L2P contributor Billy Mitchell has a long an impressive resume as a player, producer and event organizer. His experience includes stints with a slew of jazz greats and R&B acts as varied as the Gap Band and Billy Paul (remember "Me and Mrs. Jones"?) as well as being the point man for the long-running Playboy Jazz in Central Park event.

He has long served as a mentor for younger musicians via magazine and online columns and his book The Working Musician has, for the past few years, focused his efforts on disadvantaged youth through a group called SAPPA—Scholorship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy.

SAPPA is a music and arts preparatory program for youngsters in under-served communities that delivers a musical experience through workshops and clinics working in partnership with tutorial, mentoring and instructional programs.

SAPPA works to increase community awareness and student participation in existing programs, provide support systems for families, and assist students in their personal development. Their instrument loan project makes instruments available to students and schools in need. Billy recently organized a world music concert to benefit SAPPA and you can find more about the group as well as some really great performance clips right here.

Originally posted 2009-05-14 20:07:06.