Judy Mauldin

Doug Shipman
Judy Mauldin wants to reframe hip-hop as as a conscious way to educate and inspire the minds of young people worldwide.

As executive director of the nonprofit Hip Hop 4 Humanity (HH4H), Mauldin aims to lower high school dropout rates by using the art of music to foster the entrepreneurial spirit within young people. Mauldin has helped launch The Business of Entertainment, a curriculum that exposes high school students to the opportunities within the entertainment industries in classes led by industry professionals, trained educators and community leaders. The program fosters self-esteem and confidence by allowing students with virtually no musical skills to come together in a group and create a music project in a simulated studio environment led by a Grammy Award-winning recording artist. Mauldin's program was recently picked up by UN-HABITAT, the United Nations agency that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns, for inclusion in "Music as a National Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues," a compendium of projects around the world that use music as a tool to address social issues in cities.