Petition to The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Expand College Pep Bands at the NCAA Tournament
Currently, the NCAA Basketball Tournament prohibits the use of electronic instruments with amplification and also limits the band to 29 students only. Many students are left at home and are unable to participate in this amazing opportunity to represent their school. Bands are forced to make adjustments to replace electric bass players with low brass players that may or may not exist at their school and deserving seniors who have given everything to their band program and team are forced to sit out due to the size restrictions. Non-football schools depend on their pep band to be the face of their music program in the athletic world and it is unfair that these schools have to adopt a new model just for the NCAA tournament. Electronic amplification is allowed throughout the season and at conference tournaments and pep bands have grown to include nearly 150 students at many schools. These limitations take away some of the critical pieces that fans love. We'd like your help in requesting the NCAA to change the restrictions on college pep bands during the NCAA Tournament by: 1) Increasing the size of the band from 29 members to 40 members 2) Allowing the use of electronic amplification for bands to use bass guitars, keyboards, violins and more. These two minor changes would allow college pep bands to produce a more balanced sound, help bring more students on unique instruments that need amplification and provide a more realistic representation of the kind of performance you'd find at the band's home games.
Petition to Miro Weinberger, Noelle MacKay, Chapin Spencer, Jesse Bridges, David E. White, Brandon del Pozo, Eileen Blackwood, Sharon Bushor, Max Tracy, Sara Giannoni, Kurt Wright, Chip Mason, Karen Paul, Tom Ayers, Adam Roof, Selene Colburn, Jane Knodell, Dave Hartnett, Joan Shannon, Richard Deane
Save 242 Main: Legendary Teen Center and USA's Longest-Running All Ages Punk Rock Venue
242 Main has brought a community of young adults together where they can fearlessly share what matters and learn to respect each other. It’s Burlington's voice for diversity in art and the human experience, fostering social bonds and confidence. It’s launched many young people on creative paths that led to fulfilling lives. 242 Main is an institution led by our city’s youth and nurtured into a national landmark. It has a treasured history of inclusivity and a triumphant legacy of being the nation’s oldest, longest-running all ages punk rock venue. 242 Main has championed the growth of young adults who are confident, critically-minded, and engaged with their peers and community. It has fostered generations of creative community-minded citizens and is an irreplaceable resource. We see Mayor Weinberger, our city department chiefs, and each of our City Councilors, as citizens sharing our vision for a healthy, participatory city that respects diversity, inclusion, empowerment, civic engagement, and creativity. We understand that deferred maintenance has jeopardized all the programs inside Memorial Auditorium, where 242 Main lives. We ask that as you resolve the structural issues with Memorial Auditorium by repairing or redeveloping the building, please keep 242 Main in its current location, operating as a teen-led program that can continue its legacy of serving Burlington’s youth in its uniquely powerful and historic way, providing an outlet for their creative and social vision. Please make this ‘community benefit’ a priority within the redevelopment process. This will make our community stronger by demonstrating that we all share an inclusive vision and a spirit of living up to our responsibilities to each other and the meaningful things we’ve built together. (Photo by Tim Snow, @TimSnowPhoto)
Petition to Dick Clark Productions
Help K-Pop Group BTS Get Invited to the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
BTS is one of the hottest names in K-Pop. They are the global phenomenon thats shaking up K-Pop more than any ever thought they would. They are a South Korean boy pop group, consisting of 7 members, debuting in 2013 from a small company, BigHit Entertainment, that was very unknown, they have made a huge name for themselves and their company. BTS isn't just any typical K-Pop group, they're extremely special and unique, unlike and other group out there. They have some of the hardest choreographies in all of K-Pop and they are self-producing aritsts, creating almost all of their beats by themselves, writing lyrics and raps, also by themselves. That is not very common in Korean Pop culture, most groups just have producers create all of their music. Always going out of the norm, BTS write meaningful songs that are relatable for many people, no matter what age you are. BTS have touched upon a great amount of their struggles, including major topics such as depression and sucidal thoughts, which are very taboo in Korea. In late 2016, BTS realeased their second full-length studio album, WINGS. This album was a huge success, breaking so many records in the K-Pop scene. Some of the records being Billboard records. Wings is the highest charting kpop album on Billboard 200 charting at #26 up 35 places from the previous record for their other album, the Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. BTS is also the only Korean act to have charted on the billboard 200 3 times. BTS has a lot more accomplishments, that's just the beginning of how much they've achieved in such a short time. Many Americans, or just western people in general, look down on K-Pop for reasons unknown. Most assume that its prejudice towards Asians, being that there is are very strong stereotypes towards them. A goal of A.R.M.Y, BTS's fandom, is to try to give western people more exposure to Asian culture and pop culture, in efforts to try and end some prejudices towards Asians. We would like them to see that just because it's in a language you don't know or it's just plain different, doesn't make it bad or weird. What A.R.M.Y is asking for is that BTS is given a chance to be exposed to western people and shown as a performance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Billboard writes countless praise articles about BTS constantly, and they were given the title "Best K-Pop Album of 2016," up against a large number of other big names in K-Pop. We think it would be a huge opportunity, not only for BTS, but also for Billboard. BTS have one of the biggest fanbases in the world and its grower faster and faster every single day. We really hope to see these boys perform at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. If anyone has any questions or concerns feel free to message me on my twitter: @ultlie
Petition to MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder
To release a "Aaliyah for MAC" Limited Edition collection #AaliyahForMAC
As a huge MAC fan & consumer of their permanent line & limited edition collections, we want MAC to be the first brand to reintroduce Aaliyah's legacy to the world in a format that it has never been given before. Aaliyah's brother Rashad Haughton says that Aaliyah was a big fan of MAC. He also goes on to say," that he approves of the idea for a Limited Edition collection by MAC for her." Her favorite MAC products were: Chelsea Lipstick, Cherish Lipstick, Chestnut Lipliner, espresso eyeshadow, and biscuit eyeshadow. **** We hope that if MAC does the collection that there will be eyeshadows, lipsticks, lipliners, lipglosses, contour & highlight, beauty powder, false lashes, eyebrow pencils that represent and are inspired by Aaliyah. ***** Mac Cosmetics, We want an "Aaliyah for Mac Limited Edition Collection. Aaliyah stands for Mac's mission of "All ages, All races, All sexes." She was a risk taker, innovator, edgy, street but sweet, & R and B's Princess. She continues to influence today's mainstream artist & people around the world still love and celebrate her life and music every year! Her brother Rashad Haughton says MAC Cosmetics was her favorite makeup brand. Our mission is simple, we want her legacy to continue and be reintroduced through a collection with Mac Cosmetics. Her iconic & blue print for R and B music album " One in a Million" that made Timbaland and Missy Elliott a household name's 20th Anniversary is next year. Help us bring her legacy & memory to new generations & the legions of diehard fans in a different format than her legacy has ever been given before . Mac Cosmetics & "Aaliyah for MAC" collection is sure to be a one in a million hit! Love, All the Aaliyah fans across the world! "The highest most exalted one the best." - Aaliyah Follow us on Twitter & Instagram : @aaliyahformac Our Tumblr: http://aaliyahformaccampaignofficial.tumblr.com/ Our Facebook : "Aaliyah For MAC Campaign Official" Fanpage : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaliyah-For-Mac-Campaign-Official/1639832349618090?fref=ts **This Campaign is officially supported by: Aaliyah's Brother Rashad Haughton, Aaliyah LLC, Aaliyah's official twitter: @aaliyahhaughton , Missy Elliott @missyelliott, Aaliyah's glam squad: Makeup Artist: Eric Ferrell, Hairstylist Tre Major, and Fashion Stylist Derek Lee. As well as supported by media and beauty outlets: BET, Allure Magazine, Dazed Magazine, Trendmood, British designer Hayden Williams, Specktra, The Source Magazine, The Fader, MTV, Jet Magazine, Look Magazine, Vogue Espana, Power 105.1 Radio, Hello Giggles, Monie Love, Galore Magazine, Fashionista, Seventeen Magazine, Clutch Magazine, Oyster Magazine, Huffington Post, Michigan Chronicle, Malibudollface, 104.1 the beat, playtime, Cracked magazine etc. As well as the beauty, fashion, and Aaliyah communities! Fans makeup tutorials for Aaliyah: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=&bih=&q=aaliyah+makeup+tutorial&gbv=2&oq=aaliyah+makeup+&gs_l=heirloom-hp.1.0.0l3j0i22i30l3j0i22i10i30j0i22i30l3.2412.5519.0.818.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1485.0j11.11.0....0...1ac.1.34.heirloom-hp..1.14.1494.SA7RGEIzVtM
Petition to All The Real Fans Of Hip Hop
Keep The Get Down Alive!
HELLO EVERYONE, SO AS YOU ALL HAVE HEARD, APPARENTLY ONE OF THE BEST NETFLIX ORIGINALS TO EVER HIT NETFLIX "THE GET DOWN" HAS BEEN CANCELLED... I AM DEEPLY SADDENED AND ANGERED AS WELL BECAUSE I AM A TRUE FAN AND SUPPORTER OF HIP HOP. THE DIRECTOR CLAIMS TO HAVE MORE ON HIS PLATE THAN HE CAN HANDLE BUT I FEEL LIKE THATS NOT THE CASE. SHOWS LIKE THIS GIVE US HOPE AND BELIEF THAT WE AS A CULTURE NO MATTER WHAT RACE YOU ARE, CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING AND THAT DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE. I KNOW WE ARE GOING THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THIS PAST ELECTION AND WHO WE HAVE IN OFFICE. BUT BECAUSE OF THIS SHOW, I HAVE DECIDED TO PURSUE WHAT REALLY MAKES ME HAPPY, WHAT REALLY KEEPS ME GOING AND NOT WANTING TO GIVE UP, WHAT KEEPS ME GROUNDED AND HUMBLE... ITS HIP HOP... DESPITE WHAT OTHERS MAY FEEL OR MAY WANT, WE ALL WANT TO SEE THE REST OF THIS STORY UNFOLD... SO LETS GET TOGETHER AND MAKE IT HAPPEN! SPREAD THE WORD... KEEP THE GET DOWN ALIVE! NETFLIX WE WANT TO SEE MORE SEASONS! GET A NEW DIRECTOR!! WE DESERVE THAT AS FANS AND SUPPORTERS!!! PEACE AND BLESSINGS YALL!
Petition to Songwriters Hall of Fame, Linda Moran
Induct ex-Byrds member Gene Clark into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Gene Clark (born Harold Eugene Clark, Tipton, MO, November 17, 1944) first attained stardom as a founding member of Los Angeles folk-rock/country-rock/psychedelic pioneers, the Byrds. During his tenure as the band’s principal songwriter, Clark appeared on their biggest hits (“Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!”), penned many of their most beloved, influential works (including “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Set You Free This Time,” “Here Without You,” “She Don’t Care About Time”) and was the main composer of “Eight Miles High,” considered by many to be among the greatest singles of the 1960s. After leaving the Byrds at the height of their fame in early 1966, Clark embarked upon a fearless solo career that embraced everything from chamber pop (Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers, 1967) and progressive bluegrass (The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark, 1968) to acoustic ballads (White Light, 1971) and sweeping cosmic prog (No Other, 1974). His final album, 1987’s So Rebellious a Lover, recorded with ex-Textones leader Carla Olson, has been hailed as an influential progenitor of the Alt-country movement. What set Clark apart from most pop/rock writers of his generation was a truly exceptional ability to infuse notoriously puerile subject matter (like romantic loss) with a disarming combination of narrative vulnerability and keening existential angst. Unusual chord changes typically accompanied Clark’s stirring, vibrato-laden tenor, while richly worded, uncommonly poetic lyrics earned him the moniker “Hillbilly Shakespeare.” With a back catalogue as rich and eclectic as Clark’s, it is not surprising that his works have been interpreted by a vast array of artists – from virtually every genre of music. Clark’s work has been covered by, among others, Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Richard Thompson, Death in Vegas (with Paul Weller), Hüsker Dü, Iain Matthews, Yo La Tengo, This Mortal Coil, and Soulsavers (with Mark Lanegan). Additionally, two separate tribute albums have been released, The World Turns All Around Him and Full Circle; and Scottish rock band Teenage Fanclub penned a moving elegy to Clark on their 1993 album, Thirteen. Gene Clark passed away on May 24, 1991, at his home in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 46. While he was never to regain the same level of superstardom he saw as a member of the Byrds, his work continues to inspire and excite new generations of fans. In 2014, a veritable who’s-who of indie musicians (including members of Beach House, the Walkmen, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear) banded together for the unprecedented purpose of touring Clark’s 1974 magnum opus, No Other (regularly featured in top-album lists). It was an extraordinarily selfless gesture that conferred upon Clark the widespread, well-deserved acclaim and respect that eluded him in life. – Tom Sandford is a Toronto-based writer/editor. Since 2008 he has maintained a blog called The Clarkophile, an appreciation of Gene Clark's songwriting.http://Clarkophile.blogspot.com
Petition to Mark Manning
Keep Mr. Rutan at Morristown High School
An update from Mr. Manning and Mr. Rutan themselves. - The district is abolishing a music teaching position at the high school.- This is because the number of students requesting music electives outside of band, choir and orchestra has dropped off dramatically.- Due to this drop off in requests 4 music teachers at the high school can no longer be justified as three teachers will be able to handle the course load.- The high school needs a band director, an orchestra director and a choir director. As there are two band directors and only one of the others it was obvious that a band director position would be abolished .- As I have had 18 years of Middle School experience I was the natural choice. And will be transferred to Frelinghuysen.- The only area that can not be handled will be the lunch time lessons.- Mr. Manning and the school district anticipated this problem and will hire an adjunct teacher who will come in and teach Symphonic Band lessons during lunch woodwinds vs brass whichever way Mr. Russo and that teacher decide will work best. // As some of you may know, it was made public information on Monday night at the Board of Education meeting that Mr. Rutan will be transferred to Frelinghuysen Middle School next year. He has been teaching in this district for about 35 years and spent the past 16 years at Morristown High School. Although he originally started working in this district at Frelinghuysen, since the time that he has been at MHS, he has been an integral part of our music department. He has made huge contributions to our whole music department in many different ways, some being marching band director, pit orchestra director, and of course, symphonic band director. With this change, the high school music department will only have three teachers (one vocal, one band, one orchestra). This will stretch the teachers way too thinly, as they will have to cover more classes than they have time for. Also, there will be nobody here to teach lunchtime lessons to Symphonic Band students, as Mr. Russo already has his hands full with teaching lunchtime lessons to Wind Ensemble students. Symphonic Band students will no longer have the same learning opportunities as Wind Ensemble students. Even if someone is hired to teach lessons, they will not have the same vested interest in the music department. There are more negative results that will come from transferring Mr. Rutan to FMS, especially that there will not be any teacher left at the high school to deal with marching band affairs during the daytime. With Mr. Gallagher teaching band at the middle school, Mr. Rutan has acted as the liaison to the members of the marching band The goal of this petition is to keep Mr. Rutan at Morristown High School, and it will be sent to Mr. Manning, Mr. Pendergrast, and the Board of Education.
Petition to David Porter, Rémi Gabillet, Matthew Cieplak
We all want the 8tracks we love back!
8Tracks is an indie music platform that I'm sure many have heard of, but recently, they have put up a paywall ruining its experience. This paywall has hurt many of its customers because it restricts many from feeling the aura of sincerity created by 8tracks users around the world. Mainly, I'm speaking for myself and a couple of friends, but we feel that many others would agree. We all want the 8tracks back that we knew and loved!