We've got a big vision: To make the world a better place through music
We are revolutionizing the role that musicians play in social change...
Beyond a single anthem, benefit concert or rally, music’s true power for change lies in the hands of those who create it.
While the challenges of our communities are daunting, Music to Life knows how to find and support these musical visionaries: artists who are dedicated to helping people and the planet through their work on civil and human rights, climate change, poverty and health. We help them enhance their outreach, deepen their community organizing skills, and build effective music-driven programming.
Working together, we can develop a vast network of skilled musician change agents around the country that can galvanize, heal, unify and revitalize our communities. We invite you to learn more...and join us!
What do Musician Changemakers Need?
Mentorship & Networking
We are uniquely positioned
Music to Life has collaborated for years with a broad network of artists, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and music industry leaders to explore how music can deliver positive, measurable social change. We know what we're doing...
Seasoned & Field-Tested
We build upon the strong historical legacy of music-driven movements, and decades of producing, programming and research in the field of arts & social justice
Responsive & Resourceful
We are a virtual organization, tapping talent from around the country and pivoting to meet immediate needs and opportunities
Entrepreneurial & Innovative
We believe that musicians have a valued and vital creative role to play in healing and revitalizing our communities
Diverse & Representative
We engage with a diverse roster of contemporary social change artists around the country who are tackling a broad range of issues
Leading the Team
Mobilizing our nation's musicians into an army of changemakers requires an incredible team. We’re grateful to have creative, skilled and committed leaders guiding our organization.
Liz Stookey Sunde & Noel Paul Stookey
A cultural icon for the political and protest movements of the 60’s, Noel Paul Stookey (of the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary) and his enterprising daughter, Liz, carry the organization's vision together.
For more than a decade, Liz & Noel Paul have explored the landscape of music and social justice, asking how music might become a more strategic tool for social change. To test the waters, the father/daughter pair recruited a diverse, cross-functional national team, producing social justice songwriting contests, multimedia programs, educational panels, conference sessions and commemorative events.
The answer to their question? Music isn't the tool for change...the artists are.
Staff and Consultants
Music to Life is a virtual organization with a lean staff, highly engaged board, and skilled contractors from around the country.
Liz Stookey Sunde
Partner, Altschul Olin & Vandergast, LLP
Attorney, Liskow & Lewis
Principal, Communications Trainer/Coach
Attorney, Oracle America, Inc.
Founder, Hummingbird Research, Coaching & Consulting
Global Marketing Consultant
Marketing & Strategy Consultant
Artist, Graduate, Musician Changemaker Accelerator
Owner/Partner, Museum Collective
Artist & Graduate, Musician Changemaker Accelerator
Owner, Sawicki Consulting
Former Director, Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Lara Shen Hejtmanek
Director, Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Artist; Executive Director Shards of Light Foundation
Noel “Paul” Stookey
Artist; Co-Founder, Music to Life
Elizabeth Stookey Sunde
Co-Founder and Exec Director, Music to Life
Associate, Holland & Knight LLP
President and Founder, Blue J Strategies
Robyn Brady Ince, Ed.M.
Executive Director, Newark City of Learning Collaborative
Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music; President, Ralph Jaccodine Management
Executive Director, ASCAP Foundation
Producer and Writer, One Foot Productions
Diana D. Northrop
Founder, JRNE Artist Management
E.W. Stetson III
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center
Founder and Co-CEO, Sunshine Sachs
Ken Kragen (In Memorium)
Organizer, We Are The World and Hands Across America; Recipient, United Nations Peace Medal
The artists we work with are talented, socially conscious musicians and educators across genres, styles and generations. They work with us to build their entrepreneurial skills as change agents, mentor next generation artists, identify and secure funding and promotional opportunities, and collaborate on music-driven social change projects.
If you're an established or emerging artist with a passion for an issue, interest in networking with like-minded peers and advancing positive change in your community, we invite you to apply to join our juried artist list. You'll be connected with performance, program, mentorship and other opportunities to amplify your efforts.
Applications are reviewed on a regular basis by the Music to Life Team and can be accessed here.