About Us

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About Us

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Music Is Not Free is an organization that was born from the great music organization, Sunfest  which is based in London, Ontario, Canada. 

Our founders were inspired to create Music Is Not Free  after attending a conference in Las Palmas, where Mai Khoi spoke about censorship, and the musicians around the world who faced persecution for releasing music with unifying messages. 

Help us create a sustainable crowdfunded concert series to organize and facilitate calls to action, to mobilize the individuals who care most, and to get these individuals in the same room with artists and keynote speakers who have the same visions for change.

The subscription is pay what you can, any contribution goes a long way when we contribute together. 100% of the funds raised go towards putting on these events.

Our events are always free to attend, while the artists who perform at them will always be paid fair and deserving wages.

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“Music can be a distraction and an escape. Sometimes a welcome escape. You need it. But music can also serve a very important social function because music can do things that mere prose, mere ordinary political agitation can‘t do.” – Howard Zinn
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Climate

Our planet is undergoing drastic climate changes. The facts are staggering and we must act now to help curb these disturbing trends. Climate Change is being accelerated by human activities and we need to draft new strategies for the 21st century and beyond.

Food

As the climate changes, and land-use moves towards more commercialized functions, food and the ability to feed our planet is becoming more difficult. This can be hard to understand for those in the western world because our access to food sources seems easy and ever-available. The reality is, that hundreds of million people around the world do not know where their next meal is going to come from.

Food

As the climate changes, and land-use moves towards more commercialized functions, food and the ability to feed our planet is becoming more difficult. This can be hard to understand for those in the western world because our access to food sources seems easy and ever-available. The reality is, that hundreds of million people around the world do not know where their next meal is going to come from.

Education

Studies have shown that access to education is one of the most important factors for stabilizing emerging economies, and reducing conflict around the globe. Unfortunately, millions of children around the world have seen funding for education slashed drastically by governments and aid agencies, or do not have access to education at ll. The western world is no exception. 

We believe that all children, regardless of gender, socioeconomic reality, or geography deserve access to education.

Society

True progress is multi-faceted.

To move forward and create a sustainable future for the next generation and the generations that follow, we need to address all of these aspects now. Climate is closely linked to food supplies. Food supplies are intertwined with responsible and smart land-use. Conflict and lack of education are almost always tied together. If we want to make the changes we want to see, we have to be prepared to fight for it on all fronts.

The interconnectivity of these issues should be addressed with the interconnectivity of us, as citizens, as audiences and caretakers of this planet. Historically, music is one of the most powerful and unifying forces we have at our disposal. It makes sense to come together through it, to organize and activate our networks. 

[Music] has the power to move people, towards solutions.

Society

True progress is multi-faceted.

To move forward and create a sustainable future for the next generation and the generations that follow, we need to address all of these aspects now. Climate is closely linked to food supplies. Food supplies are intertwined with smart, responsible land-use. Conflict and lack of education are almost always tied together. If we want to make the changes we want to see, we have to be prepared to fight for it on all fronts.

The interconnectivity of these issues should be addressed with the interconnectivity of us, as citizens, as audiences and caretakers of this planet. Historically, music is one of the most powerful and unifying forces we have at our disposal. It makes sense to come together through it, to organize and activate our networks. 

[Music] has the power to move people, towards solutions.

Blog

Read, Learn & Share Our Articles, Artist Profiles And More Information About Organizations That We Are Working With Everyday.

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ARTICLE: NET NEUTRALITY

Imagine this.  As an independent artist, you struggle to get noticed on the internet.  Today, to make a living, you (or your band) may sell, distribute and promote your music.  Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music may offer subsistence, but direct online sales of merchandise and concert tickets may offer a bigger payout. If […]

ARTIST: CHRISTIAN SCOTT

Driving home from a gig in his native New Orleans, Scott was pulled over by a squad car and forced out of the car by aggressive officers who demanded he strip down and lay flat on the ground. Scott repeatedly asked why he was being pulled over as he was doing nothing wrong, in which one of the officers replied, “I’m the authority, I’m your boss, you will do as I say”.

ARTICLE: GLOBAL MUSIC CENSORSHIP

ORG:SAFE MUSE

Safe Muse, an organization dedicated to ensuring persecuted artists have a safe environment to work in, was started in Norway in 2013.  The nonprofit, which is funded by the Norwegian government and donations from members, operates on the principles of basic human rights and applying these rights to those who create art and may not […]

ARTICLE: MUSIC AND EMOTION

Music is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be attributed to the way in which it is described as a “language of emotion” across […]

ARTIST: EMMANUEL JAL

Emanuel Jal experienced more trauma in his first ten years than most of us will encounter in our entire lives, and then some. Born into the second Sudanese civil war, and the son of a rebel fighter, Emanuel knew only war and death as a child. At the age of 7, his mother was murdered […]

Contact

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Contact us if you would like to find out more information or if you are interested in partcipating in the Music Is Not Free Campaign.