HeadCount, an organization dedicated to raising voter participation among live music fans, has announced a contest that will drive voter registration efforts by partnering with Bonnaroo, the largest annual music festival in America.

Participants qualify to enter by registering five (5) eligible people to vote. A grand prize winner, chosen at random, will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the 2004 Bonnaroo Music Festival (June 11-13 in Manchester, TN) and will have an opportunity to meet select HeadCount affiliated artists.

HeadCount artists scheduled to appear at Bonnaroo include: The Dead, Primus, Gov't Mule, Galactic, moe., String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, and Yonder Mountain String Band.

This truly unique and original contest promises to involve thousands of music fans in a nationwide voter registration effort. To enter the contest, visit www.headcount.org, read the contest rules and print out multiple voter registration forms. Then just grab a pen and a clipboard, register people to vote, and have a chance to win.

Contestants may improve their chances by registering even more voters and submitting multiple entries, and the person who submits the largest number of completed voter registrations will automatically win two free tickets to Bonnaroo. Five (5) runners-up will receive a compact disc signed by a HeadCount artist of their preference and twenty (20) runners-up will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Relix Magazine.

"HeadCount is about getting people involved in the political process," said Marc Brownstein, the organization's co-chair and the bass player for the popular electronic rock band The Disco Biscuits. "This contest gives music fans a reason to stage their own voter registration campaigns."

About HeadCount:

HeadCount is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that is unleashing an aggressive and highly publicized voter registration drive targeting fans of live, improvisational music. It is run entirely by volunteers, and has affiliations with over 15 national touring acts including The Dead, Galactic, String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, moe. and The Disco Biscuits.

About Bonnaroo:

Quickly established as the premier American rock festival, Bonnaroo won the Pollstar "Festival of the Year" award in its inaugural year. In its second year, Rolling Stone called it "The American rock festival to end all festivals." Bonnaroo 2002 and 2003 both sold out in less than three weeks through the festival web site, with no traditional advertising. This year's lineup includes The Dead, Dave Matthews & Friends, Bob Dylan, Trey Anastasio, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, Primus, String Cheese Incident, moe., and Gov't Mule.

Andy Bernstein

[Published on: 4/23/04]

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