JAMMS (Journalism as Music, Multimedia and Songwriting)
JAMMS is a 25-50 hourexperiential program for teens and young adults of diverse faiths, cultures, and ethnicities to discover common ground through dialogue and creative collaboration. Participants engage in facilitated conversations on topics related to culture, race, religion, gender roles, and current events and how these issues influence their self-perception and their perception of others. Guided through honest and respectful communication, the open exchange of ideas, and group decision-making, participants work together to write and record a song and produce a video that addresses an issue that is important to them collectively. Through the creative process youth are empowered with a clearer understanding and appreciation of their similarities and differences, more confidence in their own identities, and greater respect for that of others. They gain skills to help them constructively manage issues of bullying, social tensions, and cultural conflict in school, in their communities, and in society.
JAMMS is produced in partnership with high schools, colleges, community organizations, and religious institutions, and is open to musicians and non-musicians alike. The program is lead by professional musicians, multimedia producers, and educators trained as MIC facilitators. Contact us to learn how you can bring JAMMS to your school or community.
Each Raise the MIC Concert is a one-of-a-kind experience for the musicians and audiences alike. Each show features local musicians performing from the collection of over 40 songs written by participants in Music in Common's JAMMS programs since 2010. These performances amplify the valuable and relevant messages of the songs and support their aim to wage peace and to change the world. Contact us to learn how to bring Raise the MiC to your community.
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FODfest (Friends of Danny Festival) is Music in Common's flagship concert. FODfest honors the life of slain Wall St. Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl and features local musicians in a unique format that is part concert, part song swap, and part jam session. The unconventional format is a living demonstration of the power of music to connect people, generating a sense of community, hope, and healing and often serving as a call to action for individuals and communities to discover common ground.
MIC Summer JAMMS is an immersive, inter-cultural experience that brings together up to 25 Christian, Muslim, Jewish, immigrant, refugee, and American-born youth ages 15-20. An extension of Musin in Common's JAMMS programs in the U.S. and the Middle East, participants live and work together for two weeks writing, recording, and rehearsing songs for a one-week concert tour, while at the same time producing a documentary film.
Participants will write and record an original song as well as learn and rehearse 15 songs written in MIC programs around the world to perform on a weeklong concert tour. The process will be documented for a film conceived and directed by participants to demonstrate the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and their benefits to society. Participants will create written, video, and photo blogs to be posted on social media and the Music in Common website throughout the program.
The Summer JAMMS Program strengthens mindful communication, cross-cultural understanding, and critical thinking between participants with interfaith dialogues, leadership trainings, intercultural workshops, social activities, and field trips to explore the arts, culture, and natural beauty of the surrounding area.
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