“The Bay Area is known for its vibrant creative culture and community activism. With a legacy entrenched in the hippie and activist movement of the 60′s, the Bay is a hotbed of creativity. There are people in the metropolitan area who go above and beyond the call of simply supporting their favorite local artist at concerts and buying music, but are so passionate about art and community that their “free time” is spent working towards bringing people and art together.” (Always More to Hear)

NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women;  end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

The Mission Arts & Performance Project is a bi-monthly, multidisciplinary, intercultural community arts event that takes place in the south-east neighborhood of the Mission District of San Francisco. The MAPP connects visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers/choreographers, filmmakers, playwrights, and other artists, in an on-going collaboration with community organizations and local residents, placing art & performance on the street level through the use of alternative spaces such as private garages, gardens, living rooms, studios, street corners and small businesses, to manifest a non-centralized intercultural arts happening. By transforming unlikely spaces into forums of creative exchange, The MAPP demonstrates how an integrated arts festival doesn’t require an expansive budget, outside funding and commercial marketing strategies, but can happen through the inspired efforts of artists and community members working together with a unified and inclusive vision. Through this process the arts come to be seen and understood more widely and deeply as vibrant, vital and irreplaceable force, necessary to the health of our society.

BISS Entertainment is a San Francisco-based artist management company focusing on local booking and management for quality Bay Area artists in many genres. BISS promotes and presents shows at numerous venues including The Independent, The Fillmore, The Warfield, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, Yoshi’s, Red Devil, Boom Boom Room and Pier 23. They also produce the BISS List, a weekly newsletter that reaches 6000 subscribers through email and social networking sites. BISS List highlights great live music and other events in the San Francisco Bay Area, personally recommended by the BISS independent crew of die hard local music fans. Get out and support the live music scene. Why? Because I Said So!

Blue Bear School of Music is San Francisco’s leading destination for aspiring musicians of all ages and all skill levels who want to enjoy learning and playing rock, blues, jazz, folk or pop. A nonprofit organization founded in San Francisco in 1971, Blue Bear is a place where learning and playing popular music is fun and affordable, where people come together who love music, and where each student’s unique talents and goals are recognized and supported. Blue Bear’s mission is to provide superior quality and affordable popular music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive and encouraging community.

West Coast Songwriters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. Founded in 1979, WCS has grown into one of the most active music association in the USA, offering more than 20 events per month. Whether your goal is personal expression or to make a living in the music industry, knowing how to write, or recognize a well crafted song is key to your success. At WCS, members establish important relationships, both professionally and personally, that enhance and accelerate their development. Music ceases to be a solitary pursuit and becomes a shared endeavor through the focus, feedback, collaboration, contacts/networking and support that WCS provides.                                        MISSION STATEMENT: To Foster Creativity, Build Community and Provide Opportunity for Music; Career Development through Education and Connection.

Created for and by music lovers, Bay Vibes proves to be a fast-growing community of great musicians and artists with a fresh and yet old-school approach to supporting local music. Mission: to further expose, build, and unify the Bay Area’s artist community and to continuously support multi-genre local bands. In its third year, Bay Vibes is a locally-driven and oriented event company with excellent ties to the real and online communities. Bay Vibes encourages all interested folks to come and enjoy current events throughout the city, and features stellar shows at Yoshi’s SF, including: Songwriter SundaysLate Night Live Tuesdays, and Global Movement Wednesdays.

Webos TV is an online-based channel that promotes new and independent media, portraying the diverse spectrum of Latino life. All programs are woven into three guiding principles: community participation, cultural empowerment and leadership development. Webos TV takes pride in playing an important advocacy role by drawing attention to vital community issues often ignored by the mainstream media such as immigrant rights, anti-war and LGBT issues. These programs are planned, filmed and produced by unpaid young adults. The goal of this project is to empowert minorities, in particular the Latino community by giving visibility to cultural, political and artistic projects happening in Northern California, mainly in the Bay Area.

Artfulchange is a collaboration of artists and environmentalists. They seek to construct thoughtful alliances in hopes of solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. They utilize the arts as a catalyst for social change. Their aim is to provide opportunities to everyone to incorporate activism into their lives in the framework they have constructed. Main objectives:  AWARENESS and ACTION.

Seaweed Sway is an evolving project by Jessie Woletz & friends, with an intention to encourage, cultivate, & support community through music, yoga, & nature events. Both it and Woletz have, in a very short period of time, become pillars of the San Francisco music scene. Seaweed Sway is about bringing people together. Shows often include community-building elements like pre-show picnics, interactive games and potlucks. Seaweed Sway presents a showcase of mostly local music at the Make-Out Room every 3rd Sunday and also teams up once a month, on or very close to the full moon, with Chasing the Moon for a screening of their most recent video podcast. This usually takes place at Viracocha.

Local 365 is an inter-arts collective facilitating creative collaborations between artists & musicians, celebrating the eclectic tastes of local audiences & the flourishing creative culture of the SF Bay Area! Created to nurture community, collaboration, and cohesion within the local arts and music scene, Local 365 brings together some of SF’s finest artists and musicians to collaborate and inspire each others’ work while making San Francisco’s creative culture more visible and accessible to the public! Showcase events feature works of art that are created at and inspired by numerous live performances going down in and around SF now and over the past several years. Local 365 also takes an active roll in local creative arts education, working with many professional artists and musicians who also teach their craft in local schools.

Moulton Media is an electronic music based creation center located in the heart of San Francisco. Established in the year 2000, M2 is a collection of independent music producers, dj’s, engineers, aggregators, event promoters, graphic artists and general music industry entrepreneurs. M2 seeks to create a bridge between those of us with history, knowledge, contacts and experience with the next generation of DJ’s, producers, promoters and those who have a true passion for electronic music. With todays technology innovations, creating and sharing and connecting with each other around music has never been more accessible. The amount of music, DJ’s, events and information is staggering. With that comes the need to learn these tools and techniques and to learn them fast. Tools for making and shaping music are greater then they have ever been. Learning real world ways to use them have not kept pace. Often those experiences in learning are either expensive or time consuming. M2 hosts a series of free monthly/bi-monthly workshops, discussion groups and various events at it’s facility in SF.

La Bohemia is an event production and promotion project cultivating spaces for the arts in the Bay Area! It seeks to provide an alternative venue for singer-songwriter and independent music from Latin-American communities and other communities that live, struggle and share histories with us.

Mission: Cultivate the arts to plant seeds of change.

Goals: Preserve the rich music legacy contained within the walls of 2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito; Cultivate our music artist relationships and create opportunities for music artists to collaborate with artists of all disciplines;
Plant seeds of change through Community Service grants and outreach programs that support music and arts education in the Bay Area and beyond. The Plant Studios’ Artsboretum project is rooted in our experience that music and the arts have the power to bring people together, bridge gaps to understanding and raise much needed funding for good causes. Artsboretum is a project of the International Humanities Center, a 501 c 3 Charitable Trust.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration. It is a place where girls learn to play instruments, form bands, and write and perform their own music in a supportive environment of female instructors and mentors. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities and performance, girls acquire skills that help guide them throughout their lives.

Ladies Rock Camp is a 3-day musical adventure, bringing women together to let loose and rock out! Women from all levels of musical experience and from different walks of life get the reknowned Girls Rock Camp experience–instrument lessons, songwriting, band practice, and empowering workshops, all culminating in a showcase performance of the original music made over the weekend at a live music venue. All proceeds support the Financial Aid Fund for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, allowing girls from low-income families to attend Summer Camp and Girls Rock After School Program.