The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival, happening Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 at Chicago’s Union Park, is adding a new platform to support voter registration and engagement. The Pitchfork Music Festival Voter Engagement and Mobilization Project aims to make a difference in both Chicago and the wider Pitchfork community.
On the local level, the festival will help to fund a nonpartisan effort by the 501(c)(3) Public Action Foundation to register Chicago-area voters in traditionally underrepresented communities. Ticket buyers will be given the option to allocate $5 of their ticket cost to the voter program, while VIP guests of the festival will be required to make a monetary donation when registering for their guest pass. To make sure every eligible festival attendee is registered, PAF will also coordinate voter registration activities at Union Park during the event itself.
At a broader level, Pitchfork will empower its uniquely passionate readership by integrating into its site and in the festival ticketing process links to online voter-registration tools for every U.S. state.
“Charitable partnerships like this are one way we show our commitment to our community here in Chicago, to help our audience raise awareness and action,” Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie said. “With this being an election year that the world is following closely and feeling strongly about, we wanted to find a way to get people involved. Through this program, not only will our readers and festival goers have new tools for engagement, but we can give an extra boost to folks doing good work on the ground here in Chicago.”
PAF has a long track record of leading successful efforts to increase democracy through initiatives that make it easier for citizens to register and vote.
“We are excited to have the support of the Pitchfork Music Festival for our civic engagement program,” Lynda De La Forgue of the Public Action Foundation said. “Just as Pitchfork brings together people from all walks of life united by music, we believe our democracy is healthier and our nation is stronger when we come together in the voting booth, too.”
Tickets for the 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival are on sale now. Three-day passes are available for $165 and single day passes are available for $65.
FRIDAY, JULY 15 Beach House
Broken Social Scene
Carly Rae Jepsen
Car Seat Headrest
SATURDAY, JULY 16 ANDERSON .Paak & the Free Nationals
BJ The Chicago Kid
Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds
Circuit des Yeux
Super Furry Animals
SUNDAY, JULY 17 Empress Of
Oneohtrix Point Never
Sun Ra Arkestra