Community

We have nearly endless opportunities to incorporate our values into our music. From creating a fan community anchored in belonging and inclusion to partnering with a social justice organization while on the road. Typically, these tactics and strategies get the most coverage and sometimes are the only ways to be active in our movements. We know, though, that these strategies are best if they are rooted in our values and built on top of personal work that we have done and have, yet, to do. 

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Social Media

As a person or band that works with social media to connect to fans, announce upcoming or released projects, and generally share our work in music, it's worth figuring out how social media does or does not fit into our lives in a healthy way. Everyone will be different in their ideology and approach, but the work to determine the role of social media in our private and professional lives will include a lot of self-awareness, practice with boundaries, and a clear vision of what you are and are not asking social media to do. 

Social media can be difficult to contain. That makes this work hard, but not impossible. 

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  • Since social media and your relationship to it is so personal, your path to a good balance with it will also be personal. If you're just getting started with your evaluation of it, try this quick listen

Resisting the Rural/ Urban Divide Myth

We may unconsciously lean back on stereotypes of urban or rural populations which leaves little room for nuance and guarantees a stunted perspective. Behind these generalizations are misconceptions about poverty, the undervaluing of rural communities, and a multitude of myths that keep us focused on what we feel like divides us. Once we educate ourselves, we can not only grow as musicians, but we can spread healthier information through our presence on stage and in our music.

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Resources

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Every website has a story, and your visitors want to hear yours. This space is a great opportunity to give a full background on who you are, what your team does and what your site has to offer. Double click on the text box to start editing your content and make sure to add all the relevant details you want site visitors to know.

If you’re a business, talk about how you started and share your professional journey. Explain your core values, your commitment to customers and how you stand out from the crowd. Add a photo, gallery or video for even more engagement.

Belonging and Inclusion

Fostering inclusion and belonging means creating experiences that reinforce a sense of connection, community and shared destiny. 

You won't be able to connect and live in a world of shared destiny with everyone. However, when you disagree with someone, or they disagree with you, it allows for vulnerable work to find the places where you can connect. 

 

None of us has the energy to fix everything, but adjusting your lens to focus on the things we have in common will help our whole society pivot towards a healthier, more peaceful coexistence. 

The goal of an inclusive democracy is not one where everyone agrees. In fact, it's one where there is space for differences. 

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Self-Care

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Part of what’s important in this process is to remember our own health and our own bodies and trauma that comes up from being in and navigating the music biz

Physical depletion and fatigue navigating the presence of alcohol in the business and performance spaces

There are elements of our practice to develop an awareness of.

Don’t need to clutch on to it and get stuck in navigating the awareness and not to get attached to it or get stuck in it but to 

Remember this work can be and should be restorative, and it can require extra awareness

To work to stretch and learn and have it be fun is important

As is recognizing and working within your capacity and to recognize that part of why you ore in this caretaking and activist space is because you want to be and you’re already doing the work

How can we reframe the works so we can have more impact on our communities?

Breaking Isolation

Being authentic, present and honest breaks isolation. This creates a connection between you and others, and in the cases where it's public, it also creates space for those who are listening and hoping to feel seen, too. You can’t always puncture someone's isolation, but you can create an atmosphere for yourself and others that encourages connection and growth. 

 

The goal is not to prepare musicians to become mental health practitioners, but to understand ways that our music and relationships with other musicians and/or an audience can be a positive and essential experience for all. By nature, music can be very isolating during its creation, but recognizing and breaking our own isolation will offer an opportunity to create an atmosphere for our bandmates and fans to do the same. 

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Collaborating with Justice Movements

Successful collaborations with justice movements, community organizations, advocacy nonprofits, or other collectives benefit from general partnership skills.

 

What are you offering? What do others need? These are great places to start, but the most effective collaborations are built on trust and authentic relationships. Setting expectations within your collaboration while creating pathways for honest communication will generate more change, plus build resilience for weathering bumps--like backlash, misunderstandings, or unexpected problems--while working together. 

Being realistic about what you actually have capacity to offer a group or movement will also make your collaboration more successful. And that's a win-win for all.

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  • This is an article about how nonprofit organizations can effectively partner with each other, but there is some helpful translatable information. 

Backlash

There is a difference between trying to avoid backlash versus anticipating and having a strategy for backlash. It could be that you or your band made a mistake and have an apology to make. On the other hand, backlash could also mean that what you are doing is effective and there is predictable resistance to your impact from those threatened by inclusion. 

Your own personal de-escalation preparedness will be the key to understanding more about any backlash, plus your best course of action will not be determined in a state of duress. 

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  • Since backlash and the response is so individual to each scenario, consider using topics in the Me section, like apologizing and listening, as a starting place. No matter the situation, responding from a defensive place will likely not generate productive results.