National Musicians’ Moment of Silence
As the nation continues to mourn the senseless violence that claimed so many innocent lives in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, musicians around the country are organizing to send a message of sympathy and unity.
All musicians are asked to observe a moment of silence at every musical performance in the United States on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 10 p.m. in whatever time zone they are performing.
It is hoped that practitioners in other areas of the performing arts will join musicians in honoring the memory of these innocent victims—one of whom was the daughter of a musician.
This action will also show that artists stand unified in their desire to prevent such tragedies in the future.
“This is something that I consider a basic first step for us artists to express ourselves as a national community, in response to the horrible events of last Friday. Yet, I truly hope we can do more in the near future,” says co-organizer, Don Braden.
Co-organizers Braden and Karl Latham have appealed directly to artists and organizations via email and social media, and among the participants of this initiative are Jazz Promo Services, Relix Magazine, SESAC, WBGO Jazz-FM, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Paiste Cymbals, Gail Boyd Artist Management, Litchfield [CT] Performing Arts, and many others.
“I'm happy to report that the response has been strong, and many musicians and organizations are participating in some way,” says Latham.