Los Angeles based, HNDP is dedicated to providing an outlet for under-served students to facilitate an entry-point into the music industry. Our year-round programs aim to bring authentic resources, experiences and partnerships to diverse communities and audiences.
HNDP was co-founded in 2009, by Aaron Duran and William Correa, to provide students with a safe space and outlet for creative expression. First operating out of the world-famous Self Help Graphics & Art as Hard N Da Paint, these weekly open mics every Friday after school attracted a diverse crowd of lyricists, musicians and fans of live music.
Over the years, as the participants became more experienced, Aaron and William decided to begin putting together showcases, pairing up known musicians with the artists coming out of their workshops. These showcases provided a unique platform for students that normally wouldn’t be able to perform in such environments. After a few successful events, the format for HNDP began to evolve and a more structured curriculum was introduced.
Currently, HNDP offers a variety of programs ranging from 1-day open mic/jam sessions, to full music management which includes audio/video production, marketing, event organizing & promotion and merchandising.
HNDP provides a positive outlet for under-served students to facilitate an entry-point into the music industry.
The year-round HNDP programs aim to bring authentic resources, experiences and partnerships to diverse communities and audiences
Mentorship - Not just about arts education, we strive to provide a deeper level of personal and professional guidance
Openness - No one is turned away and we’re open for all. Even if you’re not artistic, we’ll find a way for participation
Respect - Instructors, mentors and students are required to show respect in all aspects of the program and throughout its events
Entrepreneurship – We foster relationships, self-determination and a collaborative spirit in everything we do
Aaron Duran Co-Founder, Board of Directors
Why HNDP? HNDP developed from the need for a safe space to have artistic expression and build community. As a performing artist in Los Angeles and San Jose, open spaces were pivotal to Aaron’s development personally and professionally. Having recognized a void in opportunities for young artists, HNDP was started in 2009 at Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles. After two shows, it was apparent the open-mic attendee’s wanted to do more than just perform, and thus the HNDP music business program was born.
William Correa Co-Founder, Board of Directors
Why HNDP? I am emotionally tied to the HNDP.LA org, not only as co-founder, as the first success story. It gave me purpose during a time of personal lows. Having a refuge and educated support system gave me the confidence to leave a negative lifestyle behind. HNDP.LA has the tools needed to begin working towards your goals. I believe in HNDP.LA.
Stephen Saiz President, Board of Directors
Why HNDP? HNDP has a tremendous opportunity be become a truly innovative non-profit arts organization which is why I jumped at the chance to become part of the leadership team. The work William and Aaron, it's co-founders, have already accomplished is commendable so being able to participate in the next phase of growth and introduce HNDP to a greater number of participants is exciting.
María Rebecca Cortez Vice President, Board of Directors
Why HNDP? I’m committed to working toward ensuring that public school children have access to everything they need to ensure the highest quality of life for themselves. I believe that children need access to a multitude of forms of artistic expression in order to develop as confident, self-reliant, and self-motivated individuals. Many children need an extra boost to help them connect to their educational goals and demands, and artistic expression is a powerful way to do so.
Leslie Saiz Secretary, Board of Directors
Why HNDP? HNDP provides a creative platform where kids and young adults are given access to express themselves. The neighborhoods they serve will continue to need these types of programs so to ensure their unique mission is fulfilled and play a role in establishing the organization will be an honor.
Omar Ramirez Board of Directors
Why HNDP? I’ve dedicated my life to serving youth, whether as an arts educator, nonprofit leader or through public art projects, such as when I collaborated with educators and activists to establish the East Palo Mural Art Project. I was impressed with the buzz HNDP created with their grassroots outreach. Once I looked into them, the programing further hit home as I also love music and hip-hop culture. Over the years, I’ve actively been a “digger” (collecting and archiving music), was involved in music creation and am currently a DJ.
The Music Production series dives deeper into music creation. Students learn the latest tools and techniques allowing them to walk away with multiple recordings and audio samples.
Ready to learn the ropes of video game development? Over the course of 12 weeks create an original game prototype. Develop your project while learning about video game design, development, publishing and team management.
The Open Mic series provides a safe space for aspiring artists to practice while serving as a gathering place for the community to enjoy music & art. Our sessions are improvisational and artists of all levels are welcome to participate.
The Music Development series introduces students to the broader disciplines of the music industry. We focus heavily on networking, collaboration and a do-it-yourself methodology to teach marketing, promotions and event management.
The HNDP Open Mic series provides a safe space for artists, a practice ground for new music industry professionals, and serves as a gathering location for the community to enjoy music.
General Info - info@HNDP.LA
Donations play an integral role in helping us meet our operations budget to maintain and grow our programming. HNDP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, your donations are fully tax deductible (Tax ID:46-0745477). Thank you for your consideration.
Donate safely and securely online.
For more information or questions about donating to HNDP, Please email: Donation@HNDP.LA
HNDP will be offering unique clothing and merchendise as part of the upcoming Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our mobile performance space and studio.