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.
When fear of ‘the other’ is used to divide and control, connecting people across divides becomes a radical act. We train musicians to empower people who, as refugees, are often marginalized, maligned and excluded. We celebrate their talents and help build connections with their new communities.
Music can offer safety to the most vulnerable, community to the displaced, and a voice to the unheard.
We need your support to continue this work! Please give today.