Do you have an idea for using your music to reach people in need? Would you like to connect with other like-minded musical visionaries? Are you ready to learn more about making a living while making change? Music to Life regularly seeks talented musicians - as educators, mentors, performers and volunteers - to facilitate their growth as social change entrepreneurs and increase their impact on the issues of our time.
Whether you’re a new artist looking to learn about how to create a sustainable career in music for change through our Accelerator, a mid-career artist looking for issue-oriented performance platforms and a national network, or a seasoned pro looking to mentor new artists, we have a place for you. Let’s work together!
Artists at all levels of experience are also welcome to join us any time for our concerts, networking events and other opportunities by joining our mailing list. Please sign up here.
Apply to Become a Juried Artist
While our calendar and geographic locations vary, we invite social change musicians of all genres to introduce themselves and their work to Music to Life by completing an online application. Typically, qualified artists in our roster have the following strengths:
- Skill as a performing artist (original songs of concern, or reconceived classics, are encouraged)
- Demonstrated interest (and/or entrepreneurial concept) in an issue of concern
- Min. 1-3 years experience with community-based, music-driven social change efforts, initiatives or formal projects
Applications are screened by the Music to Life team on a rolling basis, year-round. If selected, you'll be invited to join Music to Life's juried roster, a diverse network of talented musicians who receive performance, educational and funding opportunities and a chance to participate in our Accelerator Academy and/or Accelerator Workshop. Given the many requests we receive, all submissions cannot be individually addressed; thank you for understanding.
Juried artists are also eligible to participate in our Impact Platforms (media opportunities that help promote and amplify your social change work including Brave Troubadours, our Podcast series with Howard University, and our HOPE RISES project).
Note: Given Music to Life’s commitment to racial justice, equity and inclusion, we believe that these issues must be central to the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and those who identify with or are members of historically marginalized or underrepresented communities.
We look forward to meeting you, thank you for your good work and interest!