Kate Spates


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Company Name
The Academy of Musical Performance

Kate Spates is a Co-Founder of The Academy of Musical Performance located in Indio, California. The AMP was the idea of Roman Whittaker who recognized the need to support music education in the Coachella Valley. That same year a small group of passionate musicians and educators launched the first AMP Summer Camp. Now their year-round music programs provide lessons for students between the ages of 8 and 18, and has grown in size in response to the demand for more programs. Kate serves as the AMP’s Executive Director, which provides her great pride in positively impacting the lives of so many young musicians.