MTV’s digital series “Rebel Music” is coming back for a second season on April 30.
The documentary series follows young artists who create in environments of oppression and corruption. MTV World is partnering with Amnesty International so that the latter can help distribute the series while publicizing its Art for Amnesty program, which helps connect people to musicians with freedom-supporting messages.
Season two of “Rebel Music” will appear on MTV’s YouTube page. It spans six, half-hour episodes, which will showcase musicians in Iran, Venezuela, Myanmar, Turkey, Senegal, and Native American communities in the US. Episodes also have an educational, interactive element. At RebelMusic.com/edu, you can find lesson plans to go with each installment, so that teachers can screen the series in their classrooms and teach to them.
In addition the web series, MTV and Amnesty International are partnering on a contest called “Rebel with a Cause.” Artists can submit their work to “Rebel Music”’s Tumblr, and for every submission, MTV will donate $1 to Amnesty International. Winners will appear on “Rebel Music,” MTV, and Art for Amnesty’s social platforms, while the ultimate winner gets $1,000 to keep documenting their work (along with a poster signed by artist Shepard Fairey).
The first season took viewers to Mexico, Mali, Egypt, Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine. MTV’s installment “Rebel Music: Native America” ended up getting screened at the White House.
“Rebel Music” is executive produced by street artist Shepard Fairey, philanthropist David Sable, and Against Me! singer/songwriter, Laura Jane Grace, who also serves as music director.