Yes is a World is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peace and social change through new music, and the collaboration of young artists.

Since 2008, we have focused exclusively on fiscal sponsorship, fundraising and artistic support for other selected organizations that help fufill our mission. Such groups include Red Light New Music, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, South Africa's J.L. Zwane Center and the Namib Desert Environmental Educational Trust (NaDEET).

From our inception in 2002 through 2008, we produced several large-scale performances integrating text and music, with a focus on art addressing themes of activism and awareness. This website holds an incomplete archive of these performances. For more information, please contact executive director Ted Hearne.


In January 2008, thanks to generous funding from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Yes is a World produced BODY SOLDIERS. Our latest exploration of the ways black South African choral music is being used in the struggle against HIV-AIDS was a huge success. Here are some sample clips:

traditional Xhosa
taught to us by the Durban Westville Prison Women's Choir
and Bongani Dubazana, director

sung by Allison Semmes, Aviva Mitchell, Josephine Lee, H. Roz Woll

Mollie Stone has made a translation of this text:
Our nation is failing from HIV.
Our Lord, save us, give us a cure.
What have we done, my Lord?
Our Lord is here, the epidemic must pass.
Our land is in trouble, Lord, our God.

by Ted Hearne
lyrics by SKIM
performed by Josephine Lee and SKIM
David Hanlon, piano; Ron Wiltrout, drums; Nathan Koci, horn
David Hanlon, piano and Jody Redhage, cello

Music and HIV in South Africa
Sun 13 January 2008 7pm
Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer
4945 South Dorchester Ave.

TICKETS $15/adults; $8/students

In 2006, thanks to a generous grant to Yes is a World from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Mollie Stone led a coalition of students of music, film and medicine to South Africa in search of people using choral music to fight the spread of HIV. Drawing upon the activist tradition of anti-apartheid music, new songs are helping many people accent their status, while educating and inspiring those most at risk. People of all ages use music as a powerful tool of communication. Tradition, strife and hope are embedded in each song, transmuting the decades of struggle against apartheid into determination and perseverance in the fight against AIDS.

BODY SOLDIERS is the first full performance of the material we collected in South Africa, and a melding of American and South African traditions, integrated throughout with documentary footage from our trip by Anthony Morrison and Charlotte Royer. Featuring a fantastic choir, new music by Ted Hearne, and the brilliant poetic stylings of SKIM.