Musician, Citizen Artist, Educator, Composer, and Film Maker, Joe Hamm has dedicated his music career to the dynamic intersection at socially equitable music programming and original music making.

He performs, teaches, records, and writes music for rock, indie, and jazz groups. In 2008 Joe's career skyrocketed with the MTV-U Woodie Award nomination and appearance on the nationally televised show with his band Chasing Arrows at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. That experience lead to a Bronx based management deal with Nicon Entertainment Group and subsequent independently released recordings.


Joe has produced, written, performed, and recorded with Lux Nova, Jake Hull, Junto, and Jonah Ross. Joe has also performed with interdisciplinary ensembles in conjunction with glass artists, DJs, visual artists, and dancers. Soundscapes' recent collaboration with Carnegie Hall and Play USA selected the collective composition "See My Friends Again" which Joe Produced and Co-Wrote alongside student musicians. The song was premiered at Carnegie Hall's In Response virtual concert. The collaboration continues.

Joe has worked with Rey Ramirez and Anne Henry to build Soundscapes, the 4th United States program inspired by the El Sistema philosophy beginning in the fall of 2009 into an internationally recognized leader in the El Sistema movement.

Soundscapes uses intensive music study and ensemble performance to build essential executive, social, and critical thinking skills in children. Soundscapes enrolls over 400 children at 5 different title 1 schools annually in Newport News, Virginia.  As Program & Media Manager, and Teaching Artist, Joe has worked to build the program since its beginning, and made music accessible to over 1,000 individual students to date, many of which have participated for multiple years. 

Joe's conviction that music has the power to change lives charged him to contribute to the United States El Sistema movement.

El Sistema USA supports 130 member programs serving over 20,000 students living primarily in socio-economically disadvantaged communities throughout the United States. Joe has been a presenter and co-facilitator at El Sistema USA national symposiums, leading and co-leading Teaching Artist focused workshops in Philadelphia, Durham, Los Angeles with Eric Booth, Dan Trahey, fellow members of the El Sistema USA Board of Directors, and many talented Teaching Artists.


Joe designed and invented the El Sistema USA Census project in 2012 after identifying the young field lacked specifics on important aspects of the work. Joe designed a survey, reached out to program leaders, and started an El Sistema USA board committee to execute the project. After self publishing multiple reports, Joe and El Sistema USA collaborated with Duke University Social Science Research Institute to manage the census for years to come. 


Recent recordings, releases, and performances with solo artist Jonah Ross have taken center stage, in addition to Soundscapes continued musical programming and expansion on the peninsula in South Eastern Virginia.Re


This story doesn't have an ending, and the future is unwritten. On to the next music project!

Joe Hamm earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Christopher Newport University.