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Ariana Grande Channeling George Harrison

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Ariana Grande hosted One Love Manchester, a benefit concert supporting the families of victims that lost their lives in the Manchester bombing, raising around $3 million. Throughout the night, Grande pushed a message of oneness, togetherness, and took to social media to eloquently state that “we will not quit or…

Posted in Music and Activism

Beyond The White House: 2017 Races To Watch

Although 2017 can be considered an “off year” in terms of federal elections, there are several that are garnering fairly significant national attention. A couple of gubernatorial races in powerful states (Virginia + New Jersey) could re-shape the political landscape, a handful of special elections left to fill Congressional seats vacated by President Trump’s cabinet appointments…

Posted in Politics and Elections

Liar Liar GE2017 Brings Protest Music Back to the Charts

Liar Liar GE2017 is a fiercely anti-establishment anthem that has hit number 1 on iTunes’ UK charts despite being banned by the state-run BBC radio network. This takeoff is in large part due to the fact that “People are fed up with this government” according to the song’s creator Captain SKA. Many people are familiar…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Meet John Mayer’s Veterans Charity at Dead & Co.

Layer by layer, fans of Dead & Company are learning more about John Mayer. On Sunday, they’ll get a first-hand look at his philanthropic side. The Veterans Health and Integration Program, (VHIP) a non-profit collaborative with Bay Area leaders in veterans health, was founded by John Mayer in 2011. They’ll be at Dead & Company’s…

Posted in Participation Row

Rob Quist, Jon Fishman Continue Tradition of Musician Politicians

There’s this stereotype that a law degree is a bit of a pre-requisite for serving in public office. But that certainly isn’t a requirement. Rand Paul was an optometrist before running for office. Rush Holt Jr. was a rocket scientist. Our current president even was a reality TV personality before his decision to serve the…

Posted in Politics and Elections, Music and Activism

NON-PROFITS WANTED: Participation Row is Coming to Newport

Attention non-profit organizations: Two of the coolest, most scenic and historic music festivals in the world want to welcome you to their hallowed grounds. HeadCount is teaming up with the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival to organize a Participation Row social action village at each festival. To apply or for more information, click…

Posted in Participation Row, News

D’Angelico Guitars Unveiled for Dead & Company Summer Tour 2017

These may be the best ones yet! D’Angelico Guitars and HeadCount unveiled a new set of one-of-a-kind, hand-painted guitars for the Dead & Company Summer Tour 2017, to support the Participation Row social action village. These five specialty axes will be signed by every member of the band and auctioned at various stops on the…

Posted in Participation Row, News

Making an Impact with AFROPUNK

Recently I had the incredible opportunity to put on what might have been the coolest event I’ve ever helped put on with HeadCount: a STAY WOKE letter-writing party with our friends from AFROPUNK. I woke up early on Sunday, May 7th, packed a car full of HeadCount supplies (I had to forgo a sausage egg…

The Power of Your Vote: North Carolina’s Rejected Voting Laws

The HeadCount blog is an open forum where all opinions are welcome. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing [email protected] This commentary reflects only the views of the author and not of the HeadCount organization.  Sometimes your vote really counts. Yesterday I got to see that in action in my home state…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

People Are Flipping Out Over Trump’s New Voting Integrity Commission

Yesterday President Trump announced an executive order creating a new voting integrity commission to look into voter fraud and voter suppression, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. Protecting voter integrity is surely a good thing. And in some pockets, people are cheering the President’s move. Breitbart News did an exclusive interview  with the commission’s controversial…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform