Updated: Jun 1
SMASH is excited to introduce you to our newest team member, Ciera Carpenter-Boyle. In her role at SMASH, she provides high-level administrative support to our Executive Director, Denise Burnside, and the SMASH team with the day-to-day business of providing healthcare to musicians. In addition to being the Executive and Administrative assistant at SMASH, she is also working towards a major in marketing and a minor in art history. Ciera has always had a passion for helping people, whether those close to her or strangers in need.
What made you want to work at SMASH?
SMASH is an incredible organization that offers zero-to-no-cost healthcare to musicians in the Puget Sound area. When I learned about the organization, I was immediately pulled in because they are addressing a need that benefits musicians and the community. Seattle is known to have a flourishing music scene, but when our musicians aren’t healthy and thriving, we have less music to enjoy. I knew that I wanted to get involved with SMASH regardless of the outcome, but I am so thrilled and grateful to be a part of the SMASH team and to aid in doing the amazing work that SMASH does.
What are you most looking forward to in your new position?
I think I’m most excited to help with the big fundraising benefit concert that happens in November. I know it’s a big deal for SMASH, the musicians, and the community, so I am really excited to be a helping hand. I’m also looking forward to being a part of a team that provides such a needed service to local musicians. I’ve always had a love for music and a passion for helping others, so having both incorporated into my job is incredible.
Why do you think it is important to offer healthcare to musicians?
Providing healthcare to musicians is important for promoting their health and well-being, supporting their careers, and ensuring they can access basic human rights. Musicians often have unique health needs related to their profession, such as hearing loss, vocal strain, and mental health concerns. Offering healthcare tailored to musicians' needs can help address these issues and ensure that they receive the appropriate care. Additionally, musicians must be in good health to perform at their best, so access to healthcare is essential.
What is your current favorite local band or artist?
Dead or alive, if you could see any artist live, who would it be?
Hm. This is a tough question! There are a few people who I have seen live that I would want to see again, like Frank Ocean, because he rarely does live performances, and he was so great when I saw him the first time. Or Two Door Cinema Club, even though I’ve seen them a few times because they just always put on such a good show, and I’m filled with nostalgia and good feelings whenever I listen to them. But truthfully, the first person that came to mind was Sam Cooke, the King of Soul. I love his sound and would be delighted to see him perform live.
Are there any upcoming shows or music festivals you are excited about?
I’m looking forward to the Day In Day Out festival this year. I’m a huge fan of Leon Bridges, and he’s on the lineup this year. As well as the Capitol Hill Block Party festival. I like to attend every local festival if I can. I also look forward to attending the Austin City Limits music festival. My husband and I went last year with our friends, and we had such an incredible time that we decided to make it a tradition to go every year. The lineup isn’t even out yet, but we know it’s going to be such a good time regardless of who is playing. Something about being outside and listening to live music with your friends is so special.
What is your go-to song for feeling low or needing a pick-me-up?
I would say Don’t Know Why and Sunrise by Norah Jones. My mom used to listen to a lot of Norah Jones, so I associate her music with my mom. My mom passed away several years ago, so whenever I miss her, I’ll put on one of these songs and feel a little bit closer to her. Plus, Norah Jones has music that makes you feel good.
MORE ABOUT CIERA:
Ciera was born in San Jose, California, and raised in the Bay and Midwest. When she turned 20, she decided it was time to migrate from Illinois to Seattle, where she’s been for the past 8 years. In addition to being the Executive and Administrative assistant at SMASH, she is also working towards a major in marketing and a minor in art history. Ciera has always had a passion for helping people, whether those close to her or strangers in need. A few years ago, she founded and was the president of a guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital that supported childhood cancer research, which was an unforgettable and rewarding experience. She enjoys trying new restaurants, hanging with her husband and two pups, attending music festivals, and playing tennis in her free time.