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Sept 21. Dedication to the Howard Zinn Room, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, MD

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Oct. 3-4 Future Of Music Coalition Summit

FMC’s annual summit is the place to be for artists, producers, journalists, and social change organizations at the forefront of technology. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Oct. 13, 9pm, The Living Room, NYC difrent: CD Release Party!

Thursday, Oct. 13, 9pm at The Living Room, NYC. difrent: CD release party! Ticket sales to be announced soon! 154 Ludlow St. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Nov. 7, Peace is Possible, Capitale NYC

Auburn hosts it’s annual celebration of worldwide youth inter-faith peace leaders.

Sept. 10-12, Interdependence Day Worldwide 2011, NYC

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Let Fury Have The Hour – see this film

Let Fury Have The Hour is Antonino D’Ambrosio‘s new film following the history of counter-cultural “creative response” from the 1980′s to the present. The film opened this weekend in NYC and will be showing in theaters in 15 cities across the country, after receiving rave reviews at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. It retraces the [...]

Mercy! Dave Matthews Releases Video for Voter Registration campaign

Dave Matthews Band has just released a version of the video to their new single “Mercy” to promote voter registration. Mercy, with it’s lyrics searching for global reprieve and redemption, is the first single from the band’s new album, ‘Away From The World,’ out this September 11. The video for Mercy was crowd sourced from [...]

Gaga for Gandhi – Music For Social Change On the Rise

Over the past couple years, artists, labels, social change movements and development organizations, including governments, have realized the potential of music as a vehicle for empowering, funding, and increasing capacity for initiatives. Reaching a mass audience that’s turned away from the monopolized, cookie cutter music served up by an industry which is falling apart and [...]

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difrent: has a clear mission, to be the world’s leading source for music and culture for social change, featuring artists and organizations who are making a better world. Our aim is to help galvanize a positive movement that’s FOR something, not against, one that we can take to scale for the change we need to [...]

Egyptian singer receives 2011 Freemuse Award

Ramy Essam, known for his role in the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011.

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Sandy Hook Students Record ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’

  In a beautiful and moving response to the shootings at their own school last month, 21 young students from Sandy Hook Elementary and another school in Newtown, Connecticut came together to record “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with the help of singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of The Talking Heads and Tom [...]

Pakistan: Music For Education Initiatives

While we work on upcoming program in Pakistan, we’re pleased to see this article come out in today’s DAWN News service on music and cultural events being used to fund and promote educational initiatives in the country. Check it out here! jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Artists & Changemakers Unite to be difrent: Music & Culture 4 the Global Generation

Vusi Mahlasela, Pete Seeger, Warren Haynes, Amadou and Mariam, and more join Stephan Said to build difrent: a one-stop for music and culture for social change to unite movements worldwide in a new model for music that promotes initiatives making a better world on a constant basis.  Sign-Up, join us on Facebook, Twitter, suggest artists, thinkers, initiatives for us [...]

Graham Nash and David Crosby at Occupy Wall Street

Graham Nash and David Crosby showed up yesterday at Occupy Wall Street and sang “Teach Your Children.” Best sound heard of anyone of them out there so far. Another great video from our friend Sandi Bachom. Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/444Z2MilczI jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodriguez, Stephan Said, Tom Chapin “This Little Light”

A video by Sandi Bachom now going viral of more than a thousand gathered n Columbus Circle joining together to sing and play “This Little Light of Mine” just past midnite July 22, 2011. SInce it first went up, the videos been forwarded through the Occupy movement, and used by sites from AP to CNBC. jQuery(document).ready(function($) [...]

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September 21 – International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. With Peace Day the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.

Future of Music Coalition

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

FREEMUSE – Freedom of Musical Expression

FREEMUSE – THE WORLD FORUM ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP is an independent international organisation which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. FREEMUSE was born of the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship held in Copenhagen in November 1998.

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We is a 501c3 non-profit organization that forms international networks of collaboration. They produce and promote events and programs to increase public awareness and action about critical societal issues such as violence, poverty and ecological damage.
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