In the early hours of June 13, 49 people were killed during Latin night at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida by a man who legally purchased an assault rifle despite his being on an FBI terror watchlist. Days earlier, an obsessed fan shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie during a post-concert autograph session. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered.

Earlier this week, the Senate failed to pass four separate gun control measures, prompting House Democrats to stage a (still-ongoing as of this posting) sit-in, pushing for a vote on a controversial gun control measure. Today, some 200 artists — icons like Joan Jett and Sting, pop stars like Lady Gaga and Kesha, hip-hop statesmen like Vic Mensa and Questlove, even the unlikely trio of ex-Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the woman blamed for the bands dissolution Yoko Ono — along with industry execs and Billboard magazine (whose editors organized the effort) published an open letter in a very special issue of Billboard seeking a sane and safe end to gun violence.

An open letter to Congress:

Stop Gun Violence Now

As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change.Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:

  • Require a background check for every gun sale
  • Block suspected terrorists from buying guns

Billboard and the undersigned implore you—the people who are elected to represent us—to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.


Adam Lambert
Alan Gilbert, NY Philharmonic
Andrew Bird
Barbra Streisand
Bo Koster, My Morning Jacket
Brad Delson, Linkin Park
Britney Spears
Cameron Strang, Chairman/ CEO, Warner Bros. Records
Charlie Puth
Christina Aguilera
Courtney Love
Daniel Ek, Co-Founder/CEO, Spotify
Dina LaPolt, Founder, LaPolt Law
Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam
Emily Robison, Dixie Chicks
Glenn Kotche, Wilco
Irving Azoff, Chairman/CEO, Azoff Madison Square Entertainment
James H. Gosnell, President and CEO, APA
Jean-Michel Jarre
Jeffrey Harleston
Joan Jet
John Esposito, PresIdent/CEO, Warner Music Nashville
Jorge Hernandez, Los Tigres del Norte
Justin Tranter
Kelly Rowland
L.A. Reid
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Marc Geiger, Partner/Head of Music, William Morris Endeavor
Martin Bandier
Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam
Michael Rapino, President/CEO, Live Nation
Mickey Hart, Dead & Company
Mike Dungan
Natalie Maines, Dixie Chicks
Nicky Jam
Patrick Hallahan, My Morning Jacket
Peter Tork
Rob Bourdon, Linkin Park
Rosanne Cash
Ryan Lewis
Scooter Braun, Founder, SB Projects
Steve Bartels
Terence Blanchard
Tom Blankenship, My Morning Jacket
Tori Amos
Wayne Coyne
Adam Leber, Partner, Maverick
Alanis Morissette
Andy Samberg
Bob Weir, Dead & Company
Bradford Cobb, Partner, Direct Management Group
Butch Walker
Carl Broemel, My Morning Jacket
Charlie Walk
Christina Perri
Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group
Daniel Glass, Founder/President, Glassnote Entertainment Group/Insieme Music Publishing
Elle King
Eric Hutchinson
Gregory Porter
Jack Antonoff
Jason Kupperman, Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam
Jennifer Lopez
Jody Gerson
John Janick
Josh Groban
K.D. Lang
Lady Gaga
Sir Lucian Grainge
Mark Pinkus, President, Rhino Entertainment
Martin Erlichman, Manager, Barbra Streisand
Meghan Trainor
Michael Stipe
Mikael Jorgensen, Wilco
Mike McCready, Pearl Jam
Nate Reuss
Pasquale Rotella CEO/Founder, Insomniac Events
Paul McCartney
Phil McIntyre, CEO/Founder, Philymack
Ricky Martin
Rob Light, Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency
Rufus Wainwright
Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO, Paradigm Talent Agency
Steve Jensen, Partner, Direct Management Group
Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam
Thom Yorke
Tom Corson
Trent Reznor
Yoko Ono
Adam Levin, X Ambassadors
Alex Pall, The Chainsmokers
Angel Coleman
Bill Kreutzmann, Dead & Company
Bonnie Raitt
Brandon Creed, Manager/The Creed Company
Calvin Harris
Carole King
Cyndi Lauper
Danny Bennett
Doug Morris
Ellen DeGeneres
Faisel Durrani
Jackson Browne
Jason Mraz
Jeff Chimenti, Dead & Company
Jeremy Zimmer, CEO/Co-Founder, United Talent Agency
Joe Hahn, Linkin Park
John Mellencamp
Julia Michaels
Kevin Liles, Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment
Lyor Cohen, CEO/Founder, 300 Entertainment
Mark Ronson
Martin Kirkup, Partner, Direct Management Group
Melissa Etheridge
Michele Anthony
Mike Caren, CEO, Artist Partners Group; Creative Officer, Warner Music Group
Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park
Nels Cline, Wilco
Pat Monahan
Pete Wentz
Prince Royce
Ringo Starr
Rob Thomas
Russell Simmons, Hip Hop Mogul & Activist
Sam Harris, X Ambassadors
Scott Borchetta, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group
Stephen Cooper, CEO, Warner Music Group
Steve Levine, Partner/Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts, ICM Partners
Stu Bergen, CEO, International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Music Group
Tim Westergren, CEO, Pandora
Tom Windish, President, The Windish Agency
Troye Sivan
Akiva Schaeffer
Alicia Keys
Avery Lipman
Billy Joel
Boyd Muir
Brendon Urie, Panic at the Disco
Casey Harris, X Ambassadors
Chester Bennington, Linkin Park
Conan O’Brien
Dan McCarroll, President, Warner Bros. Records
Demi Lovato Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers
Elvis Costello
Fher Olvera, Maná
Iggy Pop
James Corden
Jay Marciano, COO, AEG; Chairman & CEO, AEG Live
Jeff Tweedy, Wilco
Jim James, My Morning Jacket
Joe Jonas
John Stirratt, Wilco
Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records Group
Katy Perry
Kid Cudi
Lee Daniels, Director; CEO, Lee Daniels Entertainment
Martie Maguire, Dixie Chicks
Michael Buble
Michelle Jubelirer
Mike D
Monte Lipman
Nick Jonas
Pat Sansone, Wilco
Peter Edge
Pusha T
Rivers Cuomo
Roger Gold, Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment
Ryan Leslie, Producer
Sara Bareilles
Selena Gomez
Steve Barnett
Stevie Nicks
Talib Kweli
Todd Moscowitz, Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment
Tony Bennett
Vic Mensa
Zayn Malik