It was the middle of the night on March 30, 2012. News of the cancellation of the popular outdoor free “Music Without Borders” concert series had music lovers angry and upset. MWB was a magnet for the diverse people of Chicago to meet as well as presenting cultural entertainment from around the world not accessible to many Chicagoans. At 3 am Gail Dee, a passionate fan, took action to bring the community together. She pressed ENTER and the FB group We Want Music Without Borders was born advocating the return of non-commercial & traditional music concerts from around the world to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago’s glittering public venue. She later added a Facebook page and this website. Over five years, she nurtured that seed. Happily, thru the efforts of many music lovers that type of music programming returned to Millennium Park –albeit under a different name. Today We Want Music Without Borders has grown into a warm entertainment portal and platform that supports live events in Chicago and elsewhere.
From the beginning We Want Music Without Borders has been a conduit to bring people together. Behind the scenes she is continually reaching out to disparate elements of the community encouraging them to participate. The best feature of the FB group is that everyone can share events and information although Gail provides the focus and much of the content. In Chicago it’s particularly important because racial bias has resulted in geographical segregation. Many people from one side of the city literally do not know about the cultural richness happening in another area.
Building bridges between people of different race, ethnicity, religion and culture nationally and internationally through music is, of course, inherent in the name “We Want Music Without Borders”. The platform gives music lovers the opportunity to discover different sounds from around the globe usually overlooked by most media. The group members include many “world music” industry professionals such as music curators; journalists; festival programmers; agents from across the US as well as fans and musicians.
For five years, We Want Music Without Borders members have enjoyed shows she has recommended; discounted ticket offers; ticket raffles and other promotions created for the group as a labor of love. In 2015 she also wrote “Global Sounds” column for Newcity -a Chicago free cultural magazine found on newsstands and online.
Now for the first time she is asking for financial support from fans and members. She’s disabled and could use a helping hand to continue We Want Music Without Borders.
New projects beckon to benefit our community of music lovers such as being active in helping to improve the visa requirements to make it easier for foreign artists to tour in the US; presenting artists; moving the group to a different interactive online platform with a better website that would also allow artists to help reach their audiences with recordings. If you are in a position to give–any amount will be greatly appreciated!
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