploring the creation of music and looking into the future for ways to have musical meaning in their lives. The course culminates with the recording of original songs created by the participants and a final performance at Mr. Smalls Theatre. Each student will walk away with a CD of the song they collaborated on.

This program will involve three major components:

At Mr. Smalls Recording Studio (922 West North Ave on the North Side of Pittsburgh)

At 412 Youth Zone (6th floor of the Wood Street Commons downtown)

At Mr. Smalls Theatre (400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale, PA)

Auditions will be held in the fall for anyone wishing to participate in the We Rock Workshop.

Classes will begin in the fall and will take place on Monday nights from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at Mr. Smalls Recording Studio on the North Side.

Participant Expectations
Participants must be willing to collaborate enthusiastically with other students and instructors in all songwriting, recording studio sessions and rehearsals. Participants are required to attend every session. Members must communicate in advance if they will miss a session due to an emergency by calling Katina White at 239-938-4499.

For more information or to sign up for the We Rock Workshop, please contact, or call Creative.Life.Support at 412-407-7795.


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.