About HeadCount

HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

What does HeadCount do?

We stage voter registration drives at concerts and run programs that translate the power of music into real action. By reaching young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – we make civic participation easy and fun. For the full picture of our recent work, check out our Annual Report.

What has HeadCount pulled off already?

We’ve registered over 300,000 voters since 2004, and built a huge volunteer network that registers voters at as many as as 1,000 concerts a year. You’ll find us at more live music events than any non-profit in the world. But it doesn’t end there. We’ve produced themed concerts, network TV public service announcements, and award-winning digital media campaigns starring the likes of Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and members of The Grateful Dead. A list of our most popular projects can be found here.

How does HeadCount work?

We have volunteer street teams in most major cities. We also work with over 100 festivals, concerts venues, partners and touring musicians (see box on right) who provide access to their events and fans. HeadCount trains the volunteers, sets them up with concerts in their city, and provides all the materials and support needed to stage effective local campaigns. All over the country, almost every night of the week, we’ve got volunteers at concerts registering voters and rallying other music fans to take control of our democracy.

Who makes it happen?

Our board of directors includes Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead and many music and political heavyweights. They oversee a small fulll-time staff based in New York City. But the engine of HeadCount is really volunteers. Thousands of amazing people, coast-to-coast, forming a unique and tight-knit community of socially-conscious music fans. Check out our Who’s Who or Testimonial page to see their photos, bios and words.

What do HeadCount volunteers do?

Some register voters at concerts. Others go a step further and take on leadership roles. What we’re most proud of is that our volunteers consistently get noticed for their outstanding work ethic and abilities. More than a dozen have landed full-time jobs with some of our partners! And all our volunteers get to see lots of shows and meet cool people who share a love of music and democracy. Visit our volunteer page if you’d like to sign up!

HeadCount provides voter registration assistance on a strictly nonpartisan basis to any U.S. citizen age 18 or over without regard to political affiliation, race, religion, or age. HeadCount does not endorse, support or coordinate with any political party or candidates for elected office, or take positions on any ballot initiatives.