About

The Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) Inc. celebrates the stories of Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

A volunteer-run, community-driven project, we invite you to share your story and get involved.


The mission of AP-AMP is to:

  • share the music, cultural heritage and stories of Springwood Avenue through oral histories, research, writing, and programs
  • develop accessible resources that reflect Asbury Park’s African American music heritage for the City of Asbury Park and others to use as a basis for interpretive heritage projects 
  • address a lack of representation in traditional historic resources and give voice to the stories of Asbury Park’s African American community
  • engage all who live in and visit Asbury Park in the active exploration, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of Asbury Park African American cultural heritage

What We Do

Research and Interviews

Since the beginning of AP-AMP in 2017, we have filmed interviews with locals musicians and community members who were part of the music scene on Springwood Avenue.

Other research activities includes recreating historic maps of Springwood Avenue and collecting photographs.

Our oral history interviews and photographs are held at the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University, and online through our Digital Museum.

Interview with AP-AMP in progress.
Members of the AP-AMP Team.
Our online research collection includes historical photographs, exclusive interviews with the people who were part of the Springwood Avenue music scene, and much more.

Youth and Community Education

We are proud to partner with the Asbury Park Public School District, the Asbury Park Public Library, and other community partners to offer educational events and cross-curricular lesson plans dedicated to the history of Asbury Park’s African-American community.

Youth education programs at the Asbury Park Public Library.
Learning more about the African-American music history of Asbury Park by browse through scrapbooks and historic memorabilia.
Asbury Park students learn about the Turf Club, a historic music venue on Springwood Avenue.
AP-AMP presentation for local students at the Asbury Park Public Library.


NEWS & EVENTS

Help AP-AMP Preserve the Legendary
TURF CLUB
in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Help AP-AMP save the Turf Club,
the last remaining structure that housed one of Springwood Avenue’s celebrated music spots, and create a community venue for music and culture.

The Turf Club, August 2020
Photo: Conni Freestone

NBC New York Live:
“Neighborhood Hot Spot: Asbury Park’s African American Music Project”


Thank you to everyone who joined us on June 21 for the official Launch Party for the Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) Inc.!

Special thanks to the Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery for hosting the event, and to the musicians who donated their time and talents!

And thank you to New Jersey Natural Gas for presenting us with a $5,000 Challenge Grant check!

Photo credits for all images below: Conni Freestone


Funding for the Asbury Park African-American Music Project is provided in part by:

  • the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural affairs within the Department of State
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • Walmart Giving
  • Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • New Jersey Council for the Humanities
  • Anserve Inc.
  • Individual supporters

You can find a few short videos that share some of these stories on YouTube: Asbury Park African American Music Heritage Project 

For more information, please email us: apaamhp@gmail.com

or write to us:
Asbury Park African-American Music Project Inc.
PO Box 485
Asbury Park, NJ 07712


Board of Directors:

Jennifer Souder
Yvonne Clayton
Kathleen Melgar
Melissa Keeling

Advisory Committee:

Charles Trott
Ruben Bray


“Down the Avenue: Stories of Springwood Avenue (Asbury Park, New Jersey).”
This mini-documentary by AP-AMP celebrates several musicians and music industry professionals whose careers touched Springwood Avenue and inspired the “Asbury Park Sound.”