Concerts for Indigent Defense show solidarity across music communities nationwide, in support of this badly neglected Constitutional right to counsel. Concerts for Indigent Defense are not fundraisers. They proceed like any other gig, with no money flowing any differently. Musicians contract with the club, receive regular pay, etc. Musicians without scheduled gigs that night are encouraged to participate in other ways: by sitting in with friends, doing a smaller thing locally, releasing a video or song… whatever works.
Concerts for Indigent Defense is a declaration by musicians – on the anniversary of the decision in Gideon v. Wainwright – that the Constitutional right to counsel must be respected. Concerts for Indigent Defense strongly publicizes these shows through a website and social & traditional media nationwide, to educate the public about the issue and invite them to the shows.