Seth Bernard builds community awareness and social change for racial, economic and environmental justice. He also happens to be an absurdly talented singer, musician, and songwriter.
His creative process continually makes space for music—it keeps him going and serves as the baseline for the social and environmental change work that he does.
His work focuses on proactive solutions for social-ecological systems by empowering creativity into a future we design collectively. We’re writing a new story together, and it requires all of our participation.
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. In 2001, 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. 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. In 2019, he 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 catalogue. 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.