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Favorites of 2016

At 21CM.org, our coverage is guided by one question: What does the 21st-century musician need to know to succeed? In this, our annual Favorites issue, we bring back stories and artists that made a notable impression on our readers, and became conversation starters in the industry.  

Diane Haithman highlighted one of the most interesting trends in music today – the rise of social entrepreneurship. We met artists using their talent and social conscience to develop new platforms for change. Phil Gallo introduced us to a group of young women who are changing the rules in jazz and therefore evolving the genre. Our own Mark Rabideau followed up with one of these bright lights – Ariel Pocock – for an in-depth interview at DePauw School of Music.  

Finally, our guest artist curators catalogued another year of fascinating People, Organizations and Projects making a difference in music. Take a look at the full list and vote for your top choices. We’ll announce the winners in each category along with the POP Icon in January.  

What began as a grand experiment has matured into a national initiative, with both our second year as a magazine and our inaugural 21CMposium at DePauw School of Music in Greencastle, Ind., this fall. As 2016 comes to a close, we are so thankful to you, our readers, for another successful year.

Until next year,
Elizabeth Hinckley

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2016 POP Finalists

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Each month, 21CM asks a leader in music to select the People, Organizations and Projects that have inspired them most. Now, we hand the voting over to you to select your favorites.