Need: Connections/networking/offers needed! Empowering, healing, and transforming communities through music
I am writing with the hope to connect with other women who would be interested in teaming up with me, or who might have ideas or suggestions to help me realize a music project (and longer term line of work) to empower women through musical expression and musical community.
I am an ethnomusicologist and while my special area of knowledge is the music healing and trance traditions of Morocco (and widely North Africa), I am beginning the steps to work for or create my own organization that works to empower women through musical means. I've recently been speaking with women at NGOs and non-profits in the Boston area about a couple projects such as PeaceTones and Hope on A String that empower musicians in the developing world to have a voice and express their voices with music. Part of what these organizations do is music rights education and education on self-promotion in order to level the playing field for world musicians (women too, of course!). Other organizations use music as an expressing, enjoyable, and meaningful crux to gather communities for other goals. It is important to first find out what a given community wants and needs and I feel passionate that music could (and should) be part of other human rights and empowerment work.
While I'm particularly interested in setting something up (or working for another organization that already exists) in North Africa--such as a project that could speak to the Arab Spring, perhaps--I am open to any other areas and experiences as well.
At this point, I'm in a brainstorming and networking stage. I just finished a mid-career Master's degree in ethnomusicology (the anthropology of music, basically) and am currently seeking employment. I would love to connect with other women who are also interested in music as a cultural, political, and healing mechanism but would be very grateful for any suggestions of organizations, groups and/or jobs I should/could look into.
Many thanks and blessing!