The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970, launching the modern environmental movement in the US. Becoming a global event in 1990, Earth Day is now the largest civic observance in the world, with more than a billion people participating each year.
Cross-posted from the Pandora blog
Are you registered to vote? No? Not sure? Well, Lil Dicky, Big Gigantic, Dispatch, The National, Phil Lesh, and a host of others are helping make sure you are. We are teaming up with your favorite artists and HeadCount.org to make sure everyone can have their voices heard this Election Day, from registering to vote to finding your polling place.
Why HeadCount? Since its founding, HeadCount.org has worked with hundreds of artists to help get the word out about the importance of voting. The first part of this campaign will focus on voter registration. Then, beginning in mid-October when voter registration deadlines have passed, the campaign will switch to helping ensure people make it to the polls.
These non-partisan messages will be delivered through a combination of artist audio messages and a broader awareness campaign encouraging voter participation. Through these personal audio messages, Pandora is providing artists with another avenue to connect directly with their fans where we know they are – on their stations, listening to their music. More artists will be added as we get closer to November.
What does this mean for you? You already listen to Pandora wherever and whenever you want, and we will be using HeadCount.org’s new HelloVote mobile voter registration platform, meaning you can now register in the same way – in less than a minute. Click the link when you hear a message and choose how you want to register – on the web, or even via text message and Facebook Messenger.
Hear a message, click the link, and get registered – it couldn’t be easier. With HeadCount.org, we are making it easy to make sure your voice is heard.
Summer is coming to an end which unfortunately means that our two incredible Ticketfly interns are heading back to college. Interns are usually known for fetching coffee and making copies, but not only did our interns never find the copier, the only coffee they’ve had to get was their own. Before they head back to school, we had a chance to hear first-hand about their summer projects, and life at the ‘fly as the new guys.
When Mai Oseto joined the product team at Ticketfly last year, she learned that Flyers get 3 days of volunteer time off (VTO). She instantly knew how she was going to use it. Back when Mai first moved to San Francisco from Hawaii, she was introduced to Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC). The organization and concept immediately reminded her of “Girls Rock!,” a documentary about a rock and roll camp for girls in Portland. The rest is rock history. Continue reading
AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer took place a little over two weeks ago here in the Bay Area and Alex, a member of our Marketing Services team, was decked out in pink as he powered through the two-day event. The 39-mile walk spanned Fort Mason to Marin (via the Golden Gate Bridge) and back again. This year, there were over 2,000 walkers of all ages and backgrounds, all with their own reasons for participating. Some were survivors, some were family members and friends of people who have battled the disease. This was Alex’s second year walking in the Avon Walk and likely won’t be his last as the cause is particularly close to his heart. Continue reading
We are stoked that Chicago rock band, Wilco, will make its Capitol Theatre debut this October for two of only a few stops on their U.S. fall tour. Billed as “An evening with Wilco,” the no-opener shows will feature songs from every part of the band’s incredible career.
As if you needed another reason to go, your ticket will also help support a great cause – driving voter turnout for the mid-term elections this November. In an awesome collaboration between Wilco, the Capitol Theatre, and Ticketfly, we’ll be donating a portion of each ticket sale to HeadCount’s #GoVote campaign.
HeadCount is a non-partisan non-profit that stages voter registration at concerts and festivals around the country. Its impact is huge: in 2012, it registered more than 100,000 voters before the Obama-Romney election. Participating in democracy through voting is critical to building the society we want to live in. HeadCount wants to make sure you’re signed up to make your voice heard!
We are running a big “get-out-the-vote” initiative in the next two months, and every dollar translates into more people at the polls. These donations will make a huge difference as we gear up for the November elections.
– Andy Bernstein, HeadCount Executive Director
These events also have some extra special meaning to the band. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s son, Spencer (with whom he’s been touring all summer), will be eligible to vote for the first time this year.
Two of Obama’s closest confidants, Deputy Chief of Staff, Alyssa Mastromonaco and Chief of Staff, Pete Rouse (above, right), have retired from the White House and will be kicking off a new gig that merges both politics AND music. Mastromonaco and Rouse will join Ticketfly’s CEO Andrew Dreskin, among others, on the board at HeadCount, a non-profit that motivates people to register to vote at major music festivals and concerts.
Bob Weir, former front man of the Grateful Dead, also sits on the board, and personally asked Mastromonaco and Rouse to join HeadCount over a dinner at The Hamilton (a Ticketfly partner with killer cuisine), just blocks away from the White House.
“Alyssa and Pete have deep experience in mobilizing young voters. That’s our job here.” – Bob Weir
In their 10th year, HeadCount has registered over 300,000 people, regardless of party (or music preference). This summer, volunteers will trek out to Jay Z and Beyoncé’s joint ‘On The Run’ tour and additional concerts to register even more music fans.
HeadCount is an organization that marries music with politics and brings people together to make change. Ten years ago today, Andy Bernstein and Marc Brownstein (bassist of the Disco Biscuits) started HeadCount to take action into their own hands and move the music scene.
“I was working as a sportswriter at the time and doing an interview, when the subject turned to the state of the world and how messed up it was… Then it hit me. If I could just get people to vote who attended the same concerts I did, that’s a difference I could personally make. I emailed Marc [Brownstein] with the idea and he got right back to me with two words: ‘I’m in.’” – HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein
What started as an idea sparked a movement. HeadCount now has volunteers all across the nation encouraging music fans at concerts (from DMB to Phish) to register to vote, right then and there. Before the 2012 election, HeadCount had registered over 48,500 voters by the deadline. No other volunteer-led organization in the U.S. came even close to that total. These guys deserve major recognition for influencing so many people to vote and ushering real change in our country.
At Ticketfly, we’re pretty competitive — and not just about selling tickets. We have a quarterly ping pong tournament, a Halloween costume contest, and plans are in the works for the nastiest Ugly Sweater contest any holiday party has ever seen (not to mention an awesome band will be performing, but shhh — it’s a surprise). For Halloween, instead of bingeing on high fructose corn syrup, we kicked off a company-wide “Walk This Way” contest.
We gave the entire company Fitbits — a cool little pedometers you wear on your arm or belt to track your steps during the day — and will be tracking the team’s steps all month. When the clock strikes noon on November 30th, a winner (and winning team) will be revealed. Winners will be given tickets to the highly anticipated ’49ers v. Seahawks game, or the Warriors home game of their choice (I told you we like competitions!).
The competition is just starting to heat up. Team members from Marketing, Sales, and Finance are currently at the top of the leaderboard, but anything is possible. I’m personally fighting for those Warriors tickets (Go Curry!).