Revolutions Per Minute is linking rock stars who want to make a difference with nonprofits that can help.
After the 2016 election brought issues like climate change and gender inequality to the forefront of popular culture, freaked-out rock stars everywhere made frantic phone calls: "What can we do to help?" Death Cab for Cutie, Tune-Yards and more found answers from Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), a matchmaking agency that links artists who want to make a difference with nonprofits and activist groups.
"There was definitely a sort of panic," recalls RPM executive director Jessica George, 38. "People were paralyzed and questioned their own activist strategies: 'I thought I was in touch. I thought I knew what was going on and then this happened.'"
After the election, George helped connect the First 100 Days project — for which indie acts like Angel Olsen and Jens Lekman released exclusive "songs of resistance" — to charities like the reproductive rights organization All Above All. Around the same time, she helped Death Cab for Cutie raise roughly $60,000 for groups like Southerners on New Ground and the Freedom Center for Social Justice, which opposed the North Carolina bill blocking transgender people from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity.