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Today is the 41st annual World Music Day, or Fête de la Musique, a worldwide celebration of free and accessible music.
Adults are living longer, but support systems for older adults are not keeping up with this growing demographic. Luckily, arts workers at the intersection of aging and wellbeing are uniquely qualified to step in.
El Sistema Toronto students teamed up with award-winning Indigenous hip hop artist Cody Coyote and Juno-nominated Toronto rapper Saukrates to write and record “WAY: We Are Young,” a song that captures both the hopefulness and vulnerability of young people who are coming of age in a rapidly changing world.
We always champion the social impact of orchestral programs serving youth around the world, and part of that advocacy is a need to self-reflect and revisit our ideas with fresh eyes. To that end, the latest issue of Music and Arts in Action is worth a read.
It’s been said that our very own Eric Booth wrote the book on teaching artistry. Well, now he literally has: Making Change: Teaching Artists and Their Role in Shaping a Better World is an accessible, practical guide to teaching artistry, offering an easy on-ramp to newcomers and lots of good advocacy tools to old hands.
A 16–year–old’s song is letting young men in Australia know it’s okay to express their emotions. “Because Boys” was written by Rory Phillips as part of the Boys’ Vocal Program in New South Wales.
We know that music inspires us, uplifts us, and connects us. But did you know that music we consider “sad” achieves those outcomes just as well as—if not better than—happy music?
Applications are now open for a free training opportunity in the UK for arts facilitators interested in broadening their methodological toolkit. The program, run in tandem by Leeds Beckett University and Musicians Without Borders, will train participants in the working principles of the MWB music leadership programs that serve people impacted by war and armed conflict.
We often talk about prioritizing the wellbeing of the young people and communities we serve, but what about ourselves?
Michael Bonshor’s recent article in The Conversation examines the many reasons why certain music makes us feel good. Surprise: it’s all tied to individual preferences.