Resounding Joy and MusicWorx are devastated by the murder of George Floyd, the most recent victim of a long history of violence against Black Americans, violence perpetuated by systemic racism. We stand against racism and injustice, and acknowledge the trauma inflicted on people of color.
We join with the American Music Therapy Association in examining our own biases individually, in our work and in our organizational structure. We will continue to listen to people of color and educate ourselves on their experiences. We will integrate more music by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists to our repertoires and encourage our clients to do the same. We will red edicate ourselves to diversifying our staff and leadership and seeking out signs of racism within our own organization. For the times we fall short, we apologize and always strive to do better.
We honor the important work and advocacy of the American Music Therapy groups: Black Music Therapy Network , the Mid-Atlantic Region Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee , and the Asian Music Therapy Network – U.S . These organizations offer resources to expand your awareness of racial injustice.
We pledge to hold a safe space for BIPOC individuals and communities, listen with open hearts, and support you however we can. We endeavor to make music therapy sessions a place that validates your voice and rejuvenates your strength.
We believe that music connects, uplifts, and heals. We are entrusted with the hearts and minds of our community, and have a responsibility to use this powerful tool for positive change for social good.
Black Lives Matter at Resounding Joy and MusicWorx.