Emily White, founding partner of Collective Entertainment and co-founder of #iVoted, which she established along with Mike Luba and Wilco’s Pat Sansone for the 2018 election, is proud to announce their November 3, 2020 Election Night digital concerts. The goal is simple – to get out the vote, particularly for millennials and x and y Gen voters. The list of performers is growing daily with over 225 committed thus far with many notable artists and another 700-900 more acts to be confirmed, making this the largest single night digital concert ever. The list to date can be found at iVotedconcerts.com.
Politics are set aside for this non-partisan initiative. All voters have to do is RSVP with a selfie
taken outside their polling place or at home holding their blank voting ballot for access to all the free entertainment they can squeeze into one night. “We don’t know people’s political beliefs – and don’t want to – we just want people civically engaged in the democratic process,” according to White. Fans under 18 can RSVP with a video, letting #iVoted know what election they will be 18 for, and why they’re excited to vote. International fans can RSVP simply to enjoy the talent.
The acts invited to perform were largely determined by statistics provided by Chartmetric’s data, pinpointing the favorite artists of key geographic areas that are vital in the polling process, from swing states to those that reflected low voting numbers for this demographic in the last elections.
#iVoted has attracted a dynamic all-volunteer team from all facets of the entertainment community. Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour and numerous other mega- successful festivals and tours, is one of the impressive members of the burgeoning non-profit’s board along with Lawrence Peryer ( Lyte, formerly Amazon, Warner Music Group), attorney Joyce Dollinger, Kennita Hickman (Imagine Milwaukee’s Director of Artist Outreach), Kevin Ray (Walk
the Moon), Rebecca Kennedy (WNYC), MIT tenured economist Jon Gruber, Kyle Frenette (ex-Bon Iver, 46 for 46 Founder), veteran booking agent Steve Ferguson, and analytics strategist Talia Borodin.
Sponsorships and endorsements are being spearheaded by Kate Truscott, General Manager of the Kevin Lyman Group and Lisa Tenner, President of Tenner & Associates. In fact, 100% of the executive volunteer staff are women and 70% of the diverse #iVoted team are women and non-binary.
White and her co-founders have a long-range view of this project. They began for the 2018 midterm elections for which they provided more than 150 live concerts in 37 states with acts including Billie Eilish and Good Charlotte. The initiative began in swing states and expanded exponentially from there. The digital concerts this year will enable greater national impact. White says, “We want to do this every national election day from now on.”