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Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

On Tuesday, September 23rd, we celebrate National Voter Registration Day. HeadCount has been a part of creating this “holiday,” which is now officially endorsed by the National Association of Secretary of States. Read More

HeadCount at Ten: 2010, Getting Creative for the Midterms

HeadCount at Ten: 2010, Getting Creative for the Midterms

The story of HeadCount has always been the story of an organization looking for new and better ways to keep the music community engaged in politics. While 2009 saw expansion into the world of blogging and issue advocacy, 2010 was the year that HeadCount really got creative. The year was marked by two highly successful projects that had little to do with elections—The “Bisco Power Mission” solar panel installation, and the “Music For Action” climate initiative. It finished with two others that got the vote out in high-profile ways, with board member Bob Weir personally calling hundreds of fans to coax them to the polls, and Jay-Z appearing on a HeadCount-produced television commercial.  Read More

The Facts About “Dropoff Voters”

The Facts About “Dropoff Voters”

In 2008, about half (48.5 %) of Americans age 18 to 24 turned out to vote. Two years later, only 21.3 percent showed up (Source, US Census 2008, 2010). Read More

Wilco, Cap Theatre and Ticketfly Get Behind HeadCount

Wilco, Cap Theatre and Ticketfly Get Behind HeadCount

Wilco is playing the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Oct. 28th and 29th, and will donate a portion of ticket sales to HeadCount. The Cap and Ticketfly agreed to match the donation. Read More

What I’m Listening To: Melissa Brennan, Washington D.C.

What I’m Listening To: Melissa Brennan, Washington D.C.

HeadCount has teamed up with Grain Audio to spread good music with great sound. Our top “Team Leaders” from around the country are all receiving free Grain Audio PWS units, and will share a few words here about their favorite music and musical experiences. Read More

Participation Row is Coming to Phases of the Moon

Participation Row is Coming to Phases of the Moon

Heard about Phases of the Moon? It’s a new festival in Danville, IL (Sept 11 – 14) that will feature String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, The Tedeschi Trucks Band and… Participation Row. Read More

Capitol Community Hits Cleveland

Capitol Community Hits Cleveland

A HeadCount staffer joined the 10 teachers chosen as the 2014 Capitol Community Fund scholarship recipients as they hit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, OH! Read More

We’ll Miss You, Rommel

We’ll Miss You, Rommel

I first heard Rommel Beckles’ name after HeadCount worked the JAY Z/Beyonce show in Atlanta. Read More

Viewpoint: Improving Campus Sexual Assault Policies Must Become a Priority

Viewpoint: Improving Campus Sexual Assault Policies Must Become a Priority

When the White House releases a PSA featuring Obama, Biden, and a bunch of famous actors lamenting that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college, you know something serious is up. While rape comes in different forms, the college campus rape story is starting to sound familiar: a victim, usually but not exclusively a female freshman, gets raped at a party or on a date, sometimes to the knowledge of unsympathetic peers, reports the rape to the school administration (sometimes with hesitation due to lack of information), faces harassment and mockery from peers, administrators, or even campus police, drops the case due to unfair processing or pressure from the school, loses friends, and eventually leaves school. Meanwhile, the rapist may attack again, as most are repeat offenders, yet goes on to happily graduate with his class. Read More

Music Saves (More) Lives (Than You Know)

Music Saves (More) Lives (Than You Know)

Earlier this month, I worked with Music Saves Lives and New Jersey Blood Services at their annual community blood drive at Freehold, New Jersey’s Raceway Mall. Music Saves Lives, like HeadCount, works through music to drive involvement in good causes. By connecting “the music and entertainment we all love to life-saving community action,” they’ve been able to reach millions. And their mission is simple: educate people about the importance of blood donation, the bone marrow registry, and other life-saving causes. Read More

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.