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Music and Community

Photo: Girls' Jazz and Blues Camp, 2009
Ellen Seeling and Jean Fineberg, founders/directors
The Jazz School Berkeley, CA
(photo credit: Hali McGrath)

Musical Communities can be powerful sources of political, emotional, physical, and spiritual sustenance for musicians and listeners and potential sites to promote positive social change. In helping to support affirmative musical community, this section of the website will offer a forum for people’s experiences in music communities, links to various music communities and their projects, an introduction to some important issues in music and community, historical and bibliographic information, and other resources.

...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble