Meet The Trainers
Our #HFTM trainers have years of experience in the music industry and bystander intervention. They'll equip you with the tools you need to create a safer, more inclusive environment in live music. If you are a fan, work for a venue, artist, festival, or any other music related field, schedule an in person or online training by contacting Maggie, our Here For The Music Director.
Jessie Cheng is a marketing creative and advocate for positive social impact. Her marketing experience has allowed her to work directly with artists and professionals in areas ranging from campaign management and strategy to tour marketing and artist development. She is dedicated to creating a safer, more inclusive environment in the music industry and is excited to serve as a trainer.
Meg was introduced to active bystander training through her graduate internship at a university victim advocacy center over 10 years ago- she's been passionate about the framework since, and loves to see it applied in various settings. Outside of CAC, Meg works in Learning & Development, where she facilitates trainings to employees around various management and leadership topics. She loves being active outdoors (biking along the Charles, hiking in the White Mountains), seeing musical artists o
Jessica McDevitt (she/her) is a NYC-based entrepreneur and founder of amplify services, a social impact consultancy connecting artists to philanthropy. After 3 years at the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, Jessica developed a mental health & music podcast called More or Less (with Jess) featuring guests like Chelsea Cutler, JP Saxe, Hunter Hayes, and more. Jessica's advocacy extends to a decade of non-profit work including time with Jed Foundation, Active Minds, and now Calling All Crows. Jessica brid
Cinnamontal (pronounced similarly to “sentimental“) is a vocalist, bassoonist, commissioned songwriter, and producer who has a talent for engulfing listeners into her music. She is the songwriter of the national song of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc., the fastest-growing multicultural sorority in the world. An alumna of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she studied Media Writing and Production, she has also received her Master of Music in Music Technology Innovation from Be
"Curator, promoter and creative mind Jesse Nichols with NAYMLIS is known for supporting an expansive roster of innovative musicians. With over a decade of experience in Artist Management, Touring and Event Booking, she continues to advocate for artists and their extended communities."
With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Katy Kirby has worked as a marketing and project management professional in both live and recorded music at companies including Live Nation, Thirty Tigers, and Concord. A seasoned community organizer and activist, Katy has now focused her career on the health and wellness of the creative community. Katy is a certified Mental Health Peer Specialist in the state of Texas and is working toward an advanced degree with a focus on mental
Marita Kennedy-Castro (she/her) is an embodied movement artist, dance educator, intercultural bridge-builder and trainer in violence-prevention. She resides in the unceded territory of the Wabanaki peoples, referred to as Maine under colonization. Marita is passionate about helping to shift the culture around violence and harassment to one of harm prevention and safety for all beings. She founded Embody the Rhythm to illuminate avenues to healing through movement as medicine.