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Lyricism 101 - Music program in Albany, NY

Lyricism 101

Do you love Music, Writing, Engineering and/or Producing? Lyricism 101 is a program for members ages 13 to 18 designed to cultivate and amplify the powerful and formidable voices of Club teens.

Combining the powers of music and creativity! With two music studios, one at the Albany Clubhouse and the mobile Lyricism Bus, our Capital Area youth have access to instruments, production equipment, trained musical mentors and collaboration with peers. 

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Lyricism 101 2024 DJ Lessons

Lyricism 101

DJ Class

July 8 thru Aug 30

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-6 PM

Albany Clubhouse, 21 Delaware Ave

Open to ages 13-19


Lyricism 101

Music Festival

Friday, September 20, 2024

Shows starts at 5:00 PM

Albany Clubhouse, 21 Delaware Ave

Hosted by Aniyah Kouture

Enjoy new music, food, door prizes, and more!


Thank you to our community partners for making this event possible


2023 Music Festival

Music Festival

2022 BGCCA Music Festival

Music Festival

Artist: Black Superman

Black Superman aka Dauda Mohamed Kanneh

Song: Episode I

Artist: ZayJ

ZayJ (Zae- Jay) aka Izaiah Jones

Song: Perfect

Youth performing in front of the Lyricism RV in Albany, NY

Music RV


In an effort to reach more youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (BGCCA) developed a mobile music recording studio to be used for community engagement activities and music education programming. The Lyricism 101 RV Studio will provide an outlet to empower our teens through artistic expression allowing their voices to be heard in an engaging and productive manner thus providing an opportunity to become responsible citizens. Participants will not only build self-esteem but will achieve skills in creative writing, business practice, music production, studio engineering, and language development.

Lyricism 101 Mobile is an extension of the current Lyricism 101 program located at the Albany Clubhouse. The program features a fully functioning recording studio and DJ setup for “Live” events. Program participants write, produce and record their own music.

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Lyricism 101 RV

About Lyricism 101


The Lyricism 101 program positions Club members as torchbearers and experts in the ancient oral poetic traditions that continue to thrive around the world. The program recognizes the power of the literary arts, giving teens an opportunity to tell their stories, build community and express their artistic visions through the music of hip-hop culture and the culture of the cipher.

Special thanks: Arts Thrive and Grow has been funded by New York State, Kathy Hochul, Governor. We thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea, Stewart Cousins for her extraordinary commitment and leadership, and our elected officials who represent our grantmaking region: Senators Jake Ashby and Neil D. Breslin; Assemblymembers Scott H. Bendett, Patricia Fahy, John T. McDonald III, Angelo Santabarbara, Phil Steck, and Mary Beth Walsh

How it started:

In 2018, BGCCA introduced Lyricism 101 which is designed to cultivate and amplify the powerful voices of teens, giving them an opportunity to tell their stories, build community, and express their artistic visions through music expression. The program grew to serve over 50 active teens as they wrote, recorded, and produced over 150 songs within 3 months. Youth participated in video production workshops, live performance field trips and music video productions.


To expand the workspace the Club responded to this need by building a new recording room. An upgraded recording studio allowed the Club to have the capacity to serve teens from both Albany and Rensselaer County.


In October 2019, David Gordon, a local music teacher/audio engineer was brought in to coordinate the program. He has been assisting with getting the recording studio up and running. Gordon also reached out to “Mess and a Finesse LLC” in Boston, MA and successfully received a donation of a professional desk by "Arogsy". We look forward to continued support of this program from the community we serve.

In The News:
2023: WNYT
   2022: Spectrum News   2021: News 10

For more info please contact: David Gordon, Program Manager, (518) 806-1093  

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