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Do you want to create a personal home chant practice?

Do you long to play the harmonium and are not sure where to start, including how to buy one?


Do you want to share Kirtan with your community?

Would you love to expand your repertoire with advanced chants by your favorite Kirtan artists?


Would you love to lead a Kirtan band to create powerful chant experiences?

Do you need support in building relevant community?


Do you long to lead Kirtan regionally and nationally, touring and play festivals?

Would you love to record your own original chants?

Meet Mike. Chant. Lead. Serve.

Mike Cohen, MA, founder of Kirtan Leader Institute, loves working with those who feel called to share Kirtan with others, and who possess big ambitions around personal development and contribution through Kirtan. Mike guides his students to build thriving chant communities, lead with power and grace, write compelling original music, tour, play at festivals, create albums and much more.

A life-long musician with 15 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around four relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Embodied Leadership, Community Building and Spirituality. Mike teaches within the discourses of Western and Indian music, Somatics, Integral, Ontology, Enneagram, Embodied Leadership and Dattatreya Spirituality to help Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant. Since 2010 Mike has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe.

Mike has released two critically acclaimed albums, and in 2016 will release new music created with legendary producer Ben Leinbach. For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he leads Kirtan, trains Kirtan Leaders and offers coaching, training. leadership development and mediation services.

Testimonials & Reviews
Mike offered a safe space for me to go deep and get real with myself.
SRArt Director

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Great news for musicians from SoundExchange. Read more below...
Dear SoundExchange Family,
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed and the president signed into law the CARES Act, an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package to provide direct assistance to those who have been hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic.
I am relieved to let you know that many of these financial resources will be available to individuals, sole proprietors, independent contractors and small businesses in the music community.
A week before this legislation was passed, SoundExchange, along with our partners from across the creative industries, sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to ensure that our community’s needs were considered in any legislation providing economic relief to Americans during this national emergency.
We spoke as one, and our voices were heard. Congress responded by broadening the eligibility requirements for assistance programs, putting them within reach of everyone in the music community.
The CARES Act will provide you with:
* Expanded unemployment insurance funding and eligibility that includes self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and those whose employer was forced to close due to the virus.
* Cash assistance up to $1200 to U.S. residents with income up to $75,000 for individuals and an additional $500 per child.
* Access to the new “Paycheck Protection Program” that will provide billions of dollars in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to businesses disrupted by the virus, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and small businesses with under 500 employees, as well as loan forgiveness.
This information, along with other financial resources available to music creators, can be found on our website. We will update this page to include details for these programs once they are announced.
Please be assured that SoundExchange will continue to be a tireless advocate on your behalf. I am proud of the SoundExchange team’s swift transition to remote work two weeks ago, and I’m even more proud that we have been able to maintain the highest levels of service. Just last week, we distributed $114M in royalties to nearly 30,000 music creator accounts.
As always, we stand as your stalwart advocates, and we will continue to do whatever we can to ease the hardships you face during this national emergency.
Michael Huppe
President and CEO
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