Affinity Groups

Opportunities for Members to Connect & Discuss Topics of Common Interest

All of these groups will be meeting again throughout the year and are open to all.

Early Childhood Group

Monday October 4, 2021 at 4:30 pm CT
Carole Stephens, Coordinator

Interested in music and activities for children under 7 years old? Are you a teacher, librarian, performer, songwriter or parent? We normally meet the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm CT. Our conference special meeting will be informational and a quick EC songswap – save your zipper songs for Sunday’s Early Childhood Songswap!

GRAMMY Q&A, How and why to join the Recording Academy

Tuesday October 5, 2021 at 4:30 pm CT
Moderators: Ann Torralba and Jonathan Sprout

Special Guest: Maurice (Mo) Kalous; Senior Membership Manager of the Recording Academy,

Get all of your questions about joining the Recording Academy answered! Don’t miss this “nuts and bolts” informational session and Q&A about the Recording Academy. Our special guest, Maurice (Mo) Kalous, Senior Membership Manager of the Academy will explain why it’s important to be a member, how to join, how to enter recordings in the Grammys, and the many other reasons to join the Academy. (Advocacy to support creators rights, MusicCares, mentorship and keeping music in the schools, building visibility for the children’s music genre, benefits and more!)

White Awareness, Accountability and Antiracism Group

Wednesday October 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm CT
Brian Caselli Jordan & Noam Brown, Co-facilitators

We're a group of white children’s music makers working to heal racism who meet the first Wednesday of each month to:

  • talk about the role of race in our lives and the world around us in the present, and historically
  • practice the ways we will talk about race and justice with children
  • build our skills for engaging and interrupting when racial incidents occur and practice, practice, practice
  • brainstorm how we can use our music and access to heal racism
  • support one another as we strive to share access, resources and build equitable, loving community of solidarity with our colleagues of color as white folks making children's music.

    Be The Change Action Task Force

    Thursday October 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm CT
    Wendy & DB (Darryl Boggs) and SaulPaul,  Co-Facilitators

    The “Be The Change” Action Task Force strives to equip and empower people to “ Be the Change”  they wish to see. Together we   work towards creating goals and taking action steps to dismantle racism in community, entertainment and children’s music. 

    This group is open to CMNers and non-members. Together we believe we can change the world! We hope you will join us!

    Chat with a Co-President

    Sunday October 10, 2021
    12:00pm  ET Chat with Co-President Val Smalkin
    9:00 am PT  Chat with Co-President Matt Fernald

    How does CMN function? What is our Mission? How do I join CMN? This is your chance to ask questions - none are silly or unimportant. Drop in for this informal Q&A with our Co-presidents - one on each coast of the US (note the time zones.)  This continues as quarterly welcome sessions with new members

    Do you have passion for a topic and want to start and lead an Affinity Group who share your passion?   Please contact Stacey Peasley for help getting started!

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