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Need: Connections/networking/offers needed! Empowering, healing, and transforming communities through music

Dear Women,

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!
Tamara

Comments

Coachpauline's picture

Hello Tamara; Congratulations

Hello Tamara;

Congratulations on your achievement, and on your vision to use your strengths and creativity to further the lives of women around the world.

I have no idea how we could be of mutual support to each other, but am fascinated by your project. I will give some serious thoughts to it. Perhaps at sometime you'd like to have a conversation? I would enjoy that. Please contact me, and I'm happy to call you if it's more convenient.

In the meantime, keep the faith!

Warmly

Pauline Haynes
Certified Life Coach
www.paulinehaynes.com

missjenn's picture

Hello

Hi Tamara,

I just came across your website when I searched under "music".

My passion is music too! And using music to promote peace. Some of my favorite websites are MTV Exit and War Child.

How is your project going along?

Kind regards,

Jennifer

AFSU's picture

AFSU Children

Hello! Tamara, Its so interesting to find you with the same idea with AFSU we have been running such music program with primary school here in Uganda as you can watch same of the video on our YouTube through our website www.afsu.org we shall be very glad to hear more from you.

Yours truly,
Mugambe K.Hussein
AFSU(Advocacy Through Filming and Screening Uganda)
Plot.602 Rubaga Road
P.O.BOX 11519 Kampala-Uganda
Helpline:+256-772-365758
Res: +256-414-274114
Off: +256-414-274940/+256-312-296616/+256-414-598486
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