Listen Up! New Music for New Words
March 15-29 ONLY: Vote for Listen Up! in the GOOD Maker Music Challenge, and help us win $2,500 towards realizing this project!
MNMP is teaming up with New York Writers Coalition (NYWC) to commission and premiere — in concert and via podcast — 10 original pieces of music inspired by poetry and prose from NYWC’s free creative writing workshops for formerly voiceless New Yorkers of all ages.
Listen Up! will be more than just a concert of exciting, diverse new music. Through public creative exchange between professional musicians and members of communities with limited access to the arts — including at-risk youth, adults with disabilities, and the homeless — we aim to do nothing less than change perceptions about who can be a writer and whose voices are valuable in our society. Hearing their ideas presented through music will empower these writers to value their own stories, gain confidence as creators, and continue to develop self-knowledge and creative inspiration.
CLICK HERE to vote for Listen Up! in the GOOD Maker Music Challenge, and help us win $2,500 towards realizing this project! Your vote will allow MNMP and NYWC to secure a top-tier venue, compensate the artists, and produce a series of podcasts featuring live recordings and interviews with the writers.
About New York Writers Coalition:
NY Writers Coalition Inc. (NYWC) provides free creative writing workshops throughout New York City for people from groups that have been historically deprived of voice in our society. Writing with others in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance, participants discover the value of their own stories, gain confidence and a stronger sense of self and become less isolated from themselves and from society. By creating a community of writers and leaders from diverse backgrounds, we galvanize the voices of the marginalized and create opportunities for all writers to connect with the larger community. NYWC’s goal is to create an inclusive city, one that is aware of the diversity of voices within it and honors the lives of all of its citizens.