Stop & Listen Music is dedicated to using music as a vehicle to build stronger communities. Stop & Listen seeks to stimulate understanding, civic engagement and increase social and civic participation among neighborhoods, endeavoring to bridge the gap between members of the community while supporting the artistic endeavors of musicians and music educators within the community.
The vision of Stop & Listen is a music education and performance venue designed specifically for the community it serves. The education space provides music instruction to all community members. It is a collaborative, open environment whose curriculum is shaped by the passion of its’ teachers and the students within the space. The performance venue is in support of the artistic endeavors of all the teaching artists, musicians and students alike served within the space.
“There is music in every sound” -Thoreau
Stop & Listen L.A., Inc. began in February 2010 as a simple busking project. A combined passion for both music and mindfulness forged the way for musicians to demand Angelenos to Stop and Listen. Organized performances were stationed in unconventional spaces, opening opportunities for creative placemaking and showcasing the music of artists indigenous to those communities. The mission was always the same: bridge communities, forge stronger relationships by opening up spaces for listening and dialogue, and sustainability for the working musician. Stop & Listen, Music is a revitalized version of the original program, seeking to make a greater impact in the community.
Stop & Listen is an online home space dedicated to educating and advocating for the need of music and how the use of it builds stronger communities through empathy, storytelling, and understanding. The website documents spaces of music making within various communities. The plan is to develop partnerships and feature social organizations utilizing music to further their mission. The website acts as a resource for supporters of both music and social change. It is through the website and online presence, that Stop & Listen Music hopes to call supporters to action.