What are we?

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



Our mission is to cultivate a global conversation about earth as a place to live, now and into the future, with the arts as a catalyst in understanding our natural and cultural environment.



These are the ways in which we are accomplishing our mission:

1. Learning and sharing. We learn by listening to stories told by people around the world about their activities, art, and music, their ideas, their relationships to their natural and cultural environments, and their lives.

2. Events. We organize Special Events such as concerts, festivals, and installations; and we produce and encourage our members to produce GetTogethers, informal meetings that bring people together, throughout the world. We document Special Events and GetTogethers and make the documentation available as one component in our global conversation.

3. Communication. We communicate what we do, and what our members do, through our website, email, social media, videos, ebooks, and realtime communication via the internet.



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 festivals in New York City. It reorganized as an independent organization in 2012. It is now an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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
Lise Brenner
Garth Paine
Maryann Perrone
Carla Scaletti
    Website, Associate Editor
Madeleine Shapiro