Mark Johnson Joins the United Nation’s “What’s Next” Conversation

What are the impacts and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of African descent and their communities?

On Thursday 23 July, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem was joined by government and civil society leaders and other experts to discuss this question in the latest Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: What’s Next? Global Thought Leadership Conversation. Participants reflected on how we can build a better world, one that breaks the cycle of systemic inequalities and brings us unequivocally toward equal societies, free from discrimination, marginalization and racism.

The virtual moderated event featured music and other performances by people of African descent and the African diaspora and Playing For Change co-founder Mark Johnson joined the conversation to share some exciting news!

Promote the conversation on your social media channels using the hashtags #ICPD25 and #WhatsNext4Women so we can engage a large global audience and continue our march for change.

Check out the conversation below:

Musician Resources During COVID-19

For all of our musician friends and family, below is a list of organizations that are offering help to musicians in need during this challenging time.

Also, check out Billboard’s list of resources (state-by-state – U.S.)

MusiCares

Sweet Relief

Haven Foundation

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Equal Sound (per gig per band member)

Arts & Avenues Denver  (only artists living in Denver, up to $1,000 per applicant)

Austin Creative Arts (only artists living in Austin, $500 cap)

Facebook Small Business Grants (includes musicians)