Nashville, TN - BriteHeart, a civic engagement organization devoted to registering and motivating people to vote since 2017, is thrilled to announce the Harmony on the Horizon Early Vote Concert Series. In support of the Early Voting season in Tennessee, taking place Oct. 14-29, BriteHeart has partnered with music incubator nonprofit This Is Noteworthy, Voting is Vital and the The Caverns concert venue, to present a nonpartisan concert series in an effort to elevate the community, inspire engagement and increase civic participation.
The series features a vast lineup of 18 genre-spanning artists performing a set of all original music including Lilly Hiatt, Langhorne Slim, Louis York (the duo of Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony who have collectively written hits for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Bruno Mars), Katie Pruitt and more. Not only will the artist's individuality shine, they will collectively be speaking to the themes of democracy, empowerment, community, resilience, struggle and joy through their music - all in support of the message that voting is vital and that voting early is a meaningful way for us all to demonstrate our commitment to civic responsibility.
Filmed non-audience and socially-distanced at The Caverns, a cave system-turned-concert-venue in Pelham, Tenn. that’s become a world-renowned destination for underground live music, each concert from deep within the earth will be a continuation of the musical story from the night before. As each artist emerges from the cave, their melodic narrative becomes one chapter in the novel that makes up the tale of our journey together as Americans.
“We are extremely excited about the Early Voting Concert Series,” said Chase Cole, chairman and founder of BriteHeart. “Bringing wonderful performing artists together with citizens to celebrate democracy is at the heart of our vision for America.” Full lineup for the Harmony on the Horizon Early Vote Concert Series below:
* Mel Washington * SUSTO * Lydia Luce * Lilly Hiatt * Lockeland Strings feat. Joy Oladokun * Becca Mancari * Langhorne Slim * Larysa Jaye * Katie Pruitt * Devon Gilfillian * Haley Mae Campbell * Louis York * The Shindellas * Gustavo Guerrero * Early James * Kyshona Armstrong * Lorde Goldie
Each night of early voting, one of the concerts will air on BriteHeart’s YouTube Live page at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT. The concerts are free to view and there will be a donation link where viewers can donate directly to the artists, with a portion of the proceeds also benefiting The Caverns and This Is Noteworthy’s artist grants program.
Nashville, TN – BriteHeart, a civic engagement group dedicated to motivating Tennesseans into becoming more active participants in our democracy since 2017, is joining other Tennessee businesses, organizations and communities in the VoteEarlyTN initiative. Created as a non-partisan outreach to educate and energize people about early voting, the VoteEarlyTN format encourages partners to engage their community by “adopting” one of the 14 days of early voting between October 14 – 29 of this year to be their designated day to vote. Groups can be large or small. The only requirement is that they’re asked to vote early on the day of their group’s choosing. To make it even more fun, participants will receive a free Voter Information Kit with everything they’ll need to customize their unique early voting venture.
With the challenge of Election Day being conducted during a pandemic, BriteHeart is urging Tennesseans to avoid possible long lines and COVID-19 risk by voting early or voting absentee, if that option is available. Many Nashvillians have already enjoyed the advantages of early voting this season. On August 6th, Davidson County primary voters produced the highest number of early vote and absentee ballots cast in the last decade. With a presidential election on the ballot, turnout in November is expected to double, so it’s up to us all to do our part in helping Tennessee run a smooth and efficient election. Voting early is a great way for people to aid our election officials in accomplishing this task.
Because of a voter registration policy that requires voters to be registered no later than thirty days before the election, a litany of restrictions regarding absentee or mail-in voting and rigid photo ID laws, Tennessee is appropriately ranked in the Top Ten of hardest states to vote. Mix in a pandemic and voting early becomes even more vital. As we all begin our civic adventures this fall in an election season like no other, BriteHeart is urging Tennesseans to make sure that the power of their vote is exercised. The best way to make sure of that is to take the VoteEarlyTN pledge!
Sign up to take the VoteEarlyTN pledge here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuPaGz8qX-iSeCVlce7Ep_ifG7mJ32aB9-3PMvleLUMAqGaw/viewform
How You Can Vote:Absentee (mail in) voting:
In person Early Voting:
In person Election Day:
Important Dates:Tuesday, September 22 – National Register to Vote DayMonday, October 5 – Voter Registration DeadlineWednesday, October 14 – Early Voting BeginsThursday, October 15 – Poll Worker Application DeadlineThursday, October 29 – Early Voting EndsTuesday, November 3 – Election Day
Nashville, TN – BriteHeart, a civic engagement group devoted to registering people to vote and getting them to the polls since 2017, has created a new avenue for Tennesseans and others to utilize their civic muscle. Voting Is Vital is a non-partisan community building workshop connecting with the electorate through voter education.
Alanna Royale is hosting sessions every Wednesday until Election Day on November 3rd that provide resources, insights and perspectives into the voting process. With four one-hour virtual gatherings at noon, 1 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm, she teaches participants fun, creative and effective techniques for best utilizing the power of their voice through voting and getting more people involved in our democracy.
Constructing a confident, empowered constituency through relational organizing, Royale will demonstrate how easy it is to build a dynamic and informed civic network through friends, relatives and associates. Working with local and national civic leaders, she will also discuss issues on the ballot, changing rules and procedures in the Age of Covid and brainstorm about ways an engaged citizenry can improve Tennessee’s status as one of the worst performing states in the nation for voter registration and turnout.
BriteHeart founder and CEO, Chase Cole says, “Given Tennessee’s poor participation rate in recent elections, we’re excited to introduce this fun, relationship-oriented approach to voter registration and outreach. The future of our democracy is riding on this type of work.”
Connect and RSVP with the Voting Is Vital Workshop via Zoom at bit.ly/VIVsignup. Visitors are welcome anytime during Wednesday workshop hours. You can also follow BriteHeart at @BriteHeartNow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
This pledge is designed to address the considerable uncertainty surrounding the Presidential and other elections this year because of COVID-19 and the likely delay in counting votes because of the large number of mail-in votes expected and possible mail delivery delays.
The BriteHeart Democracy First Pledge
We the People of the United States, in order to preserve and make more perfect our Union, provide for domestic Tranquility and secure the blessings of Liberty and Justice for all, hold these Truths to be self-evident, that:
All Citizens and their Votes shall be treated equally,
No person or government entity shall take any action to prevent or discourage a Citizen from voting lawfully,
All Votes shall be counted,
All Citizens should hold the democratic process and the Constitution above party or candidates,
For the sake of the Public Health, many millions more Votes will be cast by mail this year,
Election officials should do their utmost to count all ballots as soon as possible and advise all Citizens in advance of a realistic deadline for doing so,
We will be patient while the Votes are counted and will not incite or participate in rebellious or divisive partisan action while the Votes are being counted, nor claim victory until reputable, independent sources have so indicated,
We expect all government officials to act in accordance with these Precepts, and We will hold elected officials accountable at the ballot box for any failure to adhere to these Sacred and Honorable Principles of our Democracy.
We stand together as informed Citizens, with Hope in our ability as a Nation to hold civil, peaceful elections in accordance with our Laws and Democratic Principles and thereby to restore Trust in our system of Government and the Rule of Law.
Signed with Love and Respect for our fellow Citizens and Neighbors, this our Pledge, our Commitment, our Prayer.
September 9, 2020