The Bridge Music Project

Middle school student singin in front of his peers

Marshall Middle School songwriting workshops

The City of Olympia partners with The Bridge Music Project to host six-week workshops where youth work together to write original music that shares their stories. Youth are led through the songwriting process by experienced music mentors.

At the conclusion of the workshop, students record their finished songs with a professional audio engineer. Students also host a showcase where they perform their finished songs to their school community. This is a project where youth of all experience levels and musical styles can develop their talents in a supportive environment.

Young person singing into microphone, eyes closed

The Collective: An open-mic series

The Bridge Music Project hosts open mic nights designed to serve youth who are currently experiencing homelessness. These open mics are held at a local shelter near Downtown Olympia.

The mission behind this project is to provide Olympia’s homeless youth an opportunity to engage in the arts using a format that meets them where they're at. This project also introduces the concept that music and writing can be used as tools to deal with life's challenges. These events include all different styles of music and expression from poetry to live guitar.

Youth singing into microphone during album resording session

The Bridge Music Project album

Each year, The Bridge Music Project releases an album showcasing some of the top talents from Olympia’s thriving youth music scene. Artists featured on these albums are selected by The Bridge for their skills and leadership abilities.

Production on our 2019 album was done by Matt Smokovich aka SMOKE M2D6. Matt has worked with some of Hip Hops best-selling artists and has had his music licensed by companies including Samsung, Kit Kat, and Adidas. This professional quality album that embodies the artistic spirit of Olympia’s youth!

Adult singing into microphone while mentoring youth

Adult-youth mentorship program

In this eight-week program, youth are paired with adult music mentors to meet on a weekly basis. During these meetings, youth are mentored in songwriting and music production. Mentors act as supportive adults for youth who have often experienced major life challenges. Mentoring sessions are held at The Capitol Theater in Downtown, Olympia. The mission of this project is to provide youth with positive adult role models who share a common interest in music.

Crowd of youth gathered at outdoor summer concert

The Bridge Summer Concert Series

Each Summer, The Bridge Music Project hosts an annual concert series in Downtown, Olympia. In these events, youth from The Bridge perform alongside regionally and nationally known artists. Past concert series performers include Grammy winners such as Kimya Dawson (Juno Soundtrack) and Wanz (featured singer on “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore).

The series also includes The Bridge All-Styles Dance Battle, an open tournament that features experienced dancers from across Washington and Oregon. Concerts feature live visual art, activities, and information about local organizations. These are family-friendly events meant to celebrate the vibrant youth arts culture of Olympia.


For information about any of The Bridge Music Project programs, contact Bobby Williams at 574.309.1484 or