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Lidija Pisker

9 November 2020

Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nas Most uses artistic and cultural initiatives to combat loneliness among seniors. Over seven years, informal weekly meet-ups turned into formal painting and handicraft courses and membership grew from 30 to over 100...

Christian Science Monitor

Anita Elash

27 October 2020

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

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In Canada "hands-on, in-person music classes" have been approved as acceptable to hold during the coronavirus pandemic, but the safety precautions have made it difficult to achieve an ideal outcome. Rather than contin...

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Kate Roff

7 October 2020

Lake Orion, Michigan, United States

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The music industry has been uniquely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as described by the co-owner of a boutique music venue in Lake Orion who says, "We were the first to close and will be the last to re-open." T...

Balkan Insight

Lidija Pisker

9 September 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, Our Bridge in Bosnia provided services to seniors to combat social isolation. Despite having to shut down in-person classes due to the pandemic, both groups now use online art and musi...

Kensington Voice

Solmaira Valerio

7 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Step Up to the Plate is a collaborative effort of local organizations that began as a way to help those experiencing food insecurity due to Covid-19. Three outdoor sites have expanded to provide free meals, mental hea...

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Drew Schwartz

10 June 2020

United States

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In the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the 'big three' major record labels - Sony, Warner, and Universal have taken meaningless actions to address the racial inequity in the music industry. Donations, diversity pan...

Staten Island Advance

Jordan Hafizi

31 May 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Dance, karate, and music instructors in Staten Island, New York are adapting and shifting the ways they deliver lessons to work within the virtual landscape their students, and the rest of society are living in due to...

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Abby Young-Powell

17 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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United We Stream (UWS) is a Berlin-based collaboration of nightlife businesses aiming to keep their businesses and club culture alive – and keep people entertained – during mandated closures because of COVID-19. With ...

Equal Times

Louis Seiller

20 January 2020

Mitrovica, Kosovo

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Music can bridge cultural divides. The Mitrovica Rock School in Mitroviva, Kosovo, encourages young musicians of Albanian and Serbian backgrounds to create music together. The culturally “mixed” bands play across Koso...

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Julia Hotz

14 January 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Instrument rentals help to address a gap in privilege. The Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library in New York City is one of several programs in the US and Canada that loan out musical instruments for free. The pro...

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Marcello Rossi

18 December 2018

Taipei, Taiwan

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Taiwan, despite housing 23 million people on a densely populated island, claims one of the highest recycling and reuse rates in the world. The government has created incentives for private companies, which throw some ...

Pacific Standard

Shelby Pope

17 December 2018

Alabama, United States

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The Bunk Police sell kits that test the content of drugs—such as LSD and MDA—providing an effective way for people to ensure they are not taking potentially harmful synthetics. While studies show that these kits provi...

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David Sands

27 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Operating as a low-power FM radio station, Detroit’s 96.7 WNUC provides an independent platform for community voices and interests. Programming ranges from shows focusing on Detroit’s musical legacy to discussions of ...

Yes! Magazine

Phillip Pantuso

23 November 2018

Kingston, New York, United States

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For musicians and artists who don’t have traditional access to healthcare, one music festival has them covered. O+ (“O Positive”) is a music festival in Kingston, NY that invites musicians and artists from around the ...

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Audrey F. Henderson

6 November 2018

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Kids will be the ones carrying out the effects of current city planning efforts. To get kids involved in city planning at a young age, Michael Ford started a series of “Hip Hop Architecture Camps.” By teaching about b...

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Gregory Scruggs

19 October 2018

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Layette is replatforming itself to embrace local culture over a dangerous oil dependency. CREATE, a voter-approved initiative in the city, funds cultural events and festivals to create new economic drivers and to prom...

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Dougal Shaw

28 September 2018

Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

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An elementary school in Bradford, England has seen a direct correlation between embracing music as part of their curriculum and students' performance in English and Math. The school is in a low-income area with most o...

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Rozena Crossman

19 September 2018

Latvia

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In Latvia, a nonviolent revolution against Soviet oppression was started by an incredible moment of music. The grassroots movement then spread, using performance art, demonstrations, and even a human chain to challeng...

The Guardian

Emma John

21 June 2018

Swanley, England

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SupaJam, a music school in England, targets kids aged 16-18 who are not in school or employed for a range of reasons. By the time students graduate, 97 percent leave with a nationally recognized business diploma. “The...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Brad Harper

11 May 2018

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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A surprising anchor business in Birmingham helped bring growth to the city: Avondale Brewing Co. Since the brewery opened seven years ago, restaurants and bands have flocked to the city, and the population as well as ...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

12 March 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A growing group of teachers is using hip-hop to improve students' understanding of U.S. history concepts and knowledge of SAT-level vocabulary. Austin Martin, who developed Rhymes for Reason, hopes that his program an...

BBC

Priti Salian

20 September 2017

India

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In India, literacy advocates have found a captive audience for their programs; by adding subtitles to Bollywood songs and movies, tv shows are reaching millions of citizens who wouldn't otherwise learn how to read.

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Joel Oliphint

3 August 2016

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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As popular music has become digital and immaterial in the twenty-first century, record stores are hard to find and those in business struggle to be commercially viable. Used Kids record store in Columbus, OH has been...

Yes! Magazine

Jen Marlowe

12 January 2016

Palestine

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Mohammed al-Saedi painted the corridors of his neighborhood with beautiful bright colors to create a sense of hope amidst the chaos that surrounds the life of Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip. He is not alone. ...

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Emily Dech

5 May 2015

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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In Ohio, the Liberty Center of Nursing of Mansfield is using personal iPods and music to help senior residents dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Evidence has shown that music can help patients recall memo...

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