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 music, sound, and the visual arts as our catalyst in presenting and understanding our natural and cultural environment.



Viewing our members as partners, these are the ways in which we accomplish our mission:

1. Learning and sharing. We learn by listening to music and sound art presented by partners around the world. We share stories and ideas about their activities and relationships to their natural and cultural environments.

2. 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 as one component in our global conversation.

3. Communication. With blog posts as a vehicle, our partners communicate what they do through our website, email, social media, and events. We work with our partners to ensure the quality of what we present and how we present it.



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