We believe that music can heal personal, social, and political wounds—and we needed a heckuvalot of that last year. That’s why we’re so thrilled that our Kindle Project Music Fund again supported groups on the cutting edge of using music and sound practices to nurture their communities and counter injustice during dark days when the healing power of culture-making has been most needed.
In a year of uncertainty and upheaval, we witnessed organizations forced to adapt to rapidly shifting public health, political, and financial environments. These crafty, nimble projects continued to serve their communities and make magic despite it all. We doubled down in our commitment to our Music Fund grantees by inviting them all back and welcoming in one new bombastic grantee (Give a Beat). Across airwaves from the streets of LA to the basements of Philly, tackling issues from criminal justice reform to empowering women and girls, these groups demonstrated perseverance and passion.
Put your hands together for these inspiring sonic innovators…
Jail Guitar Doors USA provides musical instruments and in-prison rehabilitative workshops to help incarcerated individuals develop life skills that will support them while incarcerated and when they return to their communities. JGD-USA’s songwriting program enables participants to share their stories through original music compositions, supporting them in processing complex ideas and emotions through a constructive outlet, and creating the kind of transformation required for true rehabilitation.