Music for change
For intrapreneurs surrounded by post-its and mired in PowerPoints, the world of music may feel like a distant realm. But, for systems shifters trying to cut through to the mainstream, music may be the missing link. Music has the power to reach people at scale, but it also has the ability to connect with people emotionally, to help them feel deeply and to move them to take action.
Join Sara Vaughan, Global Chief Purpose & Sustainability Advisor at Marie Claire, in conversation with an incredible line-up of highly talented, purpose-led musicians and artists who are using music to change the world and exploring exciting new collaborations and innovative approaches for greater impact.
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“AY Young is a producer, singer, songwriter, entertainer, and entrepreneur. He first began writing poetry at 14, a reaction to the great disparity in Kansas City known as “the Troost divide” While touring the USA, AY learned that over 1 billion people lack access to electricity. So AY began powering concerts using renewable energy, raising awareness about sustainability, and fundraising to bring people electricity. Thus, the Battery Tour was born and has plugged in 17 countries to date.
AY Musik’s Battery Tour is a fresh, imaginative approach uniting musical experience, community development, sustainability education, humanitarian aid, and international cooperation. These innovatively interactive engagements revolutionize musical performance by introducing audience-artist collaborative solutions to address the global energy poverty issue, minimizing carbon footprints by powering events with renewable energy.
AY was recently named a UN Youth Leader for SDGs and performed at President Biden inauguration. AY is currently working on a Global Goals album, labeled “”Project 17″” in collaboration with a variety of well known artists to create one song for each of the 17 SDGs.
AY landed on The X Factor TV show in 2012 and received four YES’. Inspired, AY hit the streets performing his original music, garnering a grassroots following, and opening for artists Wiz Khalifa, SHAGGY, T-Pain, Flo-rida, Aaron Carter and others.
AY is a producer, singer, songwriter, entertainer, and entrepreneur, powers his concerts ( “”The Battery Tour””) using renewable energy. He was recently named a UN Youth Leader for SDGs and performed at President Biden inauguration. AY is currently working on a Global Goals album, labeled “”Project 17″” in collaboration with a variety of well known artists to create one song for each of the 17 SDGs.”
“None of Your Business (NOYB) is a community platform to voice, embrace & celebrate equality and uniqueness.
The continuing lack of equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in today’s society are causing major issues across our planet. They manifest in racism, homophobia and bullying causing mental health issues, violence and suppression. Prejudices go right to the depth of a person’s core belief system resulting in a lack of self-esteem, self-confidence, body issues; inability for us to love and accept who we are.
To unlock the internal power that self-confidence brings, we must first love and accept the uniqueness in ourselves, so that we can embrace the individualism of the people around us.
The None of Your Business Movement gives people the confidence own their uniqueness and stand up for who they are. For the human race has shown that, our strength lies in our differences; not our similarities.
To change our world, words are important, but actions are essential.”
Gabriella Di Laccio
Gabriella Di Laccio is an international award-winning soprano, recording artist, inspirational speaker, curator and activist, who has become one of the leading voices in the fight for equality in the music industry. Listed as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational and influential women in the world in 2018, Gabriella is also the founder and curator of the Donne Foundation, an internationally recognized initiative that celebrates, advances, and amplifies women in music. Recognized by Sir Charles Mackerras as “a singer of outstanding talent”, Gabriella is a most unique and innovative artist whose expressive qualities have earned her recognition and praise from international audiences. Website: http://www.gabrielladilaccio.com/
“Nate Lombardi is The Chief Inspirer at The Groovy Projects. He received his BA from nationally ranked theater department at Muhlenberg College in Allentown PA. Nate acquired his substitute teacher’s license in New York City and has volunteered, worked as a teaching artist and created Groovy Projects all over NY, throughout PA. Flint MI, Orange County CA, throughout NJ and NH. The Groovy Projects empowers our youth with artistic, interactive and life-changing multimedia projects and curriculum. The curriculum uses pop culture and covers the history of human rights which adheres to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It covers all of the important and relevant social and emotional issues of adolescence. Partnerships with other incredible organizations include: The Child Center of NY, The Children’s Aid Society, The Shop Floor Theater Company, The Orange County DOE, The NYPD 101 Precinct, Artists Striving to End Poverty and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. The Groovy Projects have been covered on 20/20, NPR, MTV act, Pix 11, Hooplaha.com, and received over 500K views on social media with over 100 retweets from inspired and proud celebrities. Nate on the board of directors for Accent Dance NYC and on the advisory board of the KFG Foundation. He is a member of The Summit Series, Top Tier Impact, Nexus Global, Six Seconds, Be Social Change and Revive the Dream Cohort.
As a performer Nate has had roles on TV/Film (Blue Bloods, Sex and the City, Mercy, As The World Turns, One Life to Live, See You in September) On stage (Broadway Bares, The Firebugs, Easter Bonnet.) And has produced and created Five albums and a dozen music videos as “NateKid.” containing duets with Tony winner Alan Cumming, Grammy winners Jane Monheit and Lauren Kinhan and Platinum selling artist Peter Gunz. Nate worked with Tony Winner Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal in the Public Theatre’s #BARS and is a lead teacher for Grammy and Tony/Grammy Winner Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hip Hop Improv Troupe Freestyle Love Supreme Academy.”