BILLBOARD: "STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW"

From the Editors: Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the staff organized this special “Open Letter to Congress” cover of Billboard.

With the help of leading gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety, editors reached out to those we cover in the music industry, and asked for their support and their signatures to help seek a sane and safe end to gun violence. Within minutes, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Lady Gaga shortly followed. Within hours, and then in a matter of just a few days, nearly 200 top artists and executives—pop stars (including Grimmie's friend Selena Gomez), rappers, rock gods, legends, Broadway heroes, even two Beatles and Yoko Ono—lent their voices to the chorus of Americans looking to our political leaders for change. Billboard, artists and music-industry executives join so many members of the House and Senate this week proudly advocating for common-sense gun safety.

 

An open letter to Congress:

Stop Gun Violence Now

As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change.

Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.

The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.

We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:

  • Require a background check for every gun sale
  • Block suspected terrorists from buying guns

Billboard and the undersigned implore you—the people who are elected to represent us—to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.

Sincerely,

Adam Lambert

Adam Leber Partner, Maverick

Adam Levin X Ambassadors

Akiva Schaeffer

Alan Gilbert NY Philharmonic

Alanis Morissette

Alex Pall The Chainsmokers

Alicia Keys

Andrew Bird

Andy Samberg

Angel Coleman

Avery Lipman

Barbra Streisand

Beck

Bill Kreutzmann Dead & Company

Billy Joel

Bo Koster My Morning Jacket

Bob Weir Dead & Company

Bonnie Raitt

Boyd Muir

Brad Delson Linkin Park

Bradford Cobb Partner, Direct Management Group

Brandon Creed Manager/The Creed Company

Brendon Urie Panic at the Disco

Britney Spears

Butch Walker

Calvin Harris

Cam

Cameron Strang Chairman/ CEO, Warner Bros. Records

Carl Broemel My Morning Jacket

Carole King

Casey Harris X Ambassadors

Charlie Puth

Charlie Walk

Cher

Chester Bennington Linkin Park

Christina Aguilera

Christina Perri

Chromeo

Conan O'Brien

Courtney Love

Craig Kallman Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group

Cyndi Lauper

Dan McCarroll President, Warner Bros. Records

Daniel Ek Co-Founder/CEO, Spotify

Daniel Glass Founder/President, Glassnote Entertainment Group/Insieme Music Publishing

Danny Bennett

Demi Lovato

Dina LaPolt Founder, LaPolt Law

Diplo

Doug Morris

Drew Taggart The Chainsmokers

Eddie Vedder Pearl Jam

Elle King

Ellen DeGeneres

Elvis Costello

Emily Robison Dixie Chicks

Eric Hutchinson

Faisel Durrani

Fher Olvera Maná

Glenn Kotche Wilco

Gregory Porter

Halsey

Iggy Pop

Irving Azoff Chairman/CEO, Azoff Madison Square Entertainment

Jack Antonoff

Jackson Browne

James Corden

James H. Gosnell President and CEO, APA

Jason Kupperman Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency

Jason Mraz

Jay Marciano COO, AEG; Chairman & CEO, AEG Live

Jean-Michel Jarre

Jeff Ament Pearl Jam

Jeff Chimenti Dead & Company

Jeff Tweedy Wilco

Jeffrey Harleston

Jennifer Lopez

Jeremy Zimmer CEO/Co-Founder, United Talent Agency

Jim James My Morning Jacket

Joan Jett

Jody Gerson

Joe Hahn Linkin Park

Joe Jonas

John Esposito PresIdent/CEO, Warner Music Nashville

John Janick

John Mellencamp

John Stirratt Wilco

Jorge Hernandez Los Tigres del Norte

Josh Groban

Julia Michaels

Julie Greenwald Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records Group

Justin Tranter

K.D. Lang

Kaskade

Katy Perry

Kelly Rowland

Kesha

Kevin Liles Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment

Kid Cudi

L.A. Reid

Lady Gaga

Lecrae

Lee Daniels Director; CEO, Lee Daniels Entertainment

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Sir Lucian Grainge

Lyor Cohen CEO/Founder, 300 Entertainment

Macklemore

Marc Geiger Partner/Head of Music, William Morris Endeavor

Mark Pinkus President, Rhino Entertainment

Mark Ronson

Martie Maguire Dixie Chicks

Martin Bandier

Martin Erlichman Manager, Barbra Streisand

Martin Kirkup Partner, Direct Management Group

Matisyahu

Matt Cameron Pearl Jam

Meghan Trainor

Melissa Etheridge

Michael Bublé

Michael Rapino President/CEO, Live Nation

Michael Stipe

Michele Anthony

Michelle Jubelirer

Mickey Hart Dead & Company

Mikael Jorgensen Wilco

Mike Caren CEO, Artist Partners Group; Creative Officer, Warner Music Group

Mike D

Mike Dungan

Mike McCready Pearl Jam

Mike Shinoda Linkin Park

Monte Lipman

Natalie Maines Dixie Chicks

Nate Reuss

Nels Cline Wilco

Nick Jonas

Nicky Jam

Pasquale Rotella CEO/Founder, Insomniac Events

Pat Monahan

Pat Sansone Wilco

Patrick Hallahan My Morning Jacket

Paul McCartney

Pete Wentz

Peter Edge

Peter Tork

Phil McIntyre CEO/Founder, Philymack

Prince Royce

Pusha T

Questlove

Ricky Martin

Ringo Starr

Rivers Cuomo

Rob Bourdon Linkin Park

Rob Light Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency

Rob Thomas

Roger Gold Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment

Rosanne Cash

Rufus Wainwright

Russell Simmons Hip Hop Mogul & Activist

Ryan Leslie Producer

Ryan Lewis

Sam Gores Chairman/CEO, Paradigm Talent Agency

Sam Harris X Ambassadors

Sara Bareilles

Scooter Braun Founder, SB Projects

Scott Borchetta President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group

Selena Gomez

Shakira

Sia

Stephen Cooper CEO, Warner Music Group

Steve Barnett

Steve Bartels

Steve Jensen Partner, Direct Management Group

Steve Levine Partner/Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts, ICM Partners

Stevie Nicks

Sting

Stone Gossard Pearl Jam

Stu Bergen CEO, International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Music Group

Talib Kweli

Terence Blanchard

Thom Yorke

Tim Westergren CEO, Pandora

Todd Moscowitz Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment

Tom Blankenship My Morning Jacket

Tom Corson

Tom Windish President, The Windish Agency

Tony Bennett

Tori Amos

Trent Reznor

Troye Sivan

Vic Mensa

Wayne Coyne

Yoko Ono

Zayn Malik

 

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