Artists Rally With Freemuse For Imprisoned Iranian Musician

Iranian musician Arya Aramnejad was recently sentenced to three months in prison because of his song Ali Barkhiz. In a letter to the Iranian authorities, numerous artists are joining Freemuse, the leading international organisation which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide, to express deep concern about the continuous persecution of their colleague, asking [...]

Concert To End Poverty

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Global Poverty Project is hosting a “Global Festival” in Central Park. The “Concert To End Poverty” will feature artists including Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, K’naan, Band of Horses and many more. Check it out on their website. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Carnegie Council on The Evolution of Occupy

Julia Taylor Kennedy at the Carnegie Council forEthics in International Affairs speaks with Karanja Gaçuça, Diego Ibanez, Jamie Kemmerer, and difrent: founder Stephan Said about Occupy’s successes and failures, and visions for the future of social change activism. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Chris Hedges popular interview on Occupy Wall Street

The award winning journalist in this video at OWS posted by munderlarkst.  No comment really necessary hear. It’s worth hearing what he has to say, and beautiful to see him become emotional at the end thinking about the future he hopes it will help change for the better for his children. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: [...]

Jeff Sachs at OWS on the need for systemic change

Arman Rousta captured Jeff Sachs at OWS. Sachs is one of many economists who has for over 15 years uncovered the inherent relationship between equal economic and social opportunity, development, human rights, freedom and democracy. At difrent: we believe bringing voices like his and others at the institutional and academic level together with musicians and [...]

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Malian Artists Unite In Song For Peace with Fatoumata Diawara

Spread this just out track by Fatoumata Diawara and numerous Malian artists including Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré , Oumou Sangare, Habib Koité, and Toumani Diabate who at this troubled time in their country are raising the voice of peace. Because of their deep tradition of music as a force for social unity and leadership, [...]

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 [...]

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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: 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.

We the World
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.
Air Traffic Control

Air Traffic Control believes in the power of music, the influence of musicians, and the ability that music fans have to make social change. They exist to support and provide musicians and managers who want to be engaged in social change the resources and backing they need to make change.


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