Grassroots Network

Part of our collective mission is to highlight the groups we’re supporting in many different ways—on Sonos’ website, via social media, on our blog, and in our retail stores. Stay tuned for stories and updates about some incredible activists and community leaders who are working to promote and protect music in our communities day in and day out. We hope to foster engagement between our customers and our network, so you can use this page as a resource to get involved directly.

Summer 2017: Listen Better Inaugural Grants

Our inaugural round of grants, totaling $15,000 each, will support these six organizations in their important work. Read more about each of these amazing groups and how you can get involved.

Access Now
New York, NY

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. They work to combine innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support and fight for open and secure communications for all.

Access Now’s policy work focuses on developing and promoting rights-respecting practices and policies. The group seeks to advance laws and global norms to affect long-term systemic change in the area of digital rights and online security, developing insightful, rights-based, and well-researched policy guidance to governments, corporations, and civil society.

In advocacy, Access Now leverages deep user engagement, bold visual advocacy, and innovative campaign tactics. Their campaigns bring our policy positions and advocacy asks straight to the halls of parliaments and corporate boardrooms, package and deliver secure technologies to protect users at risk, and mobilize global internet users to pressure the powerful. Access Now also provides technology solutions and real-time advice for users at risk in circumstances where communications are not open, free, or safe.

Article 19
London, UK

ARTICLE 19 is a British human rights organization founded in 1987 with a specific mandate and focus on the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide. The group campaign in collaboration with partners around the world for the right to exercise these rights. Priorities include:

  • Working on behalf of freedom of expression wherever it is threatened. This work includes monitoring, research, publishing, advocacy, campaigning, setting standards and litigation
  • Advising on the development of legislation to protect freedom of expression and freedom of information in countries emerging from conflict, war and genocide
  • Campaigning to safeguard pluralism, independence and diversity of views in the media
  • Championing freedom of expression, including freedom of information, as a fundamental human right that is central to the protection of other rights
  • Advocating for freedom of information legislation to ensure transparency and to strengthen citizens' participation

Freemuse
Copenhagen, Denmark

Freemuse believes that art is not a crime. We are an international human rights organisation advocating for and defending freedom of expression by people who create art in any form, as well as those who wish to enjoy and experience artistic and cultural expression. We advocate for these freedoms and on behalf of targeted artists and audiences through campaigns, actions and projects that seek to protect these values and hold groups accountable who are obligated to provide a safe environment for artistic creation and experience.

Freemuse began its journey in 1998 when it specifically focused on music and the censorship of musicians at a time when there was no organisation shedding light on these issues. We have since expanded our mandate to cover all art forms. Freemuse also holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), providing research and guidance on artistic freedom issues globally.

Creative Time
New York, NY

Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Their work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.

Creative Time is acclaimed for the innovative and meaningful projects we have commissioned, from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to bus ads promoting HIV awareness, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and much more. They are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.

Future of Music Coalition
Washington, DC

Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work.

Music is about more than commerce and entertainment—it’s about community-building and creative communication.  At a time when free expression faces new threats, it’s more important than ever to make sure diverse artists have the ability to express themselves freely, reach audiences, and build sustainable careers, from the studio to the stage and beyond.

FMC works toward this goal through original research, educational resources that help artists navigate changing business models, and direct advocacy to ensure that musicians’ voices are heard on the full range of issues that impact their lives and livelihoods.  From free expression to affordable health care, from arts funding to net neutrality, from copyright to media ownership, FMC is an independent voice for musicians of all genres.

Index on Censorship
London, UK

Index on Censorship is an nonprofit that campaigns for and defends the fundamental right to freedom of expression worldwide. We publish work by censored writers and artists, promote debate, and monitor threats to free speech. Index directly supports groups and individuals facing censorship through our campaigns and our Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship.