Braver Angels Music

Braver Angels Music

Our Work

Braver Angels Music is constantly working to engage musicians in the work of bridge-building and weave music into other Braver Angels efforts. We’re currently working on four main projects:

  • We incorporate music into Braver Angels’ workshops, debates, and member events. Sometimes, this means arranging for musicians to perform live; other times, this means sourcing recorded songs from our musical community. We also periodically organize concerts (e.g., we hosted an evening of song and gratitude in November 2020).
  • We cultivate a songwriting community, building relationships among musicians seeking to create music that speaks to our nation’s political divides. You can find & join the community here
  • We work with artists to bring Braver Angels to new audiences. This takes two forms: first, through a growing set of music ambassadors—established, well-known musicians representing us in the public sphere. Second, we spotlight a grassroots artist of the month, featuring this musician in our online content. You can apply to be an artist of the month here
  • We conduct youth outreach, engaging young people in musical events and programs that also facilitate productive, positive discussions of political differences.

If you have ideas or connections that might help with any of these efforts, please write to our team at music@braverangels.org.

Events

Braver Music hosts SongSquare, a song swap open to all genres & experience levels, on a monthly basis. We also host periodic concerts, songwriting workshops, & more.

Braver Angels music songwriting workshop with Alvin Garrett (March 2022)

Our Team

Our team is made up of about a dozen core volunteers, most of whom focus on one specific project area. We are so grateful for their generosity!

In addition to these volunteers, we have three staff leaders:

Alma Cook, Co-Director
Alma is an R&B singer-songwriter (find her music on Spotify!). She steers the weekly group meetings and leads the charge on musical ambassadorships, including the Artist of the Month program.

Micah Hendler, Co-Director
Micah founded the Jerusalem Youth Chorus (making Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list along the way!) and Raise Your Voice Labs. He is our development liaison and is laying the groundwork for our youth programming. 

John Carroll, Community Lead
John is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter (find his music on his website, where you can also join his mailing list!). He directs our monthly Song Square events and stewards the Facebook songwriting community.

Past Projects

In 2020, the music team organized a Braver Angels songwriting contest. More than 200 songwriters answered our call to submit songs in the spirit of Braver Angels. You can view the full contest collection here, and you can read a series of red/blue dialogues on selected entries here (part 1part 2, part 3).

Psst! We’d love to do another songwriting contest, but these things take serious manpower. If you’d be interested in helping out as a future songwriting contest volunteer, contact us at music@braverangels.org and tell us more about your interests and skill sets.

Recent Posts

T.J. Troy, Braver Angels Artist of the Month (June 2022)

Artist of the Month: T.J. Troy

T.J. Troy believes artistic freedom and integrity comes first. Read how the Grammy-winning percussionist’s worldview was shaped by international travel—and why he believes music has lost its cultural resonance.

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