ATC BLOG


The Smarter Sentencing Act: What Artists Can Do

Posted on June 9th, by admin in Criminal Justice. Comments Off

What’s Going On:

The Smarter Sentencing Act presents an important and rare opportunity to change the status quo by reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders but Congress needs to hear from the public now…

This 2-minute video, “JUST SAY NO…to the War on Drugs,” by acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, is packed with data on how the current policies have failed and at great costs — both financial and human. The goal of the video is to raise awareness and action for the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act.

What YOU Can Do:

1. Watch the short video and sign the petition urging members of Congress to advance the Smarter Sentencing Act. Here are the links:

Video to JUST SAY NO on YouTube
Direct link to automated LETTER TO CONGRESS.

2. Share the video with your fans via social media and encourage them … Read More »


Ticket Add-Ons: Make Every Show a Benefit Show 

Posted on May 23rd, by admin in Featured, Library, Toolkits & Resources. Comments Off

Ticket add-ons are Air Traffic Control’s easiest and most effective fundraising action. Micro-donations— from $.50 to $2—added to every ticket make it practically effortless to support causes artists care about.



A Summer to Save the Internet: Artist Action Items

Posted on May 19th, by admin in Media. Comments Off

Artists can continue to have a big impact on this issue by using their voice, creativity, and unique business models.

The next few months are critical for net neutrality and will determine the future of an open Internet. On May 16, Air Traffic Control (with Future of Music Coalition) hosted a power briefing call on net neutrality and what the FCC’s vote on May 15th means for this issue. A selection of highlight audio, key briefing points and recommended actions for artists and their networks are listed below. If you would like to connect with any of the speakers and/or organizations directly, contact us (info@atctower.net or 415-255-0331).

WHAT YOU (ARTISTS) CAN DO:

If you can do one thing: Share a link to this petition with your fans via social media. Sample language is below (or edit to reflect your own voice):

Don’t let … Read More »


Power Briefing Call Recap: A Summer To Save Net Neutrality

Posted on May 16th, by admin in Media. Comments Off

May 16, 2014

Here is a quick recap with contacts and links. For those who missed it, you can listen to the full recording here:

Top Takeaway: Artists continue to have a big impact on this issue by using their voice, creativity, and unique business models.
Here’s how:

Tell your story to the FCC & encourage your fans to do the same during the comment period for the public to respond to the proposed FCC rules (We will share more actions and language for social in the coming months).
Touring through D.C. this summer? Have some meetings with the powers that be. We can help connect you.
Top notch advisors and experts are standing by to help you engage in whatever way you want. Just call us.

Net Neutrality Power Briefing & Speaker Round-up>>
Rebecca Gates – Artist, Curator, Activist

http://parcematone.com/  /  rebecca@thealofm.us  /  @rebeccagates

“Net neutrality action is a must … Read More »


What’s Going On? And What YOU Can Do

Posted on May 12th, by admin in Latest News, Media, Uncategorized. Comments Off

NET NEUTRALITY

What’s Going On:

The government agency that controls the Internet — the FCC — has proposed damaging new rules that could turn Internet speed into a pay-for-play system where broadband providers charge those offering online content a higher fee for priority delivery. For artists, whose business and work is dependent on equal access, this issue is BIG.

What YOU Can Do:

A massive public awareness campaign is in effect from now until 5/15 when the FCC will hold its next open meeting. Call, write, sign, share, etc — the FCC needs to hear from you.

Call the FCC now using this super easy and helpful tool from Free Press. It takes 1-minute of your time. Share it with your fans via social media.
Join us for a 30-minute Power Briefing for Artists and Managers. Future of Music Coalition and top issue experts will … Read More »


2014 Mid-Term Elections: What Artists Can Do

Posted on April 29th, by admin in Elections & Voter Registration, Politics. Comments Off

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

In 2014, voters throughout the globe will elect 25 Presidents who will lead half of the world’s population. In the US, the outcomes of this year’s election will determine the course of the last two years of the Obama administration, and affect major policy issues like immigration reform, climate change, voter rights, and more.

Artists can play an important role in helping get fans registered to vote, encouraging fans to vote on election day, and helping fans understand elections’ potential impacts on the issue areas they care about. This video will lay out a few ways that you can leverage your work as an artist to get involved and engage others in this important election year.

If you are interested in learning more or want to discuss specific projects, contact us directly here. And download your copy of the 2014 Activism … Read More »


It’s Getting Hot (&Cold) In Here Conference Call: Action Items

Posted on April 25th, by admin in Disaster Response, Energy & Environment. Comments Off

On April 24th, Air Traffic Control hosted a conference call on climate change and disaster response. On the call, our incredible cast of speakers provided insight into the recent climate reports, looked at how the rise of extreme weather and superstorms are impacting our communities, and highlighted the important role artists can play in these efforts.

The list of speakers, their contact info, and actions highlighted during the call are below. If you would like ATC to facilitate an introduction to any of the presenters, please contact us directly.

Listen here!

SPEAKER: May Boeve

Executive Director of 350.org
Twitter:@mayboeve @350

Major takeaway from recent climate reports: “It’s not too late to reverse the effects of climate change,” but we need to act now.
If you want to get involved in the massive climate march in NYC on September 20th-21st, let us know and we will put you in … Read More »


Want to Reduce Carbon on Your Tour? Here’s How.

Posted on April 1st, by admin in Energy & Environment. Comments Off

Did you know? The most effective way to reduce carbon emissions on a tour is to play venues accessible by public transit – and to encourage your fans to use those eco-friendly options to get to your shows.

This tip and more is now available in ATC’s Go Green toolkit, a prioritized list of best practices and strategies from fellow artists, industry experts and groups that are creating more sustainable shows, festivals and tours.

Fan transportation constitutes up to 85-90% of the carbon emissions on a tour. Encouraging fans to use public transit is the most important and effective way to reduce emissions. Share transit options with fans by posting links to services, like Google Maps, or offer incentives, like a lottery for public transporters to win free downloads or backstage passes.

If you want to make your touring more sustainable, get in touch with Air … Read More »


2014 Artist Activism + Philanthropy Handbook

Our 2014 activism + philanthropy handbook for artists and managers is now available. This handbook contains tools, strategies and best practices to make your activism and philanthropy work easier and more impactful.


The Best Way to Celebrate Mardi Gras…

Posted on February 25th, by admin in New Orleans. Comments Off

Celebrate Mardi Gras today by listening to this playlist we created for you. And, if you feel moved by the music and the day, do as they do in New Orleans and throw something our way. We’ll use your donation to support artists creating change.

Click on the widget above or HERE for playlist.

Happy Mardi Gras from the ATC Krewe!