Invites all musicians to join in support of the Occupy movement

Occupy musicians launched a campaign to support Occupy Wall Street and the global campaign against income inequality.  Musicians who have signed up include Lou Reed, Amanda Palmer, and DC’s Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto (Fugazi).  Here’s the invite from

Are you a working musician in support of the statement above and the Occupy Movement? Please send us an email with your name, instruments, musical affiliations, and location to occupymusicians at gmail dot com.

[We mean ‘musicians’ broadly, as in sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, producers, instrumentalists, composers, lyricists, etc]

NOTE: There will be some delay before your name appears in the list. Volunteers are entering each and every name by hand.

And here’s the first press release:


a public statement of support
for the Occupy movement

Website to help facilitate performances at Occupy spaces and events; connect media with Occupy Musicians; host sound, video, & writing from Occupy Musicians

TWITTER: @weoccupymusic

Monday, November 21 (NEW YORK): We announce the launch of, a website for musicians to show solidarity with the protesters, organizers, and supporters of the Occupy movements, and to show that there is a sizable force of musicians from across every genre of music who support this movement. Jazz, classical, hip hop, rock, indie, klezmer, folk, new music, electronic: there is no one dominant group on the list. United in support, the list is also diverse in experience, including both Jake Wolos, a jazz student at Richard Stockton College to John Zorn, a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” winning leader of the new music community. A very small part of the list includes: Lou Reed, Amanda Palmer, DJ Rupture, Darcy James Argue, Frederic Rzewski, Talib Kweli, Pauline Oliveros, Tyondai Braxton, Evan Parker, Martin Bresnick, Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Laurie Anderson, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Tom Morello, Yuka Honda, Jello Biafra, Thurston Moore, Christian Marclay, Richard Hell, The Shondes, and Saul Williams.

The Occupy Musicians project is a mirror of the very successful work going on at Occupy Writers ( and Occupy Film Makers (, with a similar statement. Inspired by, and with help from Ginny Suss and Vanessa Wruble at the website Okay Player, we have launched the website as a public statement of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, and all Occupy movements.

The statement reads:

We, the undersigned musicians and all who will join us,
support Occupy Wall Street
and the Occupy Movement around the world.

In addition to the public statement of support, OccupyMusicians will serve as a resource:

• to facilitate performances at Occupy spaces and events
• provide links to media wishing to interview Occupy-supporting musicians
• host testimony and other writings of musicians for why they both are and support the 99 percent
• host embedded media to Occupy-related songs and music videos
• network musicians to Occupy locations and Occupy fund raisers