HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy and social consciousness. Visit HeadCount.org to learn more, or volunteer to register voters at concerts.
Get ready. On Election Day, more than 300 entertainers will go on social media and post photos of themselves urging their fans to “#GoVote.”
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HeadCount organized this because - let's face it - the candidates aren't very inspiring this year. Midterm elections will have a huge impact on policy and our everyday lives, and they're predicting record-low turnout. So we're doing our part and calling on every American to do their part. And we enlisted some famous friends to get the message out there.
We've got some amazing TV personalities in the campaign - Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter. There are more funny people - Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, "Weird Al Yankovic," George Lopez, TJ Sweeney and Margaret Cho. And of course, musicians. Lots of them. Our old friends like Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio, Jack Johnson, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Jeff Tweedy (along side his son Spencer and Nick Offerman), Jason Mraz, and Warren Haynes. Every member of the Grateful Dead including our board member Bob Weir. Our founder and co-chair Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, and board member John McCrea of CAKE.
There are some iconic names like Chaka Khan, Gregg Allman, Ben & Jerry, Perez Hilton, Russell Simmons, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Some huge arena rock stars like Linkin Park and Fergie. There's John Legend, and Moby, and T.I., Chance the Rapper, Esperanza Spalding and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones and Chanel West Coast.
Crazy list, huh?
Each post on Twitter and Facebook will include a link to www.headcount.org/govote where voters can find the most comprehensive election information hub on the internet - including a polling place finder, ID requirements, and what’s on each ballot.
The campaign also includes many of the artists who are with us night in and night out across America, like STS9, Neko Case, The Head and the Heart, Galactic, Rise Against, Big Gigantic, moe., Michael Kang from String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, O.A.R., Tedeschi Trucks, Les Claypool, Umphrey's McGee, Michael Franti, Andrew Bird, The Antlers, Drive-By-Truckers, Revivalists, The Indigo Girls, Lotus, Cornmeal, The Antlers, The Wood Brothers, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, Trampled by Turtles, Beats Antique, Portugal. The Man, Bassnectar, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes, G. Love, and Greensky Bluegrass (all bands we worked with this year to register voters at their concerts).
The campaign is part of a broader #GoVote effort that includes multiple organizations and hundreds of works by visual artists, featured on the partner website www.govote.org. HeadCount curated art from several top rock poster artists for the musicians and entertainers to pose with.
Big thanks on that front to artists Jim Pollock, Luke Wessman, Tripp Shealy, Gwen AP, David Welker, AJ Masthay, Jamie Huntsman, Anthem Branding, Kyle Griffis and Hannah Snider, whose work appears in the musicians' hands.
Props as well to The Culture Group (especially Yosi Sergant and Erin Potts), which came up with the whole idea for the #GoVote art series, long before HeadCount got involved. Definitely check out GoVote.org and some of the awesome artwork.
And a huge thanks to Witstream, Cause-Effect Agency, Niche, Bart Coleman, Christein Aromando, Michael Skolnik, iCitizen, everyone at FitzGibbon Media, as well as all the festival promoters who allowed us to shoot photos backstage, photographers (especially Dave Vann, Dino Perucci and Jay Blakesberg). More big props to our board of directors including Don Strasburg, Peter Shapiro, Jonathan Levine and Patrick Jordan, as well as HeadCounters Jane Henderson, Macy Nix, Abby Brazina, Chris Reed, Jaime Moreland, and Jarid Blumenthal, and all our volunteers, interns and staff.
The participants in this campaign have over 350 million social media followers in total. If we can just get a few more of them out to vote, we really can make a difference - and maybe even be THE difference in some close elections.