The Boston Globe | New album in hand, cellist Mike Block rallies musicians to play at the polls

Contemporary Improvisation faculty member Mike Block had the seed of an idea for how music could alleviate to "how stressful voting could be this year amid the combination of long lines, an ongoing pandemic, and the volatile political climate."

“[I thought], ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if I went down to the polling station and just played music all day for everyone who was voting?’”

Within a few days, he had launched Play for the Vote, and now includes hundreds of musicians participating in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

"Our goal is to increase voter turnout by creating a more positive voting experience for voters, and potential voters, to look forward to," says Block in the project's recruiting video for musicians.
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