About Jecorey Arthur
Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning teacher, musician, and activist from the West End of Louisville, KY. In 2020 he became Louisville's youngest elected official. As Councilman of Louisville Metro District 4 he represents the heart of the city, spanning from the West End of Louisville, through Downtown Louisville, to parts of the East End of Louisville. His career started at age 12 when he started producing music with his neighborhood friends, eventually going on to earn his Master’s in Music Education by age 22 from the University of Louisville.
"Mr. Arthur — your new favorite music teacher" (New York Times), has served over half-a-million students around the world in public schools, community centers, and beyond, including a tour to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a cultural exchange with De Montfort University in England, an artist-in-residency at New York City's 92nd Street Y, and digitally as host of The Music Box, peaking at No. 3 on kids education podcast charts. As a musician he has reached over a million listeners through appearances at Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, and Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland; collaborations with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Nashville, Columbus, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras; performing as the first hip hop artist with the Louisville Orchestra including world premieres of folk opera The Way Forth and rap opera The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, in which he starred as his hometown hero; and composing music for theatre, film, television, podcast, radio, and studio albums. As an activist he has worked on community initiatives with dozens of arts organizations, hiring thousands of locals, while managing over $1 million in funding. Being a descendant of runaway enslaved people, he has continued the tradition of finding freedom through his work — prioritizing service, stories, and struggles of Black America.
Jecorey is currently a professor at the HBCU Simmons College of Kentucky, an artist-roster member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and an endorsed artist with Salyers Percussion. In 2019 he became a BMe Genius Fellow, using his cash reward to help open the Parkland Plaza, an outdoor gathering space in the neighborhood he grew up in. The plaza is a collaboration with Center for Neighborhoods, where he serves on their Board of Directors, and 1200®, the independent music agency specializing in compositions, performances, and events that Jecorey founded. You can follow Jecorey online at @jecoreyarthur.
In 2021, he serves on the Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning, and Budget Committees as well as the Committee on Equity and Inclusion.