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
I’m biased, of course, but I think the album rocks pretty hard. The full line-up will be announced next week, but for now I can tell you that A) it includes several of my personal heroes, B) all the participating artists are alumni of the artist-activism retreats ATC and the Future of Music Coalition have been hosting in New Orleans for the last few years and which I blogged about last March, C) it comes with a booklet featuring artwork by the Mekons’ Jon Langford and some liner notes by yours truly, and D) Wonderlick has a new track on the album.
This guest post is from Davey D — a media activist and longtime journalist who is the host of Hard Knock Radio (HKR), an award-winning, daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on hip-hop culture and politics. Davey is also the founder of the long-running, oft-cited website, Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner.read more
This dynamic conversation will examine how artists are gaining traction online, the impact of technology on music promotion and how bloggers and artists can raise awareness about important issues in the hip-hop community and beyond. read more
[Last week, FMC wrapped up our sixth Artist Activism Camp in New Orleans, where we hung out with a buncha incredible musicians and talked about ways they can work for positive social change in their lives and careers. As always, there was an incredible show to benefit NOLA do-gooders Sweet Home New Orleans. We wanted to give our readers a bit more flavor — mmm, tastes like gumbo! — so we asked our Events Coordinator (and AAC vet), Chhaya Kapadia, to give us a behind-the-scenes report.]
Back from New Orleans trip #6 and I'm happy to report that the city felt more refreshed this time. As I've mentioned in previous posts at my personal site, I was there to hang out with a smart, thoughtful, committed group of musicians to talk about about activism for a few days, after which the artists all put on a fantastic group rock show at One Eyed Jacks.
I know it's easy to forget about New Orleans when it's been nearly five years since Hurricane Katrina and there have been earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Iran, Pakistan, and China, a tsunami in Southeast Asia — not to mention all the smaller and man-made disasters that don't inspire telethons. But New Orleans belongs to all of us: the music community and America. It's the birthplace of so much American music and we stand to lose a part of what makes us unique if we let it slip away for lack of effort. read more