Melodies of Impact: Barbara Thomas and the Art of Music Advocacy
2nd February 2021 • Musicians Reveal • Joe Kelley
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"Musicians Reveal" podcast explores the remarkable journey of Barbara Thomas, a trailblazer in the world of music advocacy. Recognized as one of the industry's foremost advocates, Barbara wears many hats, seamlessly blending her passion for music with her commitment to making a positive impact. From shedding light on crucial healthcare information for musicians to orchestrating fundraisers for legendary bassist Rocco Prestia, Barbara's dedication knows no bounds. Join us as we delve into her multifaceted career, where every note played is a step towards a harmonious and supportive music community.

Host Joe Kelley uncovers Barbara's pivotal role in managing seminars at Berklee College of Music, featuring residencies with iconic figures like Victor Wooten and George Clinton. Gain insights into the dynamic world of music education and advocacy as Barbara shares stories of collaboration, inspiration, and the challenges faced in championing the well-being of musicians. "Harmony in Advocacy" is your backstage pass to the symphony of efforts that Barbara Thomas orchestrates to create a more vibrant and resilient landscape for musicians everywhere.

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