The Artist Relations program partnered with prominent and rising musicians to introduce new audiences to the LRA conflict. This involved multiple national tours each year, benefit concerts, and creative fundraising activities. We firmly believe that music has and will always be a powerful tool for social movements. It is a universal language, and at Invisible Children, it’s important for us to speak that language.

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The most fitting example of how the Artist Relations department supported Invisible Children’s mission and ethos is found in the story of how we built a friendship with British folk superheroes Mumford & Sons, after using their song “Timshel” in a memorial video for Nate Henn, an Invisible Children employee who was killed in a terrorist attack in Kampala in 2010. A close friend of Nate’s, and fellow Invisible Children employee, Hannah Jones, wrote a message to Mumford member Ben Lovett about the impact that the band’s music had on the healing process of the Invisible Children community after Nate’s death.

Statistics

300+ artist ambassadors

35 national and international tours

$548,000 raised directly via national and international tours

Ben responded and the relationship between Mumford & Sons and Invisible Children began. They solidified their dedication in the spring of 2011 when they performed for our supporters at an event called “Break The Silence” in Austin, Texas. Ben spoke about Hannah’s note and the memorial video during the performance saying, “It just completely broke me, and ever since I just haven’t believed in anything more than what Invisible Children is doing.” The music of Mumford and Sons continues to soundtrack and inspire some of our most formative moments as an organization.

Mumford & Sons join Thrice, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Circa Survive, Delta Spirit, Paramore, Switchfoot, Frightened Rabbit and over a three hundred other artists who we’ve directly worked with to raise the profile of Joseph Kony and the LRA. The authentic connection between artists and their supporters is something we so value, and we look forward to working with many more musicians and their fans to see that the profile of Joseph Kony remains high.

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