Deep Roots Many Voices Symposium
VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Deep Roots, Many Voices
Join us for a lively discussion with musicians and industry leaders during an online symposium on Thursday, April 21, 2 to 4 p.m., EDT.
This symposium is part of a project by the Blue Ridge Music Center exploring issues in diversity and inclusion in roots-based music, and follows the release of five video discussions with musicians from under-represented groups discussion issues related to their ethnicity, race, gender, or sexual identity and how it has influenced their musical careers. These videos were released throughout March and April this year.
The symposium will focus on strategies to increase diversity on stage, in the audience, and in the organization. The discussion panel will be made up of performers, event producers, and music organizations.
Amy Reitnouer will kick off the event with a keynote address. Reitnouer is President of Folk Alliance International, and is co-founder and Executive Director of The Bluegrass Situation, an online publication that has become an advocate for change, diversity, and representation within the broader music community
Atiba Berkley (President of Piedmont Blues Preservation Society)
Michelle Conceison (owner and Artist Manger at Mmgt, Chair of IBMA’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
Dom Flemons (Musician singer, songwriter, historian, and advocate of issues related to diversity and inclusion in music)
Charly Lowry (Musician, singer-songwriter, and advocate for issues related to Indigenous Peoples)
Joe Seamons (Co-founder and Director of The Rhapsody Project, an organization that addresses racism and promotes cultural equity through music)
Kamara Thomas (Singer, founding member of the Country Soul Songbook, an organization focused on amplifying historically marginalized voices in country, Americana and roots music)
Brandi Waller-Pace (Founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room and organizer of the Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival)
Conference Schedule (all times are EDT)
2:00 Welcome remarks
2:05 Keynote address (Amy Reitnouer)
2:20 Excerpts from the interview series
2:30 Panel Discussion
4:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks
If you can’t attend at the designated time, go ahead and sign up. We’ll send you a link to a recording of the symposium after it’s posted so you can watch it at your convenience.
To ensure that this symposium is open to everyone, it is being offered free of charge. The registration link will take you to a Zoom registration page where you will receive your link for the webinar.
Deep Roots, Many Voices is partially funded by our sponsors. If you would like to make a donation to support this program, click here, or text MUSIC to (833) 705-1234. All participants are being compensated for their participation in the conference and your donation will help to offset the participant fees.