The Council, An Extension of the Everytown Creative Council, Includes Artists Such As Bebe Rexha, Justin Tranter, Cyndi Lauper, Lizzo, Julia Michaels, The National, and Steve Aoki
More Than 500 Partners, Influencers, Elected Officials Wear Orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 1; “Wear Orange” Campaign Inspired By Chicago Teens Working to Honor the Lives of Gun Violence Survivors and Victims
NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization with nearly five million supporters, today announced the launch of the Everytown Music Council. The group is designed to harness the power of the music industry to support common-sense solutions proven to save lives and help reduce the gun violence that kills 96 Americans everyday and wounds hundreds more.
The new council is launched on National Gun Violence Awareness Day when hundreds of cultural influencers, brands, non-profit partner organizations, elected officials and a series of iconic landmarks participating in the #WearOrange campaign. As part of Wear Orange Weekend, more than 450 events will take place across the country June 2 and 3, honoring gun violence survivors and victims.
“National Gun Violence Awareness Day is a perfect day to announce the formation of the Everytown Music Council,” said Justin Tranter, songwriter and producer. “I am thrilled to join this growing movement of fearless Americans dedicated to reducing gun violence across America.”
The Everytown Music Council includes Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Grizzly Bear, Incubus, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Lizzo, The National, Natalie Merchant, Peaches, Samantha Ronson, Steve Aoki and the X Ambassadors, as well as existing Creative Council members Andrew Bird, Common, Questlove, Rosanne Cash and Yoko Ono. It will be housed under the umbrella of the Everytown Creative Council, chaired by Julianne Moore. The Music Council will partner with Everytown on an ongoing basis to encourage people to join the gun violence prevention movement, and support common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence across the country.
“With the creation of the Everytown Music Council, the chorus of Americans calling for gun safety now includes some of the world’s most stirring and powerful voices,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “I’m grateful to every member of the Council for lending their talents and ideas to the gun safety movement, which has long turned to music for comfort and inspiration.”
All Wear Orange Weekend events are searchable via an online map (available here) and easy to track throughout the weekend by following the #WearOrange hashtag.
Last year more than 500 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Amy Schumer, Vogue, Teen Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events. Since then, the Wear Orange campaign has grown exponentially. On June 1, hundreds of thousands of Americans will stand up once more to say that we must do more to end gun violence.
Full details on Wear Orange 2018 are available here.