Me2/ (“me, too”) is the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them. Me2/ serves as a model organization where people with and without mental illnesses work together in an environment where acceptance is an expectation, patience is encouraged, and supporting each other is a priority.
The mission of Me2/ is to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness (including addiction) through supportive classical music ensembles and inspiring performances.
Our flagship ensemble, Me2/Burlington, was launched in the fall of 2011 in Burlington, Vermont. It is a non-auditioned orchestra that rehearses weekly and performs 3-4 times annually in traditional concert venues, inside correctional and rehabilitation facilities, and for mental health events. In 2014 we launched Me2/Boston, a similar orchestra that performs in venues ranging from museums to psychiatric hospitals to recovery centers.
Over the past year, Me2/ Affiliates (smaller ensembles) have been starting in cities in other states. You can read more about this on the “New! Affiliate Ensembles” page.
For a brief overview, watch this news piece about Me2/Orchestra produced by Al Jazeera English: