Braver Angels Music
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 email@example.com.
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.
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:
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 1, part 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us more about your interests and skill sets.