Musical Leadership and Societal Transformation: Inspiration and Courage in Action

Nancy J. Adler, McGill University

Music is a form of leadership. Music-based interventions in organizations and society are being used throughout the world, including in situations of extreme con ict and consequence. Artists are going beyond the dehydrated language of economics, politics, and war to achieve goals that have eluded those using more traditional approaches. This article presents musical interventions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Africa, the United States, and Venezuela, in which musicians have had the inspiration and courage to make a di erence.

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