New Podcast from Arts Midwest


Please note that this podcast contains discussion about attempted suicide.In this episode, the hosts talk with Sam Miltich, a professional jazz guitarist from rural Minnesota who lives with schizophrenia. Sam shares how he’s found solace in nature and how he’s been able to balance his music career and mental health.

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This conversation is part of Arts Midwest’s Filling the Well podcast series, which is returning with five new episodes starting this spring! Hear from rural Midwestern creatives and Indigenous culture bearers as they talk about what nourishes and inspires them.

Music & Mental Health in Northern Minnesota

Sam Miltich


Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. Sam burst on the scene in his teens as a young lion of jazz manouche, joining Paul Mehling’s Hot Club of San Francisco and touring internationally with the world-renowned Robin Nolan Trio.  Sam’s fluid and instinctive sound has graced hundreds of stages, from small towns on the Iron Range to New York’s Lincoln Center. Learn more at

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