In the Media: Martha Gonzalez Examines Participatory Music and Monetization on Academic Minute Podcast

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Associate Professor of Chicanx/Latinx Studies Martha Gonzalez offered methods for protecting participatory music and dance from a culture of monetization on the Academic Minute podcast. Capitalism and the industrialization of music have fundamentally altered our relationship to music, she said, adding that what was once understood as a process has now been reduced to a commodity. Returning music to its community roots, she said, could create catharsis, dialogue, and healing: “Participatory music and dance practices are fundamental forms of human interaction and nourishment that instill much needed hope. Not everything we do has to be monetized.”