The Power Of Music Series is an educational webcast designed to demonstrate music’s impact and far-reaching influences on social causes.

Hosted by David Zusman, WAAM Co-Founder, episodes have featured interviews with prominent music nonprofit founders, mental health experts, music therapists, educators, corporate leaders, and musicians.

All Episodes

Episode 7: Music and Mental Wellness

This special Power of Music Series titled ‘Music & Mental Wellness’ is an important discussion on music’s role in addressing depression and suicide prevention, and its impact on mental health as a unique emotional connector and therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma and more.

Episode 6: the essential role of music in mental health and social emotional learning

This episode discusses the essential role of music in mental health and social emotional learning (SEL). Dr. Chad Bernstein – Founder and CEO of Guitars Over Guns, and Dr. Kim Sabo Flores – Founder of Hello Insight, join David Zusman (WAAM Co-Founder) and Peter Gerlings (WAAM Head of Research) in a dynamic conversation about the importance of SEL in education. We highlight why music is an effective SEL delivery mechanism, especially when combined with the right mentorship programs and mental health initiatives. 

Episode 5: The Influence of Corporate Giving on Social Causes

This episode discusses the Influence of corporate philanthropy on social causes.  WAAM Co-Founder David Zusman engages with Stacey Feder, Chief Marketing Officer of Hudson Yards in New York City, and Todd Lindeblad, President of Lindeblad Piano Restoration to discuss their partnerships with WAAM.  We delve into how WAAM is working with corporations to change the narrative on the role of music from a “nice to have” to a “must have” in education and health and wellness.

Episode 4: For the Culture Feat. Andre Add 2 Daniels

This episode discusses empowering Black youth through music. WAAM Co-Founder, David Zusman, speaks with Andre “Add-2” Daniels, hip hop artist, community activist, and Guitars Over Guns mentor. Add-2 describes his journey from mentee to mentor, and the ways in which he is drawing on his own experiences to empower youth and foster equality in his community.

Episode 3: The Healing Benefits of Music Therapy

This episode discusses the healing benefits of music therapy  on the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well being of people in all stages of life WAAM Co-Founder, David Zusman, lays the foundation for Chris Mills, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist of Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center to describe the proven, effective results of music therapy for those suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic pain, autism, and Alzheimer’s.

Episode 2: Featuring our 2020 Grant Winners

This episode discusses the leadership skills and experience of the Executive Directors of WAAM’s Power of Music Grantees. WAAM Co-Founder, David Zusman, spearheads a thoughtful conversation with Penny Swift, former Executive Director of Education Through Music, Dr. Chad Bernstein, Co-Founder and CEO of Guitars Over Guns, and Lori Rose Benson, Executive Director and CEO of Hip Hop Public Health.

Episode 1: Featuring Four Of Music's Top Nonprofit Organizations

The  premiere episode of the Power of Music Series discusses the increasingly widespread recognition of the role of music non-profits  on contemporary social causes.  WAAM Co-Founder, David Zusman, hosts a roundtable with these passionate individuals: Melissa Walker – President and Founder of Jazz House Kids , David Wish – Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock, Pete Griffin – President and CEO of Musicians On Call, and Dr. Olajide Williams – Founder of Hip Hop Public Health.