During my time as part of the first cohort of Sony Music Group’s Impact Fellows this summer, I have come to understand the potency of music and corporate social responsibility in ways beyond what I could have ever imagined. As the first ever Philanthropy and Social Impact Intern, it has been such an honor to contribute to the cause of SMG’s Social Justice Fund. Its pillars of civic engagement, criminal justice reform and education are actively working with community partners to improve this world we share- one vote, one life, one opportunity at a time.
I learned that while rivers are the arteries of the earth and need to be protected, music is the veins of culture pumping back society’s pain and joy into the limelight, trailblazing change for the causes that need it most.
I learned that just as music making boosts executive brain function, strengthens memory, improves mood and even reduces physical pain, investing in young minds reaps societal benefit beyond what any statistic can confirm.
I learned that although environmental, social, political, psychological and health issues seem to be growing just as quickly as technology is evolving, collective commitment and action toward improvement is being made and generations to come will accept nothing less.
I learned that the anxieties imposter syndrome tries to defeat so many of us with have nothing on the fervor to grow into the uncomfortable. I can say with full certainty this incredible learning opportunity was only possible because of the many who believed in my potential, the support I received from my passionate, talented team and the fact that equity advocacy in corporate spaces truly does make a difference for the better.
Being on calls with SMG’s international teams all enthusiastically contributing to the expansion of my department’s work around the globe, work whose sole purpose is to uplift those who need it most, confirmed to me that this is what building companies needs to be all about. Both music and consumption are pervasive; enjoying both ethically is possible and necessary for a healthy society.
Amidst the ripples of culture, creation, business, art and difficult global circumstances, the collaboration of for-profit and non-profit work has the ability to build meaningful, lasting impact in the communities we live, work and serve in. I am so grateful to have experienced this first hand during my time at SMG and cannot wait to take these lessons with me into the rest of my working and personal life.