Our Work

What We Do

CAC channels the power of music into sustained, community-driven action by building an on-ramp to activism. Through our campaigns, programs, and events, we engage the music industry in social movement building.

Campaigns

We build multi-year campaigns in partnership with issue experts and community organizations to focus our efforts on issues that impact women and girls. 

Advocacy

Musicians and fans learn about social issues and their impact on women through concert outreach, pre-show events, and stage/online messaging. They can take a variety of actions to create social change.

Programming

We partner with artists, venues, festivals, and other non-profits to create social change.

Grassroots Fundraising

Musicians and fans fundraise together online and at shows. We have granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to  community service providers and advocacy partners.

Creating Change

How We Do It

We tap into music-based gatherings to educate people about urgent social issues, provide opportunities to serve with and donate to effective and trusted community organizations, and build momentum for advocacy efforts that need extra support.

Current Work

Here For The Music

Our Here For The Music campaign works to build true safety with everyone who comes together to create a show or festival: artists, fans, promoters. touring and media professionals, venue staff, and more.

Voice Your Choice

CAC is partnering with artists and other key partners in the industry to engage fans in the fight for reproductive freedom.

Annual Benefit Weekend

We gathered on March 22nd, 2024 at the historic Somerville Theater for our 16th Annual Benefit Weekend with a special performance by Chadwick Stokes + The Pintos. The weekend also included a pre-show VIP reception and a public service project benefitting Reproductive Equity Now.

What we Do

Our Programs

Our music partners are experts at gathering people together in person over art and local community – we tap into these event-based gatherings to reach people at a moment when they are particularly open to learning, meeting new people, giving to their community, and sharing new experiences.

Pre-Show Service Projects

These projects help music fans build the skills, community, and confidence to continue advocacy and introduce them to a community organization in their local community that they can stay connected to beyond the event, while providing short-term support to a community organization and pressing advocacy campaigns.

Festival & Concert Outreach

We engage fans in conversation about critical issues at a time where they are more open to connection.

Bystander Education and Policy Guides

We build a community with fans to learn about social issues through a feminist lens, enjoy live music, and become inspired to get involved in their community. We are able to train fans on how to make live music a safer space for all, all while supporting artists, feminist leaders, and community organizations.

Past Campaigns

Unlocked Voices

Unlocked Voices showed a more authentic, human story of mass criminalization in America. Through our partnership with the Mulfaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration, we educated music fans and faith groups about the impact of mass incarceration through narrative coaching workshops with musicians and faith leaders, along with a virtual concert series, where musicians, grassroots leaders, and women shared their stories of these unjust systems. This campaign raised over $225,000 for 15 community organizations.

Support Native Youth

This campaign supporting the 2018 DISPATCH tour focused on fundraising for youth organizers on Pine Ridge Reservation through Native Americans in Philanthropy’s #GenIndigenous fund and raised awareness about issues affecting Native communities. Several tour stops included food drives and hands-on soup making, which included over 225 volunteers, to support the Pine Ridge Reservation. 

Cease Fire

This year-long campaign educated fans on the effects of gun violence, in particular its impact on women, and proposed policy solutions that can curb this violence. Nearly 12,000 Americans are murdered with guns every year – a rate more than 20 times higher than that of other developed countries. By taking the lead of expert organizations and advocates in the field, like Everytown for Gun Safety and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Calling All Crows used its voice and this campaign to raise awareness about gun violence in the United States and improve the safety of all Americans.

Forced to Flee

The Forced to Flee campaign focused on the plight of Syrian refugees and their resettlement in the United States. During the 2014-15 tour seasons, 521 music fan volunteers were activated around educational activities to understand the issues related to Syria and refugee resettlement, as well as hands-on activities like clothing drives and assistance with other necessary supplies for refugees resettling in the US.  The band Ark Life joined Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos for many of these activities.

Bringing Change to Women

Sponsored by Calling All Crows for 6 years, the Bringing Change to Women Initiative was an opportunity for musicians and fans to stay involved with our mission to create change for women throughout the year with Calling All Crows and on their own. We provided specific examples of actions fans could take to support local, national or international organizations. These activities included direct service volunteering, advocacy surrounding larger issues, as well as fundraising or donation drives. The campaign encouraged collection of change for monetary donation and drives for coats and toiletries for women’s organizations.

Dispatch Hunger

In summer of 2015 DISPATCH played two shows at Madison Square Garden to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in the United States. Through these concerts and events leading up to the weekend Calling All Crows and DISPATCH transformed the way people think about fighting hunger through service, action challenges, community engagement and outreach. A Hunger Action Leader Team was formed that powered Dispatch Hunger by organizing and attending local events, contributing stories and engaging fans on social media, and coordinating on the ground efforts in New York City during the weekend of the shows.

1138: Marriage Equality

Calling All Crows and State Radio joined the fight for all loving couples in the U.S. to be able to marry under the protection of federal marriage laws and enjoy the 1138 benefits that were afforded only to heterosexual married couples. Volunteers spent 1242 hours raising over $20,500 and generating 455 letters of support and additional 986 signatures in support of this campaign! Federal marriage equality was eventually granted in 2015.

Calling for Maternal Health

$50,000 was raised to support impact partners Women for Afghan Women and The Priscilla Project, who both had missions to improve maternal health, with support from artist partners State Radio and Maleana Cadiz. This campaign also supported advocacy efforts to support the Maternal Health Accountability Act.

Amplifying Education

Calling All Crows partnered with DISPATCH to explore how small actions can make a big difference in the lives of children across the country. This campaign raised awareness and empowered music fans to take action to create change in the US education system, and it engaged music fans in projects like mural-painting to improve local schools and experience the power that hands-on service can have. Over 800 volunteers joined in to raise $300,000+ and gather over 12,000 book donations at DISPATCH tour stops as well as the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and Mountain Jam Festival.

Green Summers of Service

Climate change disproportionately impacts women, primarily due to deepening existing inequities. For four summers, our Green Summers of Service served as a way for bands, fans, and festival goers to connect with their local environment and environmental organizations, while learning about climate change and its global impacts. The campaign included a pledge campaign for individual actions people could take to reduce their negative impact on the environment, from reducing waste to buying local to advocacy work to legislative advocacy. We were joined by artists State Radio and John Butler Trio for this effort.

Abolish the Death Penalty

Inspired by Troy Davis, this campaign joined with Amnesty International, Headcount, and State Radio to abolish the death penalty in the US and to seek justice for Troy Davis, a black man on death row in Georgia who, despite strong evidence suggesting that he was innocent, never received a fair trial. Sadly, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis on September 21, 2011.  While this campaign was not successful in saving Mr. Davis’ life, Calling All Crows logged over 350 volunteer hours that highlighted the injustices of the criminal justice system that are still being fought today.

Darfur Camps Project

Calling All Crows and Oxfam joined forces again to support this project that served internally displaced women of Darfur through livelihood training and income generation in 2 camps, Abu Shouk and El Salaam. Artist partners State Radio, Matt Embree (Rx Bandits and DISPATCH), Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival), and Lauren Coleman joined with 155 music fan volunteers to generate over $100,000 for this project.

Stoves for Sudan

Calling All Crows teamed up with Oxfam America and State Radio to build and distribute 5,000 stoves in Sudanese refugee camps. These simple, efficient stoves cost only $20 each and reduced the need for women to seek firewood outside the camps where they are most susceptible to severe violence – many are raped and often killed. This inaugural campaign in 2009 raised over $100,000 through outreach efforts in 47 cities.