A few years back, I had a notion about organizing folks in NYC to do a citywide musical day of service. I explored it with several friends and colleagues, but I was unsuccessful in garnering the support of the cultural institutions I thought might help.
I am heartened to report that Music National Service is promoting a country-wide initiative based on MLK Day (#musicMLK). I doff my cap to them. In NYC today, according to the website map, Richie Case will be playing at the Lorimer Street stop in Brooklyn, one of many activities in several cities across the US.
(What about me? Today I will be helping a young songwriter with her work - a bit of volunteerism alongside a professional project [part of The Somewhere Project at Carnegie Hall]. My steadier volunteer gig over the last ten years has been working at a local elementary school to help students create, record, and perform original graduation themes for recorders and piano, a late May/June project.)
This Martin Luther King Day, I think it behooves us, as musicians, to consider what we can do to make sure live music finds its way into the corners of society that are not always served by the normal channels. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Music Kitchen. Soon Joyce DiDonato will reveal more about the work she has been doing with incarcerated musicians at Sing Sing. Maybe it won't be today, but what can you do to bring your music to a place it hasn't been before?