In a recent article, Louisville Magazine talked to Joan Shelley, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, Jack Hedges of Canvasback Music and Secretly Group about how Revolutions Per Minute has helped them support causes they care about.
By raising money and awareness, you are not only generating financial support that would otherwise be unavailable, you are introducing your fans to important work they can get involved with in their own hometowns. Whether you're adding $1 to every ticket you sell on tour, dedicating the proceeds of a merch item or releasing a song, RPM can help you pull it off.
Together, the music industry can generate some essential support for organizations that aren’t in the national spotlight. It is through these organizations that we are supporting a deep and agile movement that recognizes the connections across issues. Invite those you know to get involved.
How is that different from a 501c3? A 501c3 nonprofit organization has to largely restrict their lobbying efforts or risk losing their tax status. 501c4's can engage in an unlimited amount of lobbying, as long as the issues relate to the exempt purposes of the organization.
Using the Tibetan Freedom Concerts as a case study, the following information is meant as a guide to help determine if a benefit concert is the best way to contribute to the cause you care about and outline the process for assessing the feasibility.
Below are organizations working to address the immediate needs (reunification efforts, humanitarian aid, legal services, etc), mobilize communities (organizing frontline communities and allies to make local change with national impact) and make systemic change (work to reform immigration policies that lead to the crisis we’re facing today).