Joel Silberman is one of the American progressive movement’s premiere media and message strategists and trainers. His career began as a New York musician mentored by Leonard Bernstein. Joel went on to conduct on Broadway, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He produced and directed special events and concerts all over the world.
In 1996, while directing People for the American Way’s Spirit of Liberty Awards in Los Angeles, Joel met legendary television producer Norman Lear. Norman’s vision, “Art is catalytic to social change,” transformed and re-focused Joel’s professional life when he realized that changing hearts and minds politically required the same artistic discipline and skill possessed by great actors.
To make his new career idea into a thriving business, Joel turned to his personal mentor, global entrepreneur and award-winning author Jack Nadel. Utilizing, The Nadel Method, Jack’s time-tested business principles and wisdom, Joel became one of the most sought after media consultants in America.
In 2007, as Senior Creative Director for Media Matters for America, Joel authored the Progressive Talent Initiative. Through this program the face and ideology of America’s media landscape was broadened to include more young, female and diverse faces from online as well as traditional print media.
In 2009, as Senior Fellow at New Organizing Institute, Joel created Media Talent 2.0 to further identify, train, place and promote new voices in the media landscape. In 2011, Media Talent 2.0 joined Democracy Partners.
Joel has media trained U.S. Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, as well as local and state elected officials. He is the media strategist and trainer for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He has trained the Chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus as well as the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Joel’s organizational clients have included many of the nation’s leading NGO’s including: Progressive Congress, People For The American Way, New Leaders Conference, Women Donors Network, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, National Women’s Law Center, National Nurses United, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, to name but a few.
Joel’s media client’s include: CNN’s Van Jones, Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, and The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel. He is the media trainer for the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
Maintaining his connection to his roots in the arts, Joel is a frequent guest lecturer at the Juilliard School in New York. From 1995-2002 he taught annual master classes in American Song at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists. At Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, he directed critically acclaimed opera productions of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Donizetti’s Lucretia Borgia. In 2004-2005 he directed opera and taught American song master classes at the “Sadna” in Tel Aviv. He has appeared in solo concert performances internationally including Carnegie Hall, The Chelsea Festival in London, and the Four Winds Festival in Australia.
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