WCA SOLIDARITY PARTNERS
WCA Solidarity Partners have an impeccable and proven track record for inspiring positive change in the World. Our partners include famous artists, non profit organisations, ethical companies and media. Solidarity partners may act as:
- Cross-promotional partners via social media and newsletters and other outlets
- Charity partners act as fundraisers for World Citizen Artists and/or World Citizen Artists assist its charity partners in promoting, fundraising, connecting with artists for specific projects that will help promoting concrete actions.
- Award partners act as members of the jury or as presenters during the World Citizen Artists Awards initiatives.
- Events partners organise events in which World Citizen Artists participate
- Recruiting partners help World Citizen Artists in recruiting volunteers
- Ethics advisors assist World Citizen Artists in making decisions in order to preserve its ethics and reputation
All partners can have various roles, depending on their proven track record. Some of our partners occasionally get involved in WCA Awards decisions and have priority access to the artists of our community and to partnering on our events.
The Bob Marley Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, that focuses on the delivery of Social Interventions through Education, Culture, Environment and Sustainable Community Development. Bob Marley had a passion for people of all races, ages and religions who were at-risk and vulnerable. The Marley family’s intent and motivation is to fulfill the vision of the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley O M. The Foundation’s was developed upon these guiding principles, with the aim of relieving poverty, while reaching those in need through One Love.
The Gandhi Foundation The Gandhi Foundation promotes nonviolence egalitarian economics, simple lifestyles, grassroots democracy, tolerance and pluralism and respect for animals. Gandhi is one of the most significant figures of modern times. He began as an insignificant individual with no particular talents and gradually became a remarkable human being. He considered that everyone has the potential for ethical and spiritual growth, and that community is the most effective basis for our development. Gandhi’s ideas have a relevance beyond his own time. His approach was holistic and evolved through experience. The foundation organises annual events, such as the Multifaith Service, Summer School and an Annual Lecture. Each event promotes unity and the bringing together of multiple faiths, backgrounds and nationalities, demonstrating the continued relevance of Ghandi’s teachings.
Belgravia Gallery was named Gallery of the Year 2013. One of Europe’s leading art galleries, it regularly regularly features the work of renowned artists such as: Picasso, Andy Warhol, Matisse, HRH The Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela, Sir Peter Blake and other celebrities. Belgravia Gallery is based on Maddox Street in the heart of the art district in Mayfair, between Regent Street and Bond Street. The gallery’s ethos is to be professional, welcoming and approachable and has a strong emphasis on art for charity, particularly on raising funds for The Sebastian Hunter Memorial Trust.
Playing For Change arose from the common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. Armed with a mobile recording studio, cameras, and small crew; they travel around the world filming musicians in their natural environments and spreading peace through music. In an effort to give back to the communities of the musicians they’ve met along their journey, they founded the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate non-profit organization whose mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. Together, they set out to change the world one song and one heart at a time.
Playing for Change Foundation: worldwide music foundation, operated in association with world-class musicians and producers, which assists children to learn music. The Playing For Change Foundation is a non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Their mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.
Safe Passage: A top-rated charity working in Guatemala City since 1999, Safe Passage uses education to empower the poorest, at-risk children of families working in the community of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. They provide comprehensive and integrated programs that foster hope, good health, educational achievement, self-sufficiency, self esteem and confidence within a safe and caring environment. World Citizen Artist Founder Valerie Won Lee worked with this organization several years ago on the ground, helping the kids, teachers and parents in the garbage dump.
Radio France Internationale generally referred to by its acronym RFI, is a French public radio service that broadcasts in Paris and all over the world. With 35.6 million listeners in 2008, it is one of the most listened to international radio stations in the world, along with BBC World Service, Voice of America and Deutsche Welle.
Nomfusi: South African celebrity singer and actress portrayed the character of Miriam Makeba in the Golden Globe winning film, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” with appearances at both the Hollywood and Berlin premieres. She was also featured in the coffee table book companion to the film. Nomfusi’s touching life story has been captured widely in the media, most significantly on SABC1’s series “My World,” seen by 9 million viewers. Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who discovered Bob Marley, Angelique Kidjo and U2 said of Nomfusi after viewing a documentary of her life and music: “What a terrific young artist, her genuine concern for her community and beyond comes through So strongly.” Nomfusi performed with Lionel Ritchie on 15th July 2015 at the Stimmen Festival Loerrach in Germany
Yosvany Terry: Cuban saxophonist/percussionist/composer worked with major figures in every realm of Cuban music including pianists Chucho Valdes, and Frank Emilio and the celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez. From his earliest days in New York, Yosvany has been welcomed by the jazz and contemporary music community; playing with Branford Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Yosvany has been nominated at the Grammys 2015.
Emmanuel Jal: Born into the life of a child soldier in South Soudan, this man has defied all odds to become an influential recording artist and activist. He launched a campaign for peace supported by A-list artists and leading figures from diverse fields, including D.M.C, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and many more. Jal was nominated for a 2015 Juno Award for “Best World Music Album.” Jal has previously been awarded the Calgary Peace Prize, the Humanitarian Award from the Hunt Institute, The Dresden Peace Prize, The Mattie Stepanek Peacemaker Prize and has been honored by Ban Ki Moon at the UN for his peace efforts in South Sudan. Jal was awarded by World Citizen Artists in December 2015. Jal continues to tour hundreds of schools universities and communities worldwide as part of his We Want Peace educational tour across the US, Europe, Canada, Latin America and Africa.
Fat Freddy’s Drop band is internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws. Creating a blueprint with a global perspective, the band have consolidated their fanbases across Europe and the UK with high profile performances accompanied by slow burn albums that reveal more and more with every listen, priming the fan for the next live experience. Fat Freddy’s Drop also sponsor local schools in New Zealand to support education.
Lisa Kristine is an acclaimed humanitarian photographer. Lisa has gained broad recognition for her collaboration with the NGO Free the Slaves. This breathtaking body of work, illuminating human enslavement, is brought together in Slavery, published in 2010. Lisa has received global attention for shining a light on contemporary slavery across media platforms, including CNN and Reuters, speaking at TED events, museums, NGO’s, business conferences, colleges and universities. Carmine Gallo has praised Lisa’s speaking presentations in the 2014 book, Talk Like TED, The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.
Tim Page is one of the most renowned iconic photographer of the Vietnam War. His pictures were the visual inspiration for many films of the period. The photojournalist in ‘Apocalypse Now’, played by Dennis Hopper was based on Page. Tim Page is the subject of many documentaries, two films and the author of ten books. He spent 5 months in 2009 as the Photographic Peace Ambassador for the UN in Afghanistan and is the recipient of many awards. He was recently named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Photographers Of All Time’.
Bélo: Famous Haitian interpreter, composer and guitarist. He started to sing at a very young age and at 11 years old and exposed the social problems of humankind, such as violence, AIDS and homeless children. Bélo is an ambassador of the Haitian music. In his songs he is making society aware of its problems and is proposing solutions. BélO won several prize including the World Citizen Artists Awards 2014 and he was recently nominated as a finalist at the John Lennon songwriting contest.
The Durgas is a rock band founded around the brothers Benjii and Christopher Simmersbach. The band is committed to bringing live music to challenged communities around the world. They were the first band to play in Mitrovica, Kosovo since the Balkan wars, as part of the ongoing United Nations peace and reunification initiative and took part in the XV International AIDS/HIV Conference in Bangkok, Thailand and performed in AIDS hospitals and orphanages. They toured throughout Asia, playing to children of migrant workers in Mumbai, India, in Sri Lanka to families displaced by the Tsunami, in Thailand at the Saphan Jai festival, and for Burmese refugees in camps along the Thai border. They have witnessed firsthand the profound effects that live music can bring about in people, across barriers of land and language. Their experiences abroad have led them to start their own foundation Music In Action, which has been supported by U.S. Campaign for Burma, Save the Children UK, the German children’s foundation WeltKinderLachen, Jack Healey (Human Rights Activist) and Michael Franti of Spearhead. The Durgas have shared stages with Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Chumbawamba, Noir Desir, Sonic Youth, and Fleet Foxes.
Pauline Jean: Haitian-American vocalist, composer and arranger, Pauline Jean, is a performing artist whose distinctive contralto has caught the attention of audiences young and old. Jean brings a refreshing sound to today’s music, by creating an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from her Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections. She is also a member of the NWAYO project spawned from a collective of musicians representing a great variety of musical styles including contemporary and traditional Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Funk, Haitian Racine, Salsa, and Gospel. It explores and pays homage to the diverse musical traditions of the Americas. As educators, humanitarians and ambassadors, members of NWAYO have traveled to Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, Mali, Ethiopia, Russia and China to help promote cross-cultural understanding and introduce thousands to America’s indigenous art form through public concerts, master classes, and jam sessions.
International Day of Peace (Social Media): Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day (Sept. 21). The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense. Peace Day is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Everyday should be #PeaceDay. Peace Day 365 manages all #PeaceDay related social media on Facebook & Twitter and acts as a bridge between NGOs, Civil Society, Corporations, Foundations & Individuals who want to help promote #PeaceDay.