Why Sept. 25?
In 2007, Congress designated September 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. And while two out of every three victims are killed with a firearm, the day of “remembrance” is the only thing Congress has done to acknowledge this loss.
And while we need to be respectful of what this day stands for, we must also demand that Congress mandates a background check for every gun sale, too.
How do I get information about the cities that are listed on the webpage but have no links?
If they are not linked from the city list on the site, more information may be available on the map. You can search the map a bit more easily if you go straight to it. http://concertacrossamerica.org/fullmap
Alternatively, cities without links could be concerts and events that are in private places or places of worship, which are not completely open to the public. Some concerts and events did not want any promotion.
Are all of the 350 events listed actually concerts?
As part of their regularly scheduled services, many of the faith-based events will include a musical remembrance of victims of gun violence. Others are hosting community concerts open to the public. And several gun violence prevention organizations are hosting ticketed concerts. Please check directly with the venue listed on the map if you need more information.
What are the goals of the concerts?
The mission of the “Concert Across America” is to remember the tremendous loss of life that gun violence has cost our communities. And while it’s primarily a day of awareness, local organizers can choose to fundraise for a designated local gun violence prevention (GVP) partner or for a local domestic violence shelter as one of its goals.
Is this a political event?
No. However, we encourage everyone, as good citizens, to invite their elected officials to local events as well as encourage attendees to participate in the “National Day of Voter Registration” on Tuesday, Sept 27. And most importantly, remember to Vote on Nov. 8.
How do I get involved?
What if I don't see a concert near me?
Can you start a concert near you? Sign up here before September 9th.
Can I organize a concert near me even though one is on the map?
YES: If it is faith-based, please register here to be added to the map with an official “dove” icon. And definitely “yes” if you’re a college student organizer. We need you! Please register here. To guarantee a place on the map, your event should be registered no later than Sept. 15.
MAYBE: If not faith or university-based, please check with us first to make sure your event does not conflict or detract from what is already being planned.
NO: In New York City, we cannot accept any additional offers of concerts that are not university or faith-based venues. The best way for New Yorkers to participate is to buy a ticket here. Same thing in Massachusetts. The best way to participate is to buy a ticket here or to attend one of the other concerts.
I'm a musician. Can I perform?
Tell us more about yourself and what you would like to do. Sign up here.
How do I get tickets in advance?
Many concerts are free. Each concert has its own up-to-date page with info like how to RSVP or get tickets, the venue, musicians and which nonprofits will be there. The best way to find the most up-to-date page is through our map. Search for local concerts and relevant links here.
Facebook calendar events, which are linked from the map, will generally have everything you need to know.