Livestream Platform Mandolin Teams Up With #iVoted For Massive Election Day Event Featuring 600+ Artists

– #iVoted

Following the news earlier this week that Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Chris Thile would be taking part in #iVoted festival, fest organizers announced Sept. 30 they are joining forces with livestream platform Mandolin to bring the event to life. 
The nonpartisan voter turnout organization #iVoted was launched in 2018 to address the low voter turnout among the youth by rewarding voters with entry to a cool concert on Election Night. During its first year, #iVoted worked with more than 150 venues across 37 states, giving entry to fans who showed selfies they’d taken at their polling places earlier that day. 
With COVID-19 putting a halt to most in-person performances, iVoted has adapted to host a mega-livestream show on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, which organizers say “will be the largest single-day digital concert on record.”  
The lineup includes A Conversation w/ W. Kamau Bell and Living Colour, Chris Thile, A Conversation w/ Julien Baker and Rhea Butcher, Greensky Bluegrass, Wes Walker, Citizen Cope, Drive-By Truckers, grandson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Joywave, Jukebox the Ghost, Julia Nunes, Kam Franklin of The Suffers, My Brightest Diamond, The Dresden Dolls, The Polyphonic Spree, Vacationer, Yonder Mountain String Band, Geographer, 3OH3!, Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday, an exclusive appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin and more.
To get a link to the livestream festival on Election Day, voters can take a selfie with their blank mail-in ballot or outside their polling place, then submit it online via the RSVP for the show(s) of their choice at beginning Oct. 1. 
The festival is also looking out for those who can’t vote in this election. Fans who won’t be 18 by Nov. 3 can RSVP with a video letting #iVoted know what election they will be 18 for and why they’re excited to vote. Fans who aren’t U.S. citizens, or who are otherwise unable to vote can RSVP as well.  
“Mandolin is on a journey to redefine live entertainment and to bring music back to the stage. The #iVoted Initiative has the artists and the passion, and Mandolin has the digital know-how to make this happen in the new normal,” said Mary Kay Huse, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Mandolin, which recently announced a partnership with The Ryman Auditorium as well as a two-year partnership with City Winery network of venues. 
 “We’re excited to help musicians get closer to fans through new livestream and digital technologies. It’s also part of our mission to make our communities better in the process, which perfectly aligns with the mission of #iVoted.”
Emily White, music entrepreneur and founder of #iVoted, adds, “I love hashtag activism and protesting, all of it, but voting is really one of the best ways to make tangible change, now and in the future,” said Emily White music entrepreneur and Founder of #iVoted. “In the face of yet another disruption, I’m inspired by Mandolin and all of the creative minds working together to solve and create new avenues for artists, fans, voters, and activists to make change.” 

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