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Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians are launching a concert tour to build trust between our communities. We need your help!

Heartbeat “the Mic Is Stronger “ - An Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Tour: Opening Ears, Minds, and Hearts

Heartbeat “the Mic Is Stronger “ - An Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Tour: Opening Ears, Minds, and Hearts

We are Israeli. We are Palestinian. We are youth. And we believe that popular music has the ability to transform conflict. We ask you to please join us as brothers, sisters, family members, friends, and communities in monetarily supporting our tour: Heartbeat “the Mic Is Stronger” - An Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Tour. 

Perhaps some think it is impossible, but here we are, Palestinian and Israeli youth, ready to open ears, minds, and hearts in Israel, Palestine, and around the world. We are amplifying our voices for the change we wish to see in our communities.

“The Mic is Stronger” tour will consist of presentations, performances, and dialogue sessions held at high schools and community centers throughout our Jewish and Arab communities. With your help, we can kickoff the tour in late October 2011.

Our music, inspired by great Western and Eastern social activist musicians, describes our hopes and fears, inspirations and struggles, and overall, our desire to change the current situation we live in as Israelis and Palestinians. Together, we sing, rap, tap, play, breathe, and shout, “the Mic is Stronger.”

We can’t do this without you. Your monetary pledges and word of mouth/online activism in supporting our tour offers us a chance to build trust and understanding across a much larger cross-section of society.  With enough concerts, workshops, YouTube views, song downloads, and other opportunities to understand and build trust with one another, we could help tip the dynamic of distrust and hatred out here to one of trust and compassion.  We know there’s a much better way, and with your support, we believe that our music will help us all get there.


WHERE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GO:

Heartbeat programs are over 95% scholarship based, making sure money isn’t an added obstacle to bringing Heartbeat participants together. Whether covering transportation, food, recording equipment, rehearsal spaces, retreat accommodations, or very basic staff salaries, Heartbeat relies on small donations to keep its programs going.

Each tour performance/presentation will cost roughly $400.  This cost covers food, transportation, equipment, and a small stipend for our staff coordinators.

We set the Kickstarter fundraising goal at $3,000, which would cover about 7 performances, but we hope we can raise much (MUCH) more than that.   The more we raise, the more performances and presentations we can offer . It’s as simple as that!


BACKGROUND:

Heartbeat “the Mic Is Stronger” - An Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Tour was dreamed up by the youth members of Heartbeat, a community of musicians, teachers, and students using music to transform conflict and amplify the voices of Israeli and Palestinian youth. Within the past year, the band, consisting of Palestinians and Israelis of the ages 14-21, produced the album “HIP HOP HUDNA: True Love”, participated in three music-dialogue retreats/camps, held performances in Jerusalem, Beit Jalla, and Tel Aviv, and is now gearing up for the “Borderline Remix: an Israeli-Palestinian-African-German Hip Hop Opera” in partnership with the Willy Brant Center and Europeans for Peace.

  1. www.facebook.com/heartbeatjerusalem
  2. www.heartbeatjerusalem.org
  3. heartbeatmusic.bandcamp.com

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