Founder and Executive Producer
Patrick Gandy is a composer, pianist, conductor, orchestrator and musical director who has worked with such artists as: Diana Ross, Loretta Devine, Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, James Ingram, Dianne Reeves, Jennifer Holliday, Patrice Rushen, Rickey Minor, George Duke, Seal, Carole Bayer Sager, Stephen Schwartz, David Foster, Marilyn McCoo, Debbie Allen, T.C. Carson, Robert Urich, Gerald Albright, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Indi Arie, John Denver, Aaron Neville, Claudia Acuna, Gladys Knight, Tamia, Julia McGuiness, Christina Milian, Smokey Norfolk, John Legend, The Ojays, and Mariah Carey.
The Silence Is Broken uses the creative and performing arts and a sustained media campaign to halt the spread of HIV in communities of color, among black women specifically, to the exclusion of no other group.
Infection rates for black women equal 61% of all new infections amongst women. Black community HIV infection rates are looking more and more like third world countries and we as guardians of the next generations are not talking about it. We create trust, eliminate stigma, create awareness, educate, and we advocate testing through our original programming.
SIB is a media company and an interactive website that streams original programming using the creative and performing arts to inspire and inform. The mostly free programming focuses on excellence and accomplishment, and provides a glimpse into the creative process on a wide variety of topics including art, music, style, money and cuisine. Users can learn about different cultures and lifestyles, while watching and interacting with extraordinary people who reveal their process for achievement.
The Silence Is Broken consists of an interactive website, a song, and concert series. Our first feature length concert in the series is now available.
"we break the silence through music, art, new media, and broadcasting the exceptional and the inspired -how do you break it?"
The SIB Campaign
The Silence Is Broken HIV campaign is designed to create awareness, educate, and raise money to help fight the disease and the stereotypes it falsely creates. HIV and AIDS threatens communities of color more than any other group. We have concentrated our efforts on black women as their infection rates are hovering at 61% of all new infections amongst women. Black community HIV infection rates are looking more and more like third world countries and we as guardians of the next generations are not talking about it.
The Silence Is Broken campaign was introduced by composer and producer Patrick Gandy as a gift to his daughters. He wanted to put something in the world where they could learn about this disease from him through a medium he was familiar with (music) and the message would be reinforced through cultural discourse.
By using the media combined with the creative and performing arts as a mechanism of change, The Silence Is Broken will strengthen its message and its capacity to inform. We are taking a bold stance that The Silence Is Broken Concert Series, with its artists, thinkers, and performers, will lead in the start of a multi-year experiment to halt the spread of HIV.
The Silence Is Broken campaign is designed to consistently and constantly impart its message until eradication. We have interviewed HIV positive women in Los Angeles, New York, Louisiana, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. After finding out their HIV status these women experienced anger, then acceptance, then they begin to live their lives, some empowered for the first time, to be more and to give more.
Though trial and tribulation is a part of living, our goal is to disseminate a message that HIV does not have to be one of the trials, it is preventable. Our message is one of empowerment. This however, does not replace the reality or seriousness that is HIV. While the horizon is seemingly bleak, broadcasting images of extraordinary people creating their extraordinary lives will be examples young people and all people can emulate.
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