MFA (Music For America) is hooking up political activists with free tickets to shows by folks like Drive-By Truckers, the Decemberists and TV on the Radio.

As MFA says on their website: "You go to the show, you register some voters, you talk to folks about what we're doing (building a whole new community to fix politics), they get excited and the whole thing keeps growing."


Volunteering at Shows

How does this whole thing work anyway?

The big picture:

(1) Our Music Department (led by Dan) contacts bands and asks them for 2 things. To take our materials on their tour and to give us a couple of free tickets to each of their shows. This is a lot to ask for and the reason bands say yes is because they are excited about bringing a positive political voice into their fans.

(2) We send them the materials (flyers, stickers, voter registration forms) and we find the volunteers—if you're reading this, that means you.

(3) You go to the show, you register some voters, you talk to folks about what we're doing (building a whole new community to fix politics), they get excited and the whole thing keeps growing.

Meanwhile, the bands are happy because they did some good, you're happy cuz you saw a show for free and met some cool people, and we're happy because the whole thing is working. (It is working, btw. 2/3 of all political concerts last year were MFA shows, and that was our first year!)

OK, but exactly what are the things I need to do?

The first thing is to go to the calendar of shows and pick one you want to go to. Fill out your info, and we'll get in touch by email and phone to make sure you're all set.

But y'all better hurry over to:, because events are filling up. Get on it, help the cause, see FREE MUSIC!

[Published on: 9/28/06]

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toeknee420 Thu 9/28/2006 05:07PM
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valuesmitty starstarstar Fri 9/29/2006 10:02AM
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I think motivating people to get out and express themselves through our great process is a wonderful thing. However, I don't think pushing a particular viewpoint or political affiliation is appropriate. Just going to the music for america web site makes it clear what will be subconsciously (and consciously) shoved down peoples throat. So, is it really a community to "fix" politics and get new voters, or just a place to bash on Bush and any non-liberals?

Permalot Mon 10/2/2006 11:36AM
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“Hey, you think this country’s pretty messed up right? Me too, check this stuff out.”
Wow I took this verbatim from their site in the how to get people interested section. Sounds pretty left wing to me. I myself am not in favor of the actions of the Bush administration but it does sound like some forced views are going on here. I don't know about you guys but I think I can make my own decision on who to vote for next time around.

tourmaniac starstarstarstarstar Mon 10/2/2006 11:50AM
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So both of you guys think that the country is moving in the right direction?

Whatever it takes to get people involved is cool with me.