With the National Association for Public Defense, we are well on our way to celebrating Gideon’s 60th anniversary on the weekend of March 18, 2023, with live Concerts for Indigent Defense in across the entire country.

Join us in making this happen where you live!
– Identify interested musicians where you are
– Collaborate on outreach, website, and more
– Develop support materials for defenders across the country

And note, these Concerts are not fundraisers; they’re power-builders through collective action

Concerts for Indigent Defense engages the public, through live music, to celebrate and support the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous 1963 opinion in Gideon v. Wainwright which declared the right to counsel a fundamental constitutional right.

Catalyzing Power for Justice

Our Mission:

Supporting the constitutional right to counsel for everyone in America

Concerts for Indigent Defense unites us in respect for the Constitution. It provides a platform for us all to come together, to call for – and strengthen – respect for this constitutional right.

Because if the criminal process starts with disrespect for the Constitution, what can we say about criminal justice in America?

John Thompson, Concerts for Indigent Defense: New Orleans 2017 Co-Producer, death row exoneree, and driving force for justice, whose spirit will always power our work

Celebrate Gideon together this year, nationwide!

Please join musicians, public defenders, and others across the country for a nationwide celebration of the importance of the constitutional right to counsel; the people that make it real; and the important impacts it has on people, justice, and the country we live in.

Please sign up below to connect with us, and support this collective effort to present live Concerts for Indigent Defense in states across the country, to secure broad public and political for a very American concept: Fundamental justice for all in our criminal justice system, which starts with respect for the constitutional right to counsel.

(And we promise, no emails will be shared, sold, or otherwise exploited for other purposes. That’s not how Concerts for Indigent Defense rolls…)

Countdown To The Show

March 30, 2022 @ 10:00pm EST – Virtual Show at ConcertsforIndigentDefense.org


Show may be cancelled due to weather, we will post more updates as we have them!

Concerts for Indigent Defense video montage celebrating the 59th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright