Issue 7 | March 2019
Sound Thinking NYC is a program of the CUNY Creative Arts Team and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME) in partnership with NY is Music.

STNYC is part of a series of MOME initiatives targeting the under-representation of women in entertainment. STNYC is a free program for high school students to build leadership skills, learn sound production and explore careers in the music industry.
Countdown to the STNYC Three-Week Summer Intensive Application Deadline on Monday, April 15th, 2019!
Don't miss out this summer on the opportunity to join our vibrant community of future music industry professionals! 

The Summer Intensive is for students who will be in 11th and 12th grade in fall 2019!

STNYC is a free program especially designed to open doors for young women to explore careers in the music industry.

Access the online application   and share our flyer with interested students.

The application is also available on
our website in printable form.

Apply now!

Sound Thinkers Present at the University of Pennsylvania!
In February, six of our Sound Thinking NYC cohort-members co-presented with Ah-Keisha and Paola at the University of Pennsylvania's Ethnography in Education Research Forum on Saturday, February 23rd.

The students talked about the U Penn experience, including what it felt like to go from participants to co-facilitators.
Sound Thinking NYC hosts a Guitar Master class with Eljuri!

We are excited to share our newest public event, open to all NYC high school students, Grades 9-12, on Saturday, April 20th. Find out more below!

“Fusing socially conscious lyrics with blistering guitar, Eljuri blended missionary fervor with impeccable musicianship.”

Sound Thinkers were invited to attend a performance of the new musical Alice By Heart , by the award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. The performance was held at the MCC Theatre in Hell's Kitchen.
STNYC visits BELA in Bedford-Stuyvesant!

Sound Thinking NYC participated in the Brooklyn Emerging Leaders' Academy (BELA) Charter School's opportunity fair and met with many students that were interested in attending the 2019 Summer Intensive!

If you work or attend a school that may be interested in finding out more about Sound Thinking NYC or would like to invite us to an opportunity fair, please reach out to us by e-mail.
Paola C. Messina
 /Project Manager STNYC
Wearing ear plugs can help prevent hearing loss and make a loud concert a more enjoyable listening experience!
Michelle Tibois
/CUNY Service Corps
Michelle writes about 'living intentionally' and in the present and why doing so may help reduce stress.
(Photos: Album covers for Jorja Smith's "Lost & Found" and machineheart's "People Change")
Two debut albums are reviewed this month - Jasmin Bota (STNYC '18) shares her thoughts on singer-songwriter Jorja Smith's album and Clara O'Connell (STNYC '18) sees an "indie pop masterpiece" in the debut of L.A. band machinehearts.
*Below are college and music scholarship opportunities for which you can apply!
Scholarship Central
Distinguished Young Women of New York City is part of a national program that promotes and rewards leadership and talent in young women. Participation is free and tuition scholarships are awarded. For more information, click here .

STNYC Presents: Gender Equity in the Music Industry - A Youth-Led Discussion

Saturday, May 18, 2019
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Do you love music and care about gender equity? Join us in an open dialogue around GENDER, EQUITY & the MUSIC industry! Share your thoughts at this interactive workshop. RSVP here!
Guitar Mash
Teen Songwriter Circle

April 5, May 3 & June 7, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Mark your calendars for these free monthly songwriting workshops with Guitar Mash ! No experience necessary. Guitar optional. To sign up for the session on April 5, fill out this form !
Seeking Partners for STNYC Internship Placements:

For more information on how your organization can partner with us, email us !

Sound Thinking NYC is in search of music-industry related sites to partner with as we launch our internship program. If you're interested in finding out how you can support the next generation of eager music industry professionals in gaining hands-on experience and opportunities for mentorship, let's talk! 
We are seeking 80-hour placement sites  for this summer, between July and August 2019! Cohort-members are responsible, high performing students who have completed workshops in ProTools and other music-related topics. At no cost to internship sites, and in an effort to promote equity and accessibility to internships to NYC high school students, all interns will receive a stipend provided by Sound Thinking NYC.

We're always hoping to expand our network. If you'd like to join us in our mission to promote gender equity in the music industry or would like to participate in our events and workshops, e-mail us.
To learn more about the program, visit
If you'd like to submit news or reflections for future newsletters , e-mail us
Ah-Keisha McCants, Project Director | CUNY-CAT Sound Thinking NYC | 212.652.2832 | Email | Website

Photography, unless otherwised noted, by Krista Fogle and Gabriela I. Garcia of the Creative Arts Team