Erin Potts is a pioneer of several innovative social change strategies, a producer of award-winning cultural events and products, and an organizer of unusual–but potent–groups of change makers.
Erin’s work started in the 1990s when she co-founded the Milarepa Fund and the large-scale benefit concert series, the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, with the Beastie Boys. Since then, she has established and led several other nonprofits, including Revolutions Per Minute—a nonprofit agency that supports over 1,300 musicians and comedians making change and has become a model for artist engagement and cultural strategy.
Over her twenty-five year career of working with artists and nonprofits, Erin has raised $20 million for important causes, including earned income strategies that have resulted in over $12 million in revenue. Her work has been featured in Billboard and The New York Times, and she has been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award and the Charles Bronfman Prize.
Erin currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and two children. She continues her groundbreaking work as a consultant specializing in cultural and narrative strategies. She also runs a residency for artists and activists creating change.
Big projects I’ve led:
Parenting two crazy, wonderful children
Senior Fellow, Pop Culture Collaborative
Interview on PRI/ The World on Yauch's passing
PRI interview on music & social change
All Medium articles can be found here.
Culture Matters (author of chapter on earned income & cultural products)
The Many Crises of Nepal February 23, 2016
Happy Juneteenth! (And for those who don’t yet know about the important holiday, the tweet below is a good summary.) https://t.co/YugANnGCy3
amazed at the organizing of this, especially knowing that young people are at the center of it. https://t.co/UZwhBFqkJC
Elizabeth Warren’s dog, Bailey, is an official surrogate in her campaign. brilliant!! https://t.co/htGu5Rpenh
How to build for Resilience? Invest in Culture. https://t.co/HmJCx91IFT
Art as activism. https://t.co/ZbWvxarWhZ