Trends in Music and Society

Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk

The HeadCount blog is a forum for our community where we welcome all opinions and perspectives. 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.  I was at a retreat about four years ago and we were…

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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…

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Loving Advice to Kanye West Before his 2020 Presidential Run

One thing I have learned from my experience interning with Headcount is that it truly is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process. It is important if you care about the political system to vote. That being said, there are many people who I love who still did not vote. One of those…

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Interview: Patrick Hawco, Veteran and Founder of Electric Forces

Electric Forest was an exceptional experience for HeadCount this year and I had the privilege of being the Team Leader for the event. Over the course of the four-day festival our team registered nearly 500 people to vote, had countless inspirational interactions, and marked the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage with 40,000 of our closest friends. One of…

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CMJ Day 2: Music + Social Change — It’s good for the soul!

Our Outreach Director gives us an update from CMJ, which is not only a marathon of music, but is also rich in panels discussing trends and ideas that are taking hold in the music world. Today, she checked in with what some of our allies in the “music for social good” scene are working on.

CMJ Day 1: The Future of Festivals is in the Experience

Our Director of Artist Relations takes on day 1 of CMJ, and gains some insights about the past, present, and future of music festivals as they explode in popularity.

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Viewpoint: Trayvon Martin and the Failure of Self-Defense

George Zimmerman’s acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin has one blogger asking interesting questions about acts of self-defense.

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Amanda Palmer to Headline Benefit Concert for Sandy-Devastated Mermaid Parade

Hurricane Sandy threatened to end this beloved NYC tradition. Amanda Palmer and a popular Kickstarter campaign won’t let that happen.

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Free Concert Tix for Good (Global) Citizens

What if taking action online to end global poverty earned you free concert tix? Global Citizen is making that a reality.

Deadheads Get Organized to Keep Jerry Garcia’s Name On Venue

Jerry Garcia gets a venue bar named after him just as Deadheads unit to keep his name on another venue in San Francisco. Plus, other places named for musicians we love.

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