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Believe Music Heals is featured in MarinScope Community Newspaper website on Dec 28, 2022:

Essence Goldman founds Believe Music Heals

Award-winning singer/songwriter/voice coach Essence Goldman, founder of the newly formed not-for-profit organization, Believe Music Heals, will be making music healing programs available to those experiencing hardship and distress as well as those with chronic and terminal illness starting in early 2023.

After life-altering projects unfolded when two of her voice students became aware of their terminal illnesses, Essence guided their focus to music as a means of self-expression and healing. She witnessed powerful personal transformations when these individuals turned their attention toward creativity and music instead of their hardships. 

The joy and healing derived through these projects became life-defining not only for the students but for Essence as well. 

“I could see that music became an anchor point in their lives and I felt compelled to become involved and guide them with their transformation. I saw that music was allowing them to turn fear and pain into creativity and expression, and the quality of their lives improved dramatically.”

Two albums were born: “Connection,” by Bernie Dalton, currently in development as the feature film “Bernie and The Believers,” and “Beckoning,” by John Brody, scheduled for release in 2023. 

Essence explains why she founded Believe Music Heals.

 “My dad gave me a journal and a Walkman as a child while I was experiencing emotional distress during my parents’ divorce. I started writing and diving into listening to music religiously. That is how I learned that transformation was possible through self-expression and music.”

Believe Music Heals is a program of MarinLink, an incubator and fiscal sponsor for community-based projects inspired by social entrepreneurs to generate positive change in the arts, community, education, environment, and health.