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HeadCount is a grassroots organization that uses the power of music to register voters and raise political consciousness. We reach young people and music fans where they already are - at concerts and online - to inform and empower.
Our message is not about what party you support or where you land on an issue. It's that you must speak to be heard.
We register voters at concerts and make civic participation part of the live music experience. Artists such asDave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon, Phish, John Mayer andWilco have helped us registerover 175,000 voters . Not only have they welcomed us at their concerts, but many have supported the organization financially and also appeared in our public service announcement campaigns.
We have a network of 8,000 volunteers across the county, divided into local street teams. Any time one of our 80 affiliated artists plays a concert in a city where we have a team, our volunteers set up a HeadCount table. At those tables, people can register to vote , write a letter to Congress or sign up for educational email lists related to specific issues . We also maintain a website and blog (www.HeadCount.org andwww.headcount.org/blog ) with information on voting, current events and volunteer opportunities.
We believe that society benefits when citizens are informed and participate in democracy, and that musicians and their fans have thepotential to be the leaders of worldwide social movements . By channeling the shared energy of the live music experience into organized action , we can galvanize the music community into an influential force . Through this, we can be on the forefront of positive change.
- Chris Reed
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