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Scott Jones

Scott Jones (he/him) is a musician, filmmaker, writer, and activist who is passionate about using creative expression as a way to build bridges with people and communities. After surviving a homophobic attack in 2013, Scott was compelled to use music and artistic expression as a vehicle for positive change. With the help of his loved ones, Scott founded the Don’t BE Afraid campaign and facilitated VOX: A Choir for Social Change, advocating for the rights of queer people and raising awareness about the very real and dangerous repercussions of queerphobia. For four years after the attack, Scott worked with the NFB and filmmaker Laura Marie Wayne to create the award-winning documentary Love, Scott (HotDocs, 2018) about his experiences with small-town homophobia and violence. Since that time, Scott has written and directed live action, music, and animated short films that centre queer and disabled perspectives, including Coin Slot (Best Atlantic Short Film, AIFF, 2022), Freedom, and Good Samaritan. Scott has also trained and worked extensively as a music facilitator and choir director, having conducted the Nova Scotia Youth Choir (resident conductor), the Pictou District Honour Choir, and Vox Populi. He has guest conducted the Amadeus Choir, Shallaway Youth Choir, Lady Cove Women’s Choir, Mount Allison Choral Society, and Singing Out LGBTQ Choir. For his artistic and advocacy work and for his community engagement, Scott received a YMCA Peace Medal, a Nova Scotia Human Rights Award, and a Mount Allison Alumni Award (Contemporary Achievement). Scott has a Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance and Choral Conducting) from Mount Allison University.

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