Updated: Sep 1
UPDATED: 9/1/23 (originally sent 9/22/20) Added info on Bob Weir's continuing role in awakening people to be part of the solution...
--Article links to Part II
HeadCount.org does voter registration by combining music, democracy & action. So vote & together we'll fix the underlying problem - the system itself.
Click the above link if you have ANY questions about HOW and WHERE and WHEN to vote. The Home page has links to "Register to Vote" & "Check your Status" and so much more...
TODAY (9/22/20) IS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY...
ya gotta be in it to win it...for those you want...
don't piss & moan...if ya stay at home...
The only excuse for not voting is if you’re Dead…Naw, I take that back…as you’ll see below…
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference”
--Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, author, activist
--Exiting polls after this year’s NYS Primary Day election…
The following section is from their website...
“Music, Democracy, Action”
HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.
WHAT DOES HEADCOUNT DO?
By reaching young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – we make civic participation easy and fun.
We stage nonpartisan voter registration drives at more than 1,000 live events each year and collaborate with cultural leaders to promote civic engagement on a national scale. Since 2004, we’ve signed up over 600,000 voters through our work with touring musicians like Ariana Grande, Dead & Company, and Beyoncé and events like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Pride Festivals and RuPaul’s DragCon. Meanwhile, our digital campaigns have won Clio and SHORTY awards, and our public service announcements have starred the likes of Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, members of the Grateful Dead and Brockhampton. More information about these initiatives can be found at the bottom of this page.
--Bobby Weir sportin’ a HeadCount tee...and, as shown below, a featured artist on the Headcount "Artists" page.
--If your favorite performers are NOT listed, ask them to jump on the bus/music wagon...
HOW DO ARTISTS WORK WITH US?
We provide voter registration at events as well as digital tools to promote democracy. Over 100 festivals and touring artists work with HeadCount to bring voter registration to their fans, and some have us organize larger Participation Row activism villages to highlight all their favorite charities.
HeadCount manages social impact programs for brands like Ben & Jerry’s, American Eagle Outfitters and MTV, centered around civic engagement.We are also a national partner of National Voter Registration Day, for which we orchestrate an annual social media push featuring the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, John Legend, Stephen Colbert, and 50 Cent with a collective reach of more than 1 billion followers.
End of content from HeadCount.org website.
THE BOTTOM LINE…
On July 18, 2018 I went to a SummerStage concert in NYC’s Central Park to hear Nahko & Medicine for the People. Before the gig, I checked out Headcount’s booth. Here’s one of their attention-getting signs…
HeadCount in the Media
HeadCount is encouraging voter registration through a fun and creative initiative: #GoodToVote
--check out Samuel L Jackson's Instagram post (my fav: the Jamaican one)
FYI - older article that I included as an example of the creative partnerships that are being formed.
"Enter to win a video chat with your favorite artist. All you have to do is get ready to vote. Camilla Cabello, Dave Matthews Band, The Maine, [Phish,] Chole Moriondo, and more of your favorite artists are encouraging fans to get out the vote as part of our “Vote Ready” Campaign. Primaries are still happening across…"
"We’re partnering with fourteen major Broadway productions to encourage Broadway fans across the United States to register and vote. Although Broadway performances in New York City remain suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19, fans can join their favorite shows in making their voices heard at the polls this fall.
Fans across the country can register, check, or update their voter registration status online and find localized information about polling dates, sites, and candidates. By doing so, they will enter to win Broadway show tickets (applicable when performances resume) and more.
Contest runs through October 1st."
--"We all have a civic responsibility to participate in Election Day to take action and make our voices heard. Every vote matters, no matter what you believe or who you support, yet only 56% of the U.S. voting-age population cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Lower voter turnout is often linked to confusion about deadlines, logistics and election procedures. Eventbrite is making a commitment to leveraging its community and platform to get out the vote this November with our 'Ticket to Vote' campaign."
"...To deliver on this goal, we’re partnering with HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that registers voters at concerts and events..." More details in article.
Vote for/with Your Favorite Bands
Here are unsettling, mind-awakening anthems that range and rage from hopeless to hopeful. Take in their messages when you’re waiting on line at your polling place…or anytime…REMEMBER: You and I are part of the solution...
10 Election-Themed Hot 100 Hits (2016) (with links)
10 Timeless Political Songs for Election Day (2018) (with links)
10 PROTEST SONGS THAT REMIND US WHY VOTING IS SO IMPORTANT (2018) (with links)
Rock List: Readers’ Best Protest Songs (RollingStone 2008) (list of 25 but no links)