FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Liz Stookey Sunde
Boise Musician Changemaker Accelerator
-Opportunity for local artists to create social change through their music-
Boise, Idaho— Boise’s first Musician Changemaker Accelerator Workshop (BMCA) - a full-day incubator for Boise-based musicians - launches on Tuesday, June 20th at Global Lounge in collaboration with local nonprofits Boise Hive, Global Lounge, Treefort Music Fest and national nonprofit, Music to Life. Also on board is national nonprofit Music in Common, as they launch their Boise-based Black Legacy Project. The BMCA will work with up to 20 socially conscious artists who want to go beyond a song and make lasting impact in their community without sacrificing financial sustainability.
Through a ‘deep-dive’ business-skills session, artists with ideas for music-driven community programs that address issues of environmental, racial and economic injustice, will receive training in proposal development, identifying good-fit partners and mobilizing community support. BMCA also invites local community advocates and industry changemakers to present. Finally, BMCA pairs artists with volunteer business mentors from Boise’s SCORE chapter and other mentor groups for post-training technical assistance and program troubleshooting.
"Our local music scene is thriving and musicians here need resources like this workshop to amplify their music to change the community for the better!" says Greg Bowman, Boise Hive’s Programs Director.
Participating artists receive a full package of benefits including: $50 stipend, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and all Accelerator training and materials (estimated value of $1K).
“Our work around the country empowers musicians to put their creative ideas for community healing into practice,” says Liz Stookey Sunde, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Music to Life. “Our goal is to help heart-driven artists collaboratively address the causes that need their attention while also sustaining themselves financially and spiritually.”
Applications are now open to musicians with ideas for community-based programs. Application is linked here. Deadline is June 12th at 11:59 pm. As Boise Hive’s mission to serve all Boise music creators intersects with Music to Life’s commitment to racial justice, equity and inclusion, applications from women, people of color, and those who identify with or are members of historically marginalized or underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.
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Music to Life is a national nonprofit, co-founded by Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) and his daughter Liz, to connect socially conscious musicians with the resources needed for community change; Boise Hive prevents suicide in the music community through counseling, education, referrals, and other mental health services; Global Lounge is committed to the promotion of cultural awareness by harnessing the power and beauty of diversity for individual and community development. Treefort Music Fest creates opportunities for artists and creatives and underserved communities.
Music to Life partners with national nonprofit, Music in Common, to support the Boise launch of their Black Legacy Project, a musical celebration of Black history to advance racial solidarity, equity, and belonging taking place June 12 - 18 with free events for musicians and non-musicians alike. Music to Life's day-long intensive incubator-the Musician Changemaker Accelerator Workshop will follow on June 20th. Community members interested in participating in the Black Legacy Project BOISE roundtable discussion on June 12th can register here. Tickets to the free culminating concert and film screening can be reserved here.
Music to Life is a national nonprofit, co-founded by Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) and his daughter Liz, to connect socially conscious musicians with the mentors, resources and training needed to realize their bold visions for community change. For more, visit www.musictolife.org