Communications and Outreach Committee

Communications are an essential task of any organization. Conveying information and meaning across written, visual, and spoken media is an essential task for the IAMM. With over 600 members, keeping everybody informed about all relevant information is a task we take seriously at the Communications and Outreach Committee.

Whether that is through our website, email, social media, or any other medium, we wish for our members and the wide IAMM community to feel well-informed, respected, and included in our communications. Additionally, the Communications and Outreach Committee is also in charge of determining a plan for open access content and communications both through our blog and through social media.

The tasks of the Communications and Outreach Committee are:

To develop and maintain the roster

To update IAMM's website and share information with members and the general public

To network with existing members and solicit new members

To create and share social media content

Committee Members


Chair, Committee on Communications/Outreach

Samuel Gracida, MA, MT - Chair, Communications and Outreach Committee

Samuel Gracida, MA, MT

Samuel Gracida is originally from Mexico but has lived in China, the USA, and Germany. He has played guitar for over 12 years and completed a Bachelor’s of Music from Capital University in Ohio, USA. He has experience playing a wide range of genres, from rock and metal to jazz, classical, funk, and Brazilian music, among others. He also completed a Master’s degree in music therapy at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany. Samuel leads a business with international clients in music therapy to develop their communications and digital presence. His interests include work with children, refugee and vulnerable populations, trauma, and more.

Committee Members


Lengwe Bupalo Sinkala, MD, co-founder of “Bupalo Children's Centre”

Lengwe Bupalo Sinkala, MD - Zambia

Co-Founder of "Bupalo Children's Centre"

Dr Lengwe Bupalo Sinkala is a female medical doctor and a musician from the country of Zambia. She is also the co-founder of “Bupalo Children’s Center”, which is a centre that advocates for the holistic care of children living with special needs, as well as the important role music therapy plays in their wellbeing. She is passionate about music and believes research in this field and the application of music in a clinical setting as therapy would greatly improve health care systems in resource limited countries.

Marija Pranjić
Croatia / Canada

Marija Pranjić - Croatia/Canda

Marija is a Ph.D. candidate in Music and Health Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto and a researcher at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Marija graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. Before her doctoral studies, she was a Research Fellow at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York City.

Steve Keller

Steve Keller - U.S.A.

Steve Keller is the Sonic Strategy Director for Studio Resonate, SXM Media’s in-house audio-first creative consultancy, offering support to brands that advertise on the Pandora, SiriusXM, Stitcher, and Soundcloud platforms. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on sonic strategy and identity, blending art and science into award winning creative content and sonic systems for a variety of global agencies and brands. His research explores the ways music, sound, and voice influence perception and behavior and can be found in the Journal of Advertising Research, Frontiers in Psychology, WARC, Music and Medicine, Journal of Multisensory Research, Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, and Journal of Food Quality and Preference.