November 12, 2018

Reverend Jesse Jackson Helps Coalition Kick Off Jam Session Discussion Series

What will it take to bring music education to the 3.5 million young people in the U.S. who don’t have access in their public schools? In early October, the Coalition assembled its first Jam Session—a high-powered and highly engaged Jeffersonian-style dinner conversation—to surface new ideas for universal music education participation.

We were especially honored to have Reverend Jesse Jackson join us in West L.A.’s historic Village Studios, (aka the Village Recorder). Reverend Jackson is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious, and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice.

Rev. Jackson delivered thoughtful and inspirational opening remarks to the 60 music and arts thought leaders, philanthropists, Coalition members, and partners. In the table discussions that followed, conversation took on themes including the importance of building sustained support for music education; how to empower and support teachers to increase student participation; and what it takes to make systemic change, among many other topics.

Thanks so much to the hosts of our first incredibly successful Jam Session: Recording Academy President and CEO, Neil Portnow, Recording Academy national trustee and GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair, and Coalition board members Brenda Robinson and Richard Foos.