January 17th - Alec Stern + Racial Justice
In addition to being a top music supervisor in the ad world, Alec Stern is an excellent writer, so we're sharing his own introduction from his website:
As the Director of Music for the global agency DDB, I have the unique position to oversee music creative, production, and strategy for some of the largest brands in the world, including McDonald’s, Miller Lite, Capital One, State Farm, Coors Light, Skittles, The U.S. Army, and many others. With a background in both music supervision and composition, my history of scoring and selecting music for ads runs deep. Aside from spearheading major music brand strategies for clients such as The U.S. Army, Miller Lite, and Kroger, as well as developing Miller Lite’s first-ever audio logo, I’ve licensed some of the biggest songs in music history, working with the likes of Prince, Whitney Houston, John Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and The Beatles, co-produced a Broadway musical on Super Bowl Sunday, and am always looking for new and untapped talent to elevate the campaigns I work on. I was honored to be selected as a music juror for 2021 London International Awards, the 2019 Clios Music Awards and Music + Sound Awards, and in 2020 was nominated for a prestigious Guild of Music Supervisors Award for my work on Miller Lite.
Outside of work, it's still mostly all about music. I am a published music writer, primarily focusing on the intersection of music and larger cultural and social ideals. I have been in a number of bands, written, recorded, and released four solo records, and DJ under the moniker DJ Dub Monks.
I am married to a brilliant artist- you can check out her stuff here!
I am a co-founder of the Pam Stern Legacy of Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for special needs children, as well as providing assistance, resources, and recognition to their families and teachers.
I am at work on my first novel and have a new album coming very soon. Stay tuned!
My favorite song of 2021 (so far) is “Hard Drive” by Cassandra Jenkins. Album is Promises by Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders.
I’m a believer in the power of storytelling, and that all of us have something uniquely truthful to say.
Background on Equal Justice Initiative
Most months we give you the option of writing to your reps or making a donation, but this month, in honor of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are focussing on making donations to the Equal Justice Initiative.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. They challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and they provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.
EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. They are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice. And in 2018, they opened the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice as part of our national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.
EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. They publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and their staff conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year.
Make a donation (of any amount) to EJI, take a screenshot of the receipt and upload it with your song!
Donations: > 40
Amount raised for EJI: $937