Why The March
Why The #99MileMarch
In honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, the Occupy Guitarmy is spearheading the greatest music march ever attempted on US soil - the #99MileMarch. Following the conclusion of the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia, PA on July 5, musicians and activists from across the country will embark on a 99 mile journey of song from Philadelphia to New York City.
Along the seven day journey, the Occupy Guitarmy will make stops within local communities to teach songs, discuss issues facing local residents, and perform with local musicians. The goal will be to ignite a spark of creativity and passion among all present to use music as a tool for both community building and civic engagement.
Non-marching supporters will be able to contribute to the success of the #99MileMarch by pledging monetary donations for every mile that the Occupy Guitarmy successfully completes.
All funds raised at the conclusion of the event will go to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a national non-profit that helps put music programs back into public schools that have lost them due to federal and state budget cuts.