From the influential work of John Lennon to promote global peace to the active role of Bono in advocating against poverty in the developing world, music artists have played a critical role in fundraising and mobilizing communities for social change.
The NYU Music and Social Change Lab is a hub to investigate, create and incubate social enterprises, technologies and sustainable music businesses that promote economic development and social change. The MSCLab supports innovative ideas that use MUSIC to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. We believe music is the most powerful means of communication and holds the key to mobilize communities for social good.
MISSION: To foster and incubate innovative music projects to promote, advocate, and raise awareness about social issues, working with NYU students, faculty and a Global network of non-profit and private organizations.
The Lab is:
- A hub to develop social enterprises that use music and media to drive Social Change
- A space to explore the role of music celebrities in mobilizing communities for Global Development
- A space to analyze music economies as drivers of sustainable economic development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East
Our Areas of work include:
- International development fundraising and advocacy: from Live Aid to Global Citizen.
- Media advocacy for public health communication: from HIV AIDS Songs to Ebola Hip Hop.
- Music as an engine of economic development of cities: the impact of live music on the “night economy” and tourism.
- The social and economic role of the music and media industries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.