Music as a Catalyst for Change

Carla Dirlikov

In 2016, BerkleeICE hosted a weeklong series of lectures, guest speakers, panels, workshops, and a Shark Tank-style competition to celebrate and inspire the spirit of positive social impact that is alive and thriving throughout Berklee. 

Tony Woodcock

Hosted by Carla Dirlikov and Tony Woodcock, artistic directors, the Music as a Catalyst for Change weeklong intensive showcased diverse examples of artists and activitists changing the world through their creativity. Students explored themes of cultural diplomacy, social entrepreneurship, and creative activism through inspiring guest speakers and panels, as well as one-on-one coaching by artists and musicians during workshops and mentor sessions.

Students attended events and proposed projects, culminating in the presentation of their project at a closing session in the style of TV's Shark Tank program.


Wednesday, November 2

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., Panel: The Transformational Power of Social Entrepreneurship, the Media Center

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Coaching Session: New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Team, 22 Fenway

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Coaching Dinner: Global Humanitarian Samite Mulondo, Steve Heck Room (pre-registration required)

Thursday, November 3

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., Guest Speakers: Samite Mulondo with Karen Wacks: Music Heals, Berk Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Film: the Silk Road Project's The Music of Strangers, followed by a panel with Silk Road Ensemble members, the Loft

8:00 p.m., Hackathon: Late-Night Work Session, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Eisenson Room

Friday, November 4

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Closing Session: Shark Tank–Style Competition, Certificates and Prizes, the Loft