Music Vets Film Screening and Panel

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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

This event is free and unticketed. If you would like to request accessibility seating on the basis of a disability please contact the BPC Box Office directly.

Brought to you by the Music and Health Institute as part of the Exchange Series, Music Vets tells the story of three proud U.S. military veterans in different stages of recovery from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries. Set in the coastal military communities of Southern California and the hustle and bustle of New York City, vets Lito, Ben, and Deborah offer us a glimpse of humanity’s resiliency in the face of adversity. Though they each have very different backgrounds and military experience, all three use the therapeutic power of music to cope and recover—unlocking emotions and finding new ways forward.

The stories in the film showcase how music can be incorporated as a non-pharmaceutical alternative or supplement to treatments that are often costly, debilitating, or sometimes even deadly. While the film’s focus is on music therapy for military populations, it shows how this under-studied and under-funded treatment can help anyone in crisis, not just veterans.

After the film, there will be a special panel discussion with the film's producers and several experts in the area of trauma, music-informed therapy, and veterans.


Jon Kaufman
Co-director, Music Vets
Co-founder, Ming Media

El Sawyer
Co-director, Music Vets
Co-founder, Ming Media

Nomi Levy-Carrick, MD, MPhil
Vice-chair, Clinical Programs, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-chair, BWH Trauma-Informed Care Collaborative
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

John Bradley, MD, DFAPA, Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army
Director, Mental Health Services, VA Boston Healthcare System
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Clinical specialties: combat trauma and suicide prevention

Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BC
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
Lead Music Therapist, Creative Forces, NEA Military Healing Arts Network

Vic Artiga, MS, Major (Retired), U.S. Army, Bronze Star Medal
Senior Law Enforcement Consultant, Aanko Technologies
Retired community police officer, musician