Many thanks to our friends at Local Spins for this fantastic feature going in-depth on the Title Track launch! From the Seth Bernard spearheads bold new venture to aid Michigan’s environment, racial equity by John Sinkevics:

Striving to ‘Make the World a Brighter Place’: Seth Bernard serves as executive director of Title Track. (Photo/Loren Johnson)

The well-known founder of the Earthwork Music collective has formed a new statewide nonprofit organization, Title Track, that strives “to build resilient social-ecological systems that support clean water, racial equity and youth empowerment.”

“I have come to understand that it’s not enough to complain about the way things are and to just identify problems. If we recognize injustice in the world, we have a responsibility to act,” said Bernard, a Lake City native who recently was honored as “environmentalist of the year in grassroots organization” by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.

“The world’s largest source of fresh water is at stake. The universal human right to clean, affordable drinking water has been violated here in Michigan. Communities of color and Native communities are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation. Systems of structural oppression must be addressed and dismantled. Young people are ready to change the world and they need adults to show up.”

Title Track will host a “launch celebration” in Traverse City on Tuesday (May 9), with performances by Bernard, Amber Hasan, Red Tail Ring and Chris Good. The event taking place at 7 p.m. at Kirkbride Hall will also feature speeches by Sally Van Vleck of the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center, Hans Voss of the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and attorney Holly Bird.

The organization will follow that by presenting another launch event in Detroit on May 11, with Bernard, Vespre, Juuni and Audra Kubat performing, along with talks by Baldomero Gonzales, Nicole Lindsey and others.

Read more at LocalSpins and don’t miss our special launch events next week!

Thursday, May 9: Title Track Launch Party (Traverse City)
Saturday, May 11: Title Track Launch Party (Detroit)