How Artists are Healing our Country
Brave Troubadours is an educational series, showcasing today's frontline musical activists. Each live episode offers 60+ minutes of song and conversation - an entertaining and inspiring virtual roundtable that explores music's capacity to move the needle on the issues of our time such as civil rights, climate advocacy, poverty, and health. Meet artists on the frontlines of change, bring your questions and learn how to take some music-driven action of your own.
May's episode honors Immigration Advocacy and will look at the immigrant experience in the United States through the lens of three dedicated musician change makers: Enrique Chi is a member of the indie band Making Movies, and founder of Art as Mentorship, and its related fundraising and multi-media arm AMERIKANA which explores the diverse influences of American music. Amanda Pascali is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and founder of the Immigrant American Folk Project which uses music to foster a sense of belonging among immigrants and first-generation Americans. Taiyo Na, is a writer, educator and musician whose work spans work two decades of cultural and pedagogical contributions to urban communities.
April's episode honors Earth Day. We'll focus on environmental justice, and caring for the land and each other. Joining us are three diversely talented musicians: RaShad Eas (AKA Dr. Thomas Easley) is a prolific lyricist and academic whose art teaches people of all ages about life, social justice and the environment. Elexa Dawson creatively explores what it means to be Anishinaabe, honoring the healing of past ancestors and generations to come by sharing her culture of music, food and story. Troubadours of Divine Bliss (Aim Me and Renee) are healing guides and musicians who inspire courage of the heart through their travels, performances and their retreat center - Way of the Heart Woods - which facilitates ecological and spiritual renewal. Join these frontline social change musicians as they perform live, offer the stories behind their work, and participate in a round-table discussion.
In this episode, we'll focus on the courage, strength and resilience of women, in honor of Women's History Month. We'll hear from Brad Corrigan whose connection with a Nicaraguan girl who lost her life to human trafficking inspired him to write the soundtrack and produce the film, "Ileana's Smile". Maya Jupiter shares her experience of empowering women through Hip Hop, and Kamica King discusses the evolution of her program, Musically Me, Ultd, created to facilitate self-esteem among young women of color. Join these frontline social change musicians as they perform live, offer the stories behind their work, and participate in a round-table discussion.
Honoring Black History Month
Over the past 10 months, we've had a fresh wave of grief, anger and outrage around systemic racism in the United States. Brave Troubadours explores the Black American experience through the talents and lived experiences of three artists - GP Jackson, Chad Harper and Kyshona Armstrong - whose music and activism both acknowledge the persistent challenges of race-based prejudice and showcase several resilient and courageous paths forward.
Building Bridges/Bridging Divides
This series focused on Building Bridges/Bridging Divides. As we head into a new and restorative cycle of national leadership, Brave Troubadours will feature three artists whose re-connective and restorative tunes and stories will help refresh your faith in the capacity of music to unify (and heal) our country.
Taking Music to the Streets!
The series debuted on Wednesday, November 18th at 8 pm ET with a focus on the confluence of pandemics (health, poverty/economy and racial justice) and the social change musicians that are addressing these challenges head-on.