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Spotlight: OutLoud! LGBTQI+ Experiences in the Music Industry

Panel examines "the role that sexuality and identity play in artistic development and expression"

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Lea Delaria

Dave Koz and Lea DeLaria are among a select group of queer music artists who will share their experiences as part of a panel discussion billed as a “first-of-its-kind.”

Co-presented by the DC Jazz Festival and the Embassies of Finland and Sweden, and sponsored by The Corner at Whitman-Walker, the virtual discussion will be moderated by John Murph, a D.C.-based music journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Root, and Metro Weekly.

Swedish electro-pop singer-songwriter Tove Stryke, Finnish pop star Saara Aalto, and New York City jazz musician Andrew D’Angelo will also join in the conversation alongside Koz and DeLaria. More artists are expected to be announced in the days leading up to the event.

The panel “will examine the role that sexuality and identity play in artistic development and expression,” while addressing issues of representation of queer people and culture in the industry and the impact that can have in improving financial equity, performance opportunities, and audience outreach and development.

The program will take place over Zoom and will include a live Q&A session. Thursday, March 11, at 1 p.m. Free, but registration on Eventbrite required. Search “OutLoud!” at or click here to register.

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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