On November 13th, ATC hosted a conference call for our network on racial justice and implicit bias, NSA/privacy issues, and updates on the government shutdown and its effects on important issues including immigration and the economy. As with past conference calls we invited top experts and leaders in the field to provide us with important issue updates and to discuss ways artists can get involved.
The list of speakers, their affiliated organizations, Twitter handles, and actions highlighted during their presentations are below. If you would like for ATC to facilitate an introduction to any of the presenters, please contact jamie [at] atctower.net.
For anyone who missed the call or would like a refresher, you can listen to a full recording of the call below or here.
NOTE: As referenced on the call, here is ATC’s blog post on Super Typhoon … Read More »
Don’t miss your chance at ATC’s last donor drive ticket giveaway of 2013!
Here’s how it works:
Anyone who makes a donation to ATC starting now and through Monday, December 9th, will be eligible for this incredible once-in-a-lifetime “Thank You” prize:
A pair of tickets to:
Ozomatli with The San Francisco Symphony
on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Davies Symphony Hall
Celebrate the sounds of the season with the Grammy Award winning, cross-cultural party band Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, Ozomatli fuses music from around the world in an urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga. Not only musicians, these global activists have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors, and recipients of the National Council of LA Raza’s Humanitarian … Read More »
ATC is working closely with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and other philanthropy and aid experts (including advisors in disaster philanthropy & relief work) to assess the best organizations and long-term rebuild efforts for our networks. We will post and distribute these recommendations shortly. In the meantime, here are (posted below) updates on the situation, respected organizations who are on the ground now, and a recap of ATC’s best practices for artists and their networks who want to support disaster response and humanitarian aid.
On Friday, November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) hit the Central Philippines, bringing with it surging sea water, heavy rainfall, and 195 mph winds. It is one of the strongest typhoons on record and has caused severe damage:
over 942 deaths with estimates of over 10,000 yet to be confirmed
destroyed 70-80% of the structures … Read More »
An FAQ on add-ons, a simple fundraising strategy that turns buying into giving and has become a favorite for ATC and the artists and managers we work with.
Last week, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces opened across the country, making health insurance available to you, your family, and your fans, regardless of preexisting conditions. The Marketplaces also offer financial assistance on a sliding scale depending on individual or family income. Artists have long struggled to gain access to affordable health care, and a recent survey found that US-based artists are less likely to have health insurance than the general public. Here we’ve compiled resources specific to artists and others in the music industry, as well as broader resources you can share with your fans.
If you have questions about getting health insurance for yourself, your crew, or others in the music industry, see the resources below:
Artists and the Affordable Care Act FAQ from the Future of Music Coalition’s task force on Artist Health.
HeadCount’s free … Read More »
Erin McKeown, Shawn King (Devotchka) and Stephen Brackett (Flobots) Collaborate to Release Remix Track – “The Jailer: Part 2”
Free Track and Accompanying Lyric Video In Support Of
Just and Humane Immigration Reform
“Two years ago, I took a trip to Nogales, Arizona to see the wall being built between the U.S. and Mexico.” said McKeown. “I was struck by how it appeared to be a violent spine rising out of the beautiful desert.” – Erin McKeown, Musician
OCTOBER 1ST, 2013: Today Erin McKeown, Shawn King (Devotchka) and Stephen Brackett (Flobots) will release “The Jailer: Part 2”, a remix of McKeown’s critically-acclaimed song, “The Jailer”, a haunting tune inspired by the challenges facing residents, both recent immigrants and U.S. citizens, in border communities.
“The Jailer: Part 2” is released as a striking lyric video that highlights the song’s powerful message and transformation along with … Read More »
Tuesday, September 24, is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2013, a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters before Election Day on November 5.
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2013, NVRD will help to make sure no one is left out.
Nearly 1,500 statewide or local political races and ballot initiatives will be decided this Election Day. In addition to registering as many voters as possible on one day, the goal for 2013’s NVRD is to create an awareness for off-year elections by encouraging Americans to register and come out to the polls on November 5.
HOW TO HELP & SAMPLE LANGUAGE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
CHECK your Registration Status at http://bit.ly/1ai7J0j
If you are not already, REGISTER here: http://bit.ly/1dwlqKP
Help PROMOTE: Post NVRD links … Read More »
Filmmaker Gena Konstantinakos and co-producer Brendan Colthurst explore the issue of Net Neutrality in their mockumentary, The Internet Must Go, featuring John Wooley, a character hired by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to help them create a pitch against Net Neutrality.
After a surprising series of interviews with folks like Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Upworthy’s Eli Pariser, Rashad Robinson of Color of Change, and “The Daily Show” regular John Hodgman, Wooley comes to the realization that what the ISPs propose is actually a threat to Americans’ free speech.
Artists, musicians and entrepreneurs rely on open internet policies to treat all websites equally, and have demonstrated their support for a level online playing field where creative expression and entrepreneurism is available to everyone—not just the biggest companies. This film does a great job of helping viewers understand the issue of Net Neutrality and why an #OpenInternet … Read More »
It’s that time of year again. Please vote for ATC’s proposed panel on the official SXSW 2014 Panel Picker website or by clicking on the direct links below. Voting begins 8/19 and runs though 9/6. See below for a description of the panel and relevant links. We have some really great content and speakers on board again this time around.
Use this link to cast your vote for our panel. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
From Pearl Jam to Macklemore: Music Making Change
For over 8 years, ATC has been at the forefront of providing artists & their managers with the strategy, training, & support needed to effectively combine artistry with activism & philanthropy. This panel will discuss how artists approach activism & philanthropy to ensure success, how it affects their artistry, & the creative nuances they add to social justice movements. Artist-activists have created videos … Read More »
“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”
In mid-September the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, led by Republican Representative Hal Rogers (Kentucky), will reconsider a possible 49% ($75 million) cut to the National Endowment of the Arts’ (NEA) budget as one piece of an across-the-board budget cut proposed by the Committee called the FY 2014 Interior Appropriations Bill. This budget cut could have devastating effects on the NEA, arts education, and the economy.
Investment in the arts is not just about ensuring that the arts are supported and able to thrive, it also … Read More »