Founder and Co-Executive Director of Title Track, working for clean water, racial equity and youth empowerment.
Founder of Earthwork Music, encouraging community healing through collective musicianship, and the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, a celebrated annual cultural event that takes place on the family farm where I grew up.
Born and raised on Earthwork Farm in rural Northern Michigan, Seth Bernard was brought up in the folk and farmstead culture with an enriching integrative experience of the arts, agriculture, and community.
Seth founded Earthwork Music, a renowned Michigan-based collective of successful independent musicians who focus their efforts on community healing.
Seth has traveled the world and blanketed the US as a magnetic performer and uplifting cultural worker and is equally at home fronting a large electrified ensemble as he is holding a crowd alone with an acoustic guitar. Seth has served as the Director of the Musical Ambassador Program for On the Ground where he helped cultivate partnerships and cultural exchanges between communities in southern Mexico, Ethiopia and eastern Congo and communities in Michigan with a focus on solidarity and creative collaboration. “Eggs” Bernard is a NMEAC Environmentalist of the Year Award winner for Arts Education and has worked with SEEDS and On Stage for Kids bringing nature-based experiential creative empowerment to young people across the Great Lakes region and beyond.
In early 2018
Bernard launched the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan, a social movement using storytelling and music to amplify the groundswell of support for water issues.
Seth launched the non-profit organization Title Track, engaging creative practice to build resilient social-ecological systems that support clean water, racial equity, and youth empowerment.
Seth is a prolific songwriter and recording artist with 12 solo albums and a dozen more collaborative projects in his catalog. He’s won eight Jammie awards as a recording artist and producer and has been a longtime iconic leader and steward of Michigan’s music community. His newest work, “Eggtones”, is a four-album series released over the last 2 years to critical acclaim.
“Most likely to save the world: Seth Bernard. Music and activism have long made a natural pairing, from Bob Dylan to Beyoncé. Northern Michigan’s preeminent musician/activist is Seth Bernard, an acoustic-guitar-toting folkie known for his uplifting live shows, his prolific body of work, and his numerous efforts to bring about social change.”
“Samuel Seth Bernard is a real renaissance man…social organizer, incredible musician, activist, a troubadour of truth and justice. He’s a Michigan treasure, and an all around wonderful human – y’all should go see him if you are able.”
Dan LauterburFree-Range Archaeologist
“Seth Bernard is a multi-talented singer-songwriter whose work is as much about making music as it is about creating a community. It seems Bernard always has his hand in a number of projects that focus on the intersection of these two passions.”