Engaging creative practice in 2020
2020 saw the growth of our Collaborative Songwriting for Collective Liberation program, with several in-person sessions offered early in the year at schools and the Youth Empowerment Sustainability Summit. Following the rapid spread of Covid-19, we pivoted all of our programming online including the first virtual editions of Collaborative Songwriting for Collective Liberation as part of this year’s Skill Swap and in collaboration with Northern Michigan College.
Our founder and co-executive director, Seth Bernard, has developed a 4-phase collaborative songwriting workshop process that takes 60-90 minutes. It works for people of all ages, requires no previous experience and produces a new song every time. This creative empowerment process builds community and provides individuals with valuable tools, experience and confidence to bring into future creative projects.
Collaborative Songwriting for Collective Liberation workshops are funded by Seth’s Rotary Changemaker Fellowship, informed by anti-oppression trainings and built on 15 years of experience successfully facilitating collaborative songwriting.
2020 also saw the launch of our program, The Title Tracks. This original Title Track video series features musicians sharing intimate performances of the title track from one of their albums, behind the song stories, and reflections on a current issue or call to action. Our first edition of the series was a 10 episode Get Out the Vote campaign featuring uplifting performances and inspiring storytelling from many regional favorites including Joshua Davis, Chris Bathgate, Amber Hasan, Nervous But Excited, and Joe Reilly. We look forward to offering more editions of this new program in 2021!
Creative practice is a foundational piece of all what we do at Title Track and we are so grateful for all of the musicians, artists, poets, videographers, and other creatives who have collaborated with us this year. Special shoutouts to:
- Wayne Ramocan (aka Juuni), for sharing his wonderful, original music with us that can be heard in many of our videos.
- Loren Johnson, for her fantastic graphic design work showcasing each of our State of Water podcast interviewees.
- Will Thomas, for his beautiful design work for our #Activate2021 campaign.