Jackson Browne, Crosby & Nash, Melissa Etheridge, Tom Morello To Headline 'The Concert For Social Justice'
March 3, 2015 at 1:14 PM (PT)
The GRAMMY MUSEUM, in partnership with ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS, will celebrate the launch of their SPEAK UP, SING OUT songwriting contest with THE CONCERT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE on APRIL 8th at the FONDA THEATRE in LOS ANGELES.
JACKSON BROWNE, DAVID CROSBY & GRAHAM NASH, MELISSA ETHERIDGE and TOM MORELLO are the first performers announced for the concert, which will also feature special performances from actors DENNIS HAYSBERT, CATHERINE KEENER, MARTIN SHEEN and ALFRE WOODARD, as well as the winners of the SPEAK UP, SING OUT songwriting competition.
"Defenders of social justice and human rights have long used music as a powerful platform," said GRAMMY MUSEUM Executive Director BOB SANTELLI. "We are excited to partner with ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS for a night that will feature some of the most influential voices in songwriting, while inspiring a new generation of young artists to use music as a means to promote change."
"Music is at the heart of social change in AMERICA," said KERRY KENNEDY, President of ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS. "Abolitionists in the 1860s, labor activists in the 1930s, and civil rights protestors in the 1960s all marched to anthems of peace and justice. With this concert, ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS and the GRAMMY MUSEUM seek to continue that tradition by teaching our young people that music can be a force for good in the world."
KCSN 88.5 is the media sponsor of THE CONCERT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, with proceeds helping fund the middle school and high school education program, SPEAK UP, SING OUT. For more information, please visit www.speakupsingout.org.
Launched in 2014, the SPEAK UP, SING OUT songwriting contest invited middle and high school students to write original songs of conscience and social justice issues. The winning song will be performed at this year's THE CONCERT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.