This issue of Music Worker is different, reflecting the urgency of the moment. As artists, activists, and Americans, we are deeply concerned about the direction of our country. The current admistration and Congress have demonstrated that their values are profoundly at odds with ours — and we simply cannot stay silent.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the November 6th elections. If we want the next two years to be different than the last, Congress has to change. Every single thing we do between now and election day matters. And as part of doing all we can to bring about that change, we’ve put together this special “Vote Like Hell” edition of our newsletter.
In the midst of so much political turmoil, it’s easy to feel powerless. It’s natural to be burnt out, exhausted, and overwhelmed.
Don’t give in. Don’t give up.
We have to remember what’s at stake and keep going. That’s why one of our board members, CAKE’s John McCrea, launched Vote Like Hell. John, and all of us, implore you to vote, volunteer, donate, and drag your friends to the polls. Give it everything you have to impact change this November.
We want to inspire you to act with this issue. In it, you’ll hear from multiple c3 board members: You’ll learn more about Vote Like Hell, read about and listen to election day inspired music from Rosanne Cash, Maggie Vail, and John McCrea’s band CAKE (with their first new music since 2011!), and take a deep dive into the future of tech in music with Matthew Montfort.
We hope you finish reading this edition feeling motivated, hopeful, and eager to get involved in your community ahead of the November 6th elections. We hope the first thing you will do with that renewed spirit is share this newsletter with everyone in your contacts.
Change in this country has never come easy and too often we take two steps forward but three steps back. But this election is a chance to leap — towards justice, fairness, equality, and all the values we hold dearest that have been desecrated in the past two years.
The most vulnerable among us are under attack. That’s why we’re voting like hell. We hope you’ll join us.