The Back Story

The Who & Why Behind Music Makes Me Happy


Joshua Dingle

Founder of Music Makes Me Happy

Joshua Dingle is a creative activist.  He is the brainchild and Executive Director of the national movement, Music Makes Me Happy.
The viral t-shirt worn by celebrities such as Usher, Janelle Monae, Brandy, Lecrae and others sparked a national conversation on the importance of using music and art to foster social change and civic engagement. 
Started in 2014, Music Makes Me Happy has curated over 20 events amongst Philly, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The events include artist showcases, networking events, panel discussions, and school outreaches. 
Joshua Dingle, founder of Music Makes Me Happy could not speak between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. A severe stuttering disorder left him unable to communicate with anyone. He literally had to write things down to get his thoughts across. Joshua’s parents and teachers tried putting him in every speech therapy class they could find and nothing ever worked…yet. A non-social 12 year old with extreme low self-esteem, he figured this speech impediment was apart of who he was…until he was introduced to music and theater arts. Within one year of studying acting and music, Joshua’s speech was near perfect. Today, the Philadelphia born speaker and creative has been blessed to have spoken in front of hundreds of people across the world on topics such as personal development, art, and activism. 

“Music played a big part in helping me discover where the speech impediment came from. I realized that I didn’t have a speaking disorder but a thinking disorder. I learned that my communication issues stemmed from a lack of confidence, low self-esteem and how I saw myself. Music helped me to express myself, grow in self-esteem and played a huge part in my personal development. In the same way music help me discover and solve personal issues, I believe it can do the same in our communities and inspire change in others.”


Amazing people who make it happen.

Our work is the result of like minded individuals and organizations that believe in our purpose and have contributed their resources to help further our mission.