What are we?

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



Our mission is to create an interactive and dynamic global network of artists, activists, and public to share and exchange information, ideas, music, art, and stories that relate to our natural and cultural environments.



We believe that the best way to address cultural and environmental conflict is through a global conversation. We are creating and maintaining a global conversation through a focus on our projects and interaction with our members' projects.

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 cultural and natural environments, and their lives. We share what we learn by producing events based on their stories, by creating media, and by bringing them into our global conversation.

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. Global conversation. 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 was re-organized as an independent non-profit organization in New York State in 2012.

Ear to the Earth came alive on October 6, 2006, as a program of Electronic Music Foundation. The opening words, said at the start of our first festival in New York City, 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



Lise Brenner
Garth Paine
Maryann Perrone
    Project Director
    'This is our neighborhood'
Carla Scaletti
    Website, Associate Editor
Madeleine Shapiro