Trump plays Neil Young and R.E.M., and then Kim Davis & Mike Huckabee play Survivor--all without permission from the artists or rights holders. Will politicians ever learn to ask first? Probably not. So here’s what artists can do.
August 29th is the 10th anniversary of Katrina and the levee failure that flooded New Orleans. Here are two things that you can do to mark the moment 10 years later and encourage your fans to take action.
One of the creative ways that musicians responded to the events surrounding Katrina and the levee failure that flooded New Orleans was through song—recording tributes to raise money for rebuilding or to speak out against the atrocious mishandling of the situation by the US government.
In order to convey the urgency of the climate change crisis, new voices, stories, and strategies are needed. Artists are uniquely poised to contribute to this with their creativity, communication skills, and unparalleled reach into communities.
As one of RPM’s New Orleans partners, GRN has been a part of the Artist Lab retreats we’ve done there since early 2010–bringing artists to see the wetlands on boats and airplanes, and giving issue briefings on the phone, in person, and backstage.
From the earliest moments of Katrina and the levee failure in New Orleans until today, musicians have been a huge part of the response. Since 2006, RPM has brought artists to New Orleans through our Artist Labs program.