MISSION

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change.

OUR STORY


ALPHABET ROCKERS make music that makes change.


Our families need content that is healing, that reflects who we are and empowers us— that embraces Black liberation, Queer liberation, Indigenous rights, immigrant rights, and intersectionality. Alphabet Rockers curates this content with the community, centering children’s voices. We amplify authentic stories and interrupt the patterns that got us here. Witness how we do this collective work — Join us in the embodiment of real change.

Led by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) and Tommy Soulati Shepherd (he/him/they), Alphabet Rockers create brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop, as two-time GRAMMY nominees, Othering & Belonging Institute Fellows and industry leaders for change.

As touring and resident artists, Alphabet Rockers has been featured by The Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, SXSW, Lollapalooza and festivals around the country, in addition to 50+ schools each year. Their performances, media and artistry include an impactful and diverse line-up of artists, including DJ Roza Do, Choreographer Samara Atkins, youth artists Kali de Jesus, Lillian Ellis, Maya Fleming and Tommy T3PO Shepherd, and dancers Arayah Fleming and Marj Ortiz.

During the pandemic, Alphabet Rockers created “We Got Work to Do,” an anti-racism curriculum that uses music and dance as embodiment tools, as seen on CBS This Morning and featured on YouTube Kids. The collective offers virtual workshops for young changemakers that use imagination and art rooted in self-acceptance as tools for change, inspiring generations of empowerment. In the studio, Alphabet Rockers’ middle school aged artists are hard at work recording their album on transformative justice, supported by foundations, individual donors and the knowledge base of community leadership.

In January 2022, Alphabet Rockers’ first picture book, “You Are Not Alone” (Sourcebooks) illustrated by Ashley Evans, will arrive in bookstores nationwide, captivating and connecting our families.

In all projects, Alphabet Rockers work in partnership with community and industry leaders to create media that reflects the culture of belonging needed in the world. Reaching over 5 million families since 2007, Alphabet Rockers inspire American kids and families to stand up to hate and be their brave and beautiful selves.

Alphabet Rockers is important music... it creates the culture that is the reality of the world we want.
- W. Kamau Bell, Emmy-Award Winner, CNN
What we're about
  • Raising children with consciousness
  • Making visible our many differences  
  • Interrupting racism and biases
  • Holding space for real connection
  • Honoring the land we occupy
  • Intergenerational conversation
  • Black liberation
  • Queer liberation
  • Amplifying voices 
  • Advocacy in community 
  • Meeting you where you are at - and moving together.
Through
  • Impactful video curriculum for kids and families
  • Engaging concerts (live + virtual)
  • Creative workshops for embodied learning
  • Community & school programs and workshops
  • Workshops for parents and educators
  • Intergenerational music & podcasts
  • Gear with a message
  • Picture books with authentic stories

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