A Guthrie Center & Music to Life Collaboration: Better World A-Comin’ – Part I

A Guthrie Center & Music to Life Collaboration: Better World A-Comin’ – Part I

Date: Friday, 11/5/21
Time: 1-3 pm CT
Place: Guthrie Theater (RSVP here for a free ticket, if in-person) and Facebook Live (recorded for future viewing)

The Woody Guthrie Center and Music to Life are coming together to launch Better World A-Comin’ — a three-part series designed to empower local/regional musicians to revitalize the creative economy and heal their communities. Through coalition building, facilitated discussions and workshops, musicians will understand the resources, skills and partnerships needed to build a social change practice and deliver sustainable, community-oriented programs. Check out the Series Overview below for more information about each session.

We welcome ​aspiring and ​mentor artists, sponsors and underwriters to this effort:

  • Musicians are encouraged to attend Parts I and II — mentoring sessions with Mary Gauthier and SaulPaul.
  • Musicians who would like to participate in the series and qualify for Part III, Accelerator Workshop/Change Agent Training, should complete the application linked here. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, 2/21/22.
  • Sponsors and underwriters, please connect with Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center, Deana McCloud (deana@woodyguthriecenter.org) to learn more.​

The first mentorship session will take place with Mary Gauthier on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 1-3 pm CT. Mary is a Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter and was named one of the best songwriters of her generation by the Associated Press. She’s also a published author; her first book Saved by a Song came out on St. Martin’s Press in 2021.

Artists will join a dialogue facilitated by Mary, covering topics like: marketing yourself as a social change artist, identifying the right partners and expanding your community impact beyond performances. The session is open to the public and other artists who are eager to manifest their vision for community change without constantly sacrificing their personal and professional livelihoods. Help us spread the word and share this Facebook event with your friends!

Series Overview

Parts I & II (November 2021 - January 2022): Mentor Exchanges — Public sessions involving seasoned national social change artists and local/regional Tulsa, OK artists. Facilitated exchanges around tips and tools behind building effective social change through music.

Part III (April 2022): Change Agent Training — Music to Life’s Accelerator Workshop is a weekend incubator for a select group of social change musician entrepreneurs, designed to support their work and introduce best practices in grants, resource and partnership development. Participating artists leave with a draft grant proposal, fundraising and partnership ideas and an individualized "artist change-maker" statement.

Musicians who would like to participate in the Workshop should complete the application by Monday, February 21, 2022.

Kalyn Fay
Mary Gauthier
Branjae Jackson
Briana Wright