The mission of Music Beyond Measure (MBM) is to create unique music programs to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develop healthy coping mechanisms to aid in the recovery process. Using a group-centered format, MBM programming promotes a co-creative environment that seeks to support each person during his/her trauma recovery.
To use music and the creative process as a means of enriching the lives of individuals with physical, mental, or emotional trauma. MBM hopes to promote a dramatic shift in the way that survivors experience the recovery process while bringing public attention to how these issues affect our families and communities.
MBM chose to focus our programming on these particular groups because of the long-term physical, mental, and emotional effects that survivors experience as a result of their trauma. These experiences can change how survivors see themselves and society as a whole. MBM believes in "art for humanity's sake" vs. "art for art's sake". We believe that making the arts accessible to the public through education and live performance is extremely important for the cultural enrichment of our communities. We want to go a step further by directly engaging the public, using the arts, as a means of bringing attention to domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and individuals suffering from PTSD. By healing our individuals, we are, in turn, healing our communities.
Music Beyond Measure was founded in 2013 by Tamara C. Williams, a jazz vocalist, composer, writer, activist, and arts administrator. MBM was one of 11 organizations selected to work with probation clients and community members as a part of NeON Arts, a partnership between Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and the NYC Department of Probation.