In these times of significant unrest and disruption, we believe it's more important than ever to focus not on what divides us but on what unites us. Music is a powerful tool with the unique ability to bridge cultural divides and bring people and communities together. Government policies that restrict musicians' ability to travel and cross borders blocks the free flow of people and ideas, a concept at the very foundation of a democratic society. Such policies also inhibit the development of mutual understanding and respect between diverse populations, and cause significant economic disruption to the artists, presenters, and communities where performances are planned.
Stand in solidarity with our international music community as we reaffirm the importance of artist mobility by using the #MusicUnites when:
Why are we doing this?
globalFEST believes it is critical for our community to come together to take action and shed light on the issues around artists' ability to travel in response to the U.S. executive order banning refugees, visa holders, visitors, and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. As a service organization for the global music community, we view this as a crucial part of our work. We are making no claims over the phrase #MusicUnites and anyone who wants do a musical action with this hashtag should feel free to join the campaign. The #MusicUnites campaign is not intended for commercial purposes. Will you join us?
Sample Tweets to get you started:
(Insert artist) are killing it Joe's Pub tonight! #MusicUnites
I support musicians from Syria! #MusicUnites
Or use one of these pre-written tweets to encourage folks to share their story about how music unites us!
Right now it's more important than ever to focus on what unites us, not what divides us. Tell us how #MusicUnites YOU!
#MusicUnites us beyond borders. Come together in solidarity with artists around the world and tell us how music unites YOU!
Add to our #MusicUnites collaborative playlist on Spotify!