“If I can empower one victim of bullying or one bully through music the way music helped me, I’ll consider that a huge victory.”
The most common misconception among victims of bullying is that they are the only people being targeted by bullies. In reality, the majority of people report being bullied during grade school, either at the time or later in life. Even with the support of family and other friends, these feelings of isolation can take a major toll on the self-esteem of the victim, and in some cases, result in suicide.
A bully has the ability to take away a child’s sense of dignity, belonging and sometimes safety. Bullies make those they target feel as though they are lower-class citizens in the social hierarchy of grade school, and have nothing to offer. However, by encouraging and enabling these children to hone and focus their talents, we can help foster a sense of self worth and pride in them. We can help them realize that they have something in them that no insult or punch can ever take away.
We Band Together is a two part solution to the widespread problem of adolescent bullying. The in-school component of We Band Together will be a two day workshop that immerses students in all aspects of writing, recording and performing. Alongside a star musical guest, students will learn and participate in the songwriting, playing, recording and marketing/artwork of their own single song, which will be the end goal of the workshop.
We Band Together’s other function will be a full fledged concert with multiple artists. In addition to artist performances, there will be a panel discussion with all of the artists involved about bullying and the power of music.
The project is led by Zach Falkow, a masters student in the music business program at NYU, talent agent at CEG Talent, and former victim of bullying.
Currently seeking funding, partners, sponsors, and any volunteers in the non profit event planning, education/guidance counseling or concert promotion fields.