Advocate/Singer-Songwriter & Producer MILCK will be featured in the GRAMMY Museum® exhibit, Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom, in Los Angeles. The return of the Museum’s inaugural exhibit examines the role music has played in informing and inspiring social consciousness throughout American history. The exhibit spans time and genre to tell the stories of music's role as a source of inspiration and education. MILCK will join previously announced artists Andra Day, H.E.R, Mickey Guyton, Ziggy Marley, Chuck D, and more, in this exhibit featuring her poignant song “I Belong” written in support of the AAPI community and #stopasianhate movement. Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom opens on Sat, Jan. 15, 2022, and runs until May 8, 2022.
“MILCK embodies artist advocacy, and her work is a meaningful and important addition to the Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom exhibit." says Nick Vega, Curator and Director of Exhibitions for the GRAMMY Museum®.
In 2021, MILCK released the song “I Belong” in the wake of the Atlanta shootings that took six Asian women’s lives. That moment was a breaking point for MILCK where she realized that a revolution towards a more tolerant world was dependent on declaring: We are American enough NOW. We belong here. NOW.
“In times of destruction, the creation of art is a powerful act of reconnecting with our humanity. As our country witnessed more hate and xenophobia directed towards the AAPI community, I buried myself in the creation of this track with two other Asian women (Jeia Rouge and Elise Pangseang) to envelop our spirits with defiantly joyful rhythms. I am proud to be included in this GRAMMY museum exhibit, alongside so many other artists who unleash their voices beyond the confines of the status quo, reminding listeners that revolution is waiting within,”says MILCK.
MILCK has been an impactful voice in the advancement of human rights since the well-known 2017 viral performance of her song "Quiet" during the Women's March. “Quiet” became the unofficial anthem of the movement, was named Billboard’s No.1 Protest Song of the year, and was selected for NPR’s American Anthem Series. The City of Los Angeles featured MILCK as a leader in positive change and influence for the AAPI Community in their Together We Speak Exhibit.
In 2020, MILCK’s single “Somebody’s Beloved” came out during the Black Lives Matter protests and chronicles the life-shattering effects of systemic racism in America. MILCK was then invited to participate in The Kellogg Foundation’s National Day of Racial Healing and performed a powerful duet of “Somebody’s Beloved” with acclaimed poet Amanda Gorman.
Following the song’s release, MILCK established The Somebody’s Beloved Fund, to use her music to generate resources for ten grassroots beneficiaries that build power around racial justice, feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, criminal justice reform and mental health. The Somebody’s Beloved Fund has directly contributed over $86,000 to its ten beneficiary organizations and has helped to facilitate the donation of nearly $100,000 of essential product, pantry items and PPE including supplies and grant funding generously provided by Procter & Gamble (P&G). In addition to generating resources for the Somebody’s Beloved Fund beneficiaries, MILCK and her team are also raising funds to create, co-create with and invest in artists to produce social justice focused work.
MILCK is currently working on a new full-length album that will arrive later this year. The first single “Steady As We Go” debuted as part of the star-studded primetime special Yes We Did! The Vital Voices of 2021 that aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network last October featuring Hillary Rodman Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Amanda Gorman, and more change makers from around the globe.
Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom was first on display at the GRAMMY Museum when it opened in Los Angeles in 2008. In the 13 years since that initial run, the exhibit has been updated to include the Black Lives Matter movement, songs that fight for LGBTQ+ rights, and how music from artists like H.E.R., Dave Specter and Mickey Guyton continue the traditions of using music as an agent and catalyst for social change.
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