What are we?

Ear to the Earth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in New York City.



Our mission is to illuminate issues relating to our natural and cultural environments.



We are creating a global network of participants, students, artists, and activists.

We are presenting their ideas and works in words, sound, image, and media, and we are communicating through our website, email, social media, and events.

We organize Special Events such as concerts, festivals, and installations; and we produce and encourage our partners to produce GetTogethers, informal meetings that bring people together throughout the world. We document Special Events and GetTogethers and make the documentations available to any interested person worldwide.



As a brief historical summary, Ear to the Earth, founded by Joel Chadabe, started as a program of Electronic Music Foundation in 2006. Its primary activity was the production of environmentally-based festivals in New York City. It reorganized as an independent organization in 2012. Ear to the Earth is now an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based on New York.

The first festival began on October 6, 2006 at 3 Legged Dog in New York. The opening words were by Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Recounting her research, she presented evidence that the environmental changes taking place on the planet were not ordinary and not part of a normal cycle ... More


The first festivals

To hear the sounds and see the images of the first group of festivals, produced by Electronic Music Foundation between 2006 and 2013 ... Go here



Who are we?

Who are these people? Go here


Board of Directors

Joel Chadabe, Founder, President
    Website, Editor
Tom Beyer, Vice President
    Media, Distributed Performance
Leah Barclay, Vice President
Agnieszka Roginska, Secretary
William Blakeney
Ricardo Dal Farra
Bernie Krause



Balance / Unbalance
One Earth Conservation
Rainforest Partnership
World Music Institute



Peter Beyls
    Editorial Group
Lise Brenner
    Friend Without Portfolio
Carla Scaletti
    Website, Associate Editor
Madeleine Shapiro
    Music Group