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Drew Foxman wanted to create an organization that would do more than present or produce music, that could do more than facilitate exchange or collaboration between diverse artists. He wanted to use the tools he’d witnessed in international community development and social innovation to train forward-thinking young musicians to go into their home communities and engage in hands-on projects to make things better. After years of thinking about the issues and honing in on the right plan, he launched Giant Steps, home of the Music Action Lab. Its first cohort, featuring musicians from half a dozen countries, gathered in the Bay Area last year for a month of training, playing, and performing. Foxman’s approach exemplifies a new generation of broad, tech-friendly initiatives popping up in the world music scene, melding the roles of label, presenter, and management, all with an unflagging emphasis on musician empowerment and social good. Read more →