Black Lives Matter

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“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.”

— Angela Davis 

We believe, and have always believed, that Black lives matter. Today we commit to active anti-racism. 

Sing for Hope’s work relies on our common worth and right to the hope, healing, and connective powers of the arts. Yet while we proclaim that art is universal and music is our common language, we also have a responsibility to admit that the most basic rights to safety, life, and justice are not, for many of us, guaranteed.

We hear our students, our mentors, our team, asking, “am I next?” We recommit to doing everything we can to prevent that. We stand in solidarity with those protesting George Floyd’s senseless murder and centuries of racial violence.

Beyond our public support for Black lives and for justice, what are we doing?

1.  We commit to training our staff and artists in active anti-racism.

We recognize that our annual anti-bias trainings are not enough. We start with Rachel Cargle‘s “Do the Work” 30-day course on how to be actively anti-racist. We invite you to do the same!

2. We commit to calling out acts of racism wherever we see them.

…both in our online circles and in person. We commit to incorporating more active anti-racism language into our “Citizen Artist” workshops in schools. Citizen artists are anti-racist, or they are not citizen artists.

3. We commit to sharing reputable, helpful information in support of Black lives.

First up, a resource that can help ensure fair representation for NYC friends who get arrested while protesting: Good Call NYC ensures that everyone arrested has no barriers to getting a lawyer and notifying their family. Please encourage your NYC neighbors and protesters to memorize this number:

4. We ask the white and non-black POC members of our Sing for Hope family to commit to being active anti-racists yourselves

The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself.” — Ijeoma Oluo

5. As we and you sit in this discomfort, this pain, we invite you to turn to artists of color to be your balm and your fuel. 

Resources for the Black members of our community

To our Black artists: we listen, support, and hold space for you. We offer the resources below and are here and ready to help you find additional support.

Resources for the non-Black members of our community

To our non-Black artists: what actions have you been taking to ensure that you are actively anti-racist? We offer the resources below to help you do the work to be a truly responsible Citizen Artist, to un-learn white supremacy, and to take action in support of our Black Artists, mentors, colleagues, and students.

Resources for all of us

Art is our fuel, balm, language, and currency. Here are some arts-based resources to get us all through right now:

Are you using your art or your network for anti-racism? Tell us what you’re doing so we can join you & share! 

Share your anti-racism work with us

We are hurting. As we do the hard work, and we MUST do the hard work, we are ever thankful to have the arts to express what we’re feeling and help get us all through.

With love and solidarity,

The Sing for Hope Team