Since Hurricane Katrina, the Future of Music Coalition, a nationwide coalition of musician activists, has staged retreats and concerts in New Orleans to benefit local entities. The seventh installment, at the Blue Nile, features Bonerama with Cody Chesnutt, DJ Spooky/That Subliminal Kid, Helen Bruner and Terry Jones, Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson of Tsunami, M1 of Dead Prez, Sunpie Barnes and more; proceeds benefit Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network.
Air-Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition are institutions that exist to help musicians to play a part in social justice, having assembled a web of people and resources that allow them to more cohesively and effectively collaborate with each other and with other social institutions.
Since 2006, the two organizations have been teaming up for “artist activism” retreats in New Orleans. The retreats give artists—some already known for their activism, such as Tom Morello, Mike Mills of R.E.M., and Boots Riley of the Coup—an opportunity to interact with and directly benefit New Orleans and our people in this post-Katrina and BP oil disaster city.
Late Thursday, House Republicans voted to bar the FCC from imposing net neutrality guidelines on broadband providers. As part of an amendment attached to a larger spending bill, the FCC would be prohibited from using federal funds to force ISPs to comply with various access requirements.
This is a highly contentious issue, and ISPs have serious legal challenges against these rules. But groups like the Future of Music Coalition and A2IM are squarely in favor of net neutrality regulations.
And, so are many artists. The following is a letter to Congressional leaders mailed this week by R.E.M., Rebecca Gates, Kronos Quartet, Jill Sobule, Erin McKeown, Thao Nguyen, Alex Shapiro and Charles Bissell. read more
The Dear NOLA Benefit Concert, which raises money for the Louisiana nonprofit organizations Sweet Home New Orleans and Gulf Restoration Network, goes down February 17 at Blue Nile in New Orleans. The New Orleans brass band Bonerama will play with guests like Mirah, members of Rogue Wave and DeVotchKa, DJ Spooky, Cody ChesnuTT, Sage Francis, Dead Prez’s M1, and Tsunami’s Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson.
NEWORLEANS, LA—New Orleans brass-fueled sensations Bonerama team up with Cody ChesnuTT, DJ Spooky/That Subliminal Kid, Grammy Nominated Helen Bruner + Terry Jones, Jenny Toomey & Kristin Thomson of Tsunami, M1 of Dead Prez, Mirah, Sage Francis, Shawn King of Devotchka, Sunpie Barnes and Zach Rogue to celebrate New Orleans, her community and its musical ambassadors for “Dear NOLA: a Concert for New Orleans,” at Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen Street) on Thursday, February 17.
Doors are at 9pm and admission is $10 in advance and can be purchased online at the Blue Nile website (www.bluenilelive.com); $15 at the door. read more
From November 16-21, Words, Beats and Life is presenting Remixing the Art of Social Change, an ambitious hip-hop teach-in with an international approach. Folks from around the world are coming together in various venues in Washington, DC to participate in a unique experience that’s both action-oriented and community-based. The teach-in will focus on the tools and resources necessary to develop curriculum, programs and artistic and scholarly work based on hip-hop culture. read more
A short while ago, we hipped you to an amazing concert/webcast from Erin Mckeown, which took place at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on October 20. (We watched it from our lair, and it ruled).
Well, Erin has just posted a clip fom the webcast where she talks about her support for the open internet before launching into a positively ripping cover of “Who’s Watching the Watcher” by LaBelle. Check it out:
For the past five years, Future of Music Coalition has worked alongside Air Traffic Control — a nonprofit that supports musicians and music managers in their efforts to create positive social change — to improve conditions for New Orleans’ cultural ambassadors.
FMC and ATC’s artist activism retreats in New Orleans bring established and developing musical talent to the Big Easy to talk about ways to incorporate advocacy and philanthropy into their lives and careers. Attendees experience the vibrant culture of New Orleans while talking to residents about efforts to rehabilitate the neighborhoods and communities most affected by Hurricane Katrina. read more