In the 1950s and 60s, African Americans rose up against the crippling, dehumanizing injustice of systemic inequality and racism. One of the many songs that brought people together, gave courage and kept spirits up was Eyes on the Prize. “Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.” Violent repression, jail, beatings, sometimes even death did not stop that movement from holding on.
In today’s global turmoil of war, injustice and climate disaster, we need to remember to hold on.
We need to hold on to the knowledge that positive social change always comes from the ground up, and we are on the ground, making those changes.
We need to hold on to each other, build community around the world, encourage each other, work together, take care of each other.
We need to hold on to our vision, inspired by the values of active nonviolence and creative, inclusive music making, bringing connection, community and hope.
As 2017 comes to a close, we ask our supporters around the world to hold on to your hope, to your communities, and to us. Please help us to continue our work in 2018, keeping our eyes on the prize.
In 2017, we reached over 10,000 young people through music in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. We have seen music make a difference in their lives, building hope, confidence and connection among people affected by war and armed conflict.
There is still more work to be done.
Every person can make a difference through music. On June 21st we have invited musicians around the world to organize benefit concerts for World Wide Music Day, an annual celebration of the right to music.
Please join your voice with musicians around the world to help us bring music to where it is needed most.