We had the good fortune of connecting with Briana Harley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Briana, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
The purpose of Brain and Body Music Studio is to cultivate community healing through accessible arts events and education. Music, and other creative endeavors, activate both the left and right sides of the brain and communicate to the body an action or reaction. These benefits are only heightened and long lasting through formal education. We highly values creative experiences and consider it necessary to the healing and survival of our stressful or unhealthy lives. B&B is a seed of change in culture. Creative spaces need new leadership. It has been common for men to abuse their power in spaces to be predatory or harm artists, especially Black and Indigenous Queer Women of Color. B&B is a queer led space that works to maintain safer spaces for all people. We have witnessed the B&B existence challenge those threatening spaces and provide confidence to artists seeking safer people and places.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve worked in many art programs and there’s been a lot of good, and a lot of bad. I’m just paying forward those great experiences by creating some for others. I’ve only felt held back by business norms that have hindered me from staying authentic. It never worked out and I always found immediate success when staying to true to myself. Most importantly my work comes from a place of service to community. I’m not interested in capitalizing off children’s education and cultural healing. I believe there’s enough in this world for everyone to support each other and I intend for B&B Music Studio to be an example of that.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love parks; I think they’re highly underrated. My favorite parks are Eisenhower Park in Orange, Wakeham Park in Costa Mesa, and Centennial Park in Santa Ana.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My philosophies are rooted in Rock n Roll Camp for Girls. I was involved with Orange County while they existed and volunteered for many through out Southern California. There are local to international sectors of Rock Camp that provide safety and music education for young girls and gender non conforming youth.

Website: https://bandbmusicschool.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/brianaharley?igshid=7d5dyiteumyr

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