Air Traffic Control and Future of Music Coalition

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

Air Traffic Control and Future of Music Coalition

Although sound may be at the heart of musicians’ art, their voices are often muted in policy conversations about issues vital to their creative work and industry.
 
Two Arts & Culture grantees, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Future of Music Coalition (FMC), are working together to formalize a network of engaged musicians interested in enacting change in the world through strategic policy work, philanthropy and by mobilizing their audiences. Their goal is to challenge the way social justice movements engage artists by nurturing their network to become powerful and effective advocates and philanthropists. Resources, information and support from ATC and FMC have helped hundreds of bands and musicians, including Pearl Jam and OK Go, use their music to increase the capacity of campaigns tackling issues such as health care reform, civic participation, immigration reform, and climate change.
 
This summer, ATC and FMC hosted their 8th annual activist artist retreat in New Orleans. The convening brings musicians from around the country to The Big Easy to build relationships with the city and its community leaders, and to participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work and music. The gathering also features a benefit concert to raise money to support and sustain the region’s unique musical and cultural traditions, as well as protect environmental and community resources. This year’s concert featured Elvis Perkins (pictured), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Spank Rock, and Thao Nguyen (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) among others.
 
To learn more about Air Traffic Control and Future of Music Coalition, please check out their websites:
atctower.net
futureofmusic.org