Do you want to join other poets MUSICIANS, SINGERS AND SONGWRITERS around the USA and across the planet in a demonstration/celebration of MUSIC to promote serious social, environmental, and political change?
100 Thousand Musicians for Change Day will take place in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change Day on September 29th, 2012.
This past September 24th, 2011 100 Thousand Poets for Change was initiated and the result was the largest poetry reading in history. For September 29th, 2012 we invite Musicians to join in the celebration/demonstration to let the world know we have a voice and we care about the future of the planet.
If you would like to organize an event in your community, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org“What kind of CHANGE are we talking about?”
The first order of change is for MUSICIANS, SINGERS, SONGWRITERS, poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.
And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on.
It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the “change/transformation” we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.
“I want to organize in my area. How do we begin to organize?”
100 Thousand MUSICIANS for Change will organize “participants” by local region, city, or state, and find individuals in each area who would like to organize their local event. Just let me know if you want to be an organizer by sending a personal message to me directly through Facebook, or to my e-mail: email@example.com.
If you are an organizer for your community this means that first you will consider a location for the event and begin to contact people in your area who want to participate in the event. Participation means PUTTING ON CONCERTS, MUSICAL FESTIVALS, WORKSHOPS, FUNDRAISERS, any kind of music related event, in a coffee shop or in an arena, drum circles, song fests, symphonies, marches, intimate performance in local community centers or public expression on the streets, performing in general, and of course contacting the media, posting the event on the web, in calendars, newspapers, etc., supplying cupcakes and beer (it’s up to you), putting up an information table for your cause(s), inviting guest speakers, etc., and cleaning up, of course. And also documenting the event through video, audio, etc.,(this is important, too).
Organizers and participants will create their own local event as an expression of who they are locally. Do they want a parade, choir, candlelight vigil or a circus, a march or a dance, on a main street or in a private setting; it’s up to the local organization. However, groups should be sure to hold some part of the event, if not all of it, outdoors, in public view. (however holding your event outdoors is not required).
It is also important that the event be documented. Videos, recordings, photos, journals, paintings! Documentation is crucial. The rest of the 100 Thousand MUSICIANS for Change want to hear what you have to say though your music about change! The documentation will be shared through our website at www.100tpc.org, a place where you can post event information, as well as audio, photos, videos, poetry, art, and thoughts. But an event doesn’t have to involve tons of people. It can be just you (the organizer) and your guitar, on a street corner, with a sign. Just let me know what you are planning! Every effort counts!
Each local organization determines what it wants to focus on, something broad like, peace, sustainability, justice, equality, or more specific causes like Health Care, or Freedom of Speech, or local environmental or social concerns that need attention in your particular area right now, etc. Organizations will then come up with a mission statement/manifesto or song that describes who they are and what they think and care about. When the whole event has taken place all the mission statements can be collected from around the world and, I hope, worked together into a grand statement of 100 Thousand MUSICIANS for Change.
Thank you for joining us!
Important Note: with heartfelt thanks to Playing For Change for their altruism in the world.
Playing For Change is not affiliated with the BigBridge dot Org 100,000 musicians for change initiative of 29 Sept 2012. Chan6es has used creative licence to share the one love tune in support of the change efforts of musicians everywhere.
http://playingforchange.com - From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes an incredible rendition of the legendary Bob Marley song "One Love" with Keb' Mo' and Manu Chao. This is the third video from the documentary and a follow up to the classic "Stand By Me" and the incredible "Don't Worry." Released in celebration of Bob Marley's birthday on February 6, is a tribute to Bob's legend.
Order the CD/DVD Playing For Change Songs Around The World by clicking on the Chan6es music widget below the grey MP3's and above categories on the right hand side of this page.