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Banned Together is an ongoing participatory media campaign that will mobilize a wide audience through online social networks to raise awareness and money for the support of censored or at-risk musicians. By giving censored artists the opportunity to safely share their music and stories, we will amplify their voices and help connect them to a global audience. “Remix artists” will then be able to harness this platform to remix for a cause, sharing their creations with fans and encouraging more people to become invested in the campaign.
Our project features three steps:
- Constructing a robust website that spotlights human rights violations against musicians and gives those musicians the opportunity to find a global audience – whether anonymously or not
- Building a community of music lovers and remix artists who show solidarity and raise awareness about the project
- Soliciting original songs, videos, artwork, and poetry from this remix community to construct a benefit album
Banned Together’s website will serve as the project’s public hub. A series of "mini-campaigns" featuring censored and/or at-risk individuals will figure prominently into the website's homepage. As a part of these campaigns, each featured artist will have his or her own webpage with background information and media, including:
- A profile
- Brief video(s) introducing the musician
- Song(s) showcasing the musician's work
- Translations of lyrics, if available
- Music sheets/tablature, if available
- Links to more information and opportunities to take action
Elsewhere on the website, our community will have opportunities to upload video, music, artwork, and literature inspired by the featured musicians. Non-artists will be encouraged to leave comments and ratings. This segment of the website will have strong social media functionality, allowing users to link back to third party profiles (such as Indaba) and to share their favorite remixes on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Community favorites will win a place on the benefit album, and possibly other prizes.
As the project advances, we will integrate resources for the benefit of the community, such as free media resources like Wikimedia Commons, links to browser-based remixing platforms like Stroome, and remixing tutorials, tips, and tricks.