About Unrig

Unrig Summit is the premier right-left summit to solve America’s political crisis. It’s the brightest minds from the right and left working together to unrig our broken system.

With more than 140 inspiring speakers and trainers, Members of Congress, live entertainment, and attendees from all 50 states, Unrig Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect directly with the most engaged and invested members of the democracy reform movement. Whether you’re looking to build your skills as an activist, learn more about specific policy solutions, or to connect with others from across the United States who are ready and working to unrig the system, Unrig has what you’re looking for.

Right now, corruption is legal in America. Lobbyists write our laws, big money controls our elections, and politicians are incentivized to care more about the people lining their pockets than those who elected them. At Unrig, organizers, activists, politicians, and everyday people from across the political spectrum gather to connect with peers, build their skills, and learn the issues … so we can win.

Since Unrig Summit 2018, participants have won 4 state laws or constitutional amendments to end gerrymandering (in MI, UT, CO, MO), restored the vote to 1.4M citizens in Florida, and led the largest wave of democracy reform victories since Watergate. Join us in Nashville to become a part of what’s next for this movement.

Unrigged Live! is our big Saturday night show – an evening of live music, stand-up comedy, and inspiring speakers. We’ll also be presenting The Courage Awards, recognizing the individuals who put it all on the line to fight for democracy. Presenters and speakers at last year’s Unrigged Live! included: Jennifer Lawrence, Professor and former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter, Florida voting rights advocate Desmond Meade, comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser, and Adam Yenser, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, and musical guests HoneyHoney and the legendary Preservation All Stars. Check out the full 2018 show on YouTube to get a taste of what’s in store for Nashville. The best part? Your ticket to Unrig Summit already includes full access to Unrigged Live! so you can just sit back and enjoy the show.

Every good idea begins with a spark. The Spark Stage is a place where democracy reform leaders from across America will deliver 5 minute, TED-style presentations to share inspiration and insights from their bold work making change. 2018 Spark Talks are collected in this YouTube playlist.

The Unrig Unconference is a pop-up summit within the Summit on Sunday morning. Up until Saturday at 2pm, any Unrig attendee can propose a session. By Sunday morning, and after a round of voting, the Unconference agenda is finalized and the winning presenters will lead trainings, talks and activities that have emerged directly from the Unrig community. More information on the Unconference, as well as instructions for submitting a proposal, is at unrigsummit.com/unconference/.

Program Logistics

Programming begins at 1pm Friday and ends at 2pm Sunday. Key programming is planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so please plan to attend all three days.

We will livestream all plenary sessions and our Saturday night show, Unrigged Live!. Following the Summit, all livestream and Spark Stage videos will be released on the website for those who can’t follow along in real time.

We have crafted participant guidelines to foster a productive conversation that we encourage all attendees to read. Please also review the code of conduct that incorporates relevant Music City Center rules and regulations.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Unrig Summit app, an interactive way to start planning for Unrig. The app is available to ticket-holders and is currently the only way to see the full Unrig Summit schedule. For more information, visit our Unrig Summit app page.

We will have technical support at registration during Unrig to assist you with downloading and accessing the app. You can also email us at unrig@represent.us with any questions or help accessing the app.

Tickets are fully refundable up to 7 days before the Summit. The last day to request a refund is Friday, March 22. To request a refund, please email unrig@represent.us or submit a refund request through Eventbrite.

Facilities

All Summit panels and workshops will take place at the Music City Center, Nashville’s state-of-the-art convention center located in the heart of downtown. The majority of the Summit will take place on the 2nd floor, while our Saturday night event will take place at Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom, on the 4th floor of the Music City Center.

The Music City Center (MCC) is committed to accommodating the needs of individuals with disabilities. The MCC complies with all federal ADA laws.  Our panels and workshops will have flexible seating and room monitors will be instructed to reserve space at the front of each room for accessibility. If you anticipate needing any accommodations, please email unrig@represent.us and someone from our staff will follow up with you.

All attendees of Unrig should utilize the entrance to Nashville Music City Center located at the intersection of 6th Ave. and Demonbreun St. Doors open at 11:00 AM on March 29th and 8:00 AM March 30-31, and the building will close 30 minutes after the final session/event of the day.

Adjacent to the badge pick up desk, there will be a fully serviced coat and bag check on Sunday only. The bag check will be open beginning at 8:30AM and will close at 3:00 PM. Unrig is not responsible for any baggage left behind after the baggage check closes.

The bag check will be staffed by the in house catering staff.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need lots of volunteers! It will be a fantastic chance to be at the epicenter of the anti-corruption movement as well as explore the city of music. To learn more and sign up, check out this page: unrigsummit.com/volunteer/.

You will provide you with a full three-day pass entirely COST FREE! That’s a $355 value at full price, and it includes Unrigged Live (that’s our showcase Saturday night entertainment event, which was hosted by Jennifer Lawrence last year- and this year she is back)! To receive the full three-day pass, you must commit to either two half shifts (4 hours each) or to one full shift (7 hours long).

We will not be able to cover your lodging or transportation to Nashville. We also will not be able to cover all of your meals, and outside food is not allowed in the convention area. We recommend eating a large meal right before or right after your shift. And we will give you breaks to go grab snacks from the vending machines! Coffee, tea, and water will be provided, as well as lunch on Saturday.

There are tons of tasks we need our volunteers for, and we want you to take on a role that you are excited about and comfortable in. Some of these tasks include:

  • Room set-up and break-down
  • Customer service
  • Stage management
  • Stage technology (i.e. lighting, sound)
  • Film production
  • Photography (DSLR preferred)
  • Photography editing
  • Videography
  • Video editing
  • and more!

Absolutely! Feel free to share our registration form with anyone you know who would want to volunteer with us. Direct them to unrigsummit.com/volunteer/ to sign up!

unrigsummit.com/volunteer/. Once you sign up, we will be in touch with registration instructions and shift assignments to choose from.

Lodging

We have discounted rooms available at the Hampton Inn Vanderbilt West End hotel on Friday and Saturday night, which offers an on-demand shuttle to and from the Music City Center. (Be sure to use this link in order to get the discounted rates!) Hotel rooms are available until March 8 or until the block fills up, whichever comes first.

The Hampton Inn is near Vanderbilt but has an on-demand shuttle to downtown available from 7am-11pm Friday-Sunday.

While we do not have a formal roommate matching system, you can join our Unrig Facebook Group to connect with other Summit attendees and post to find someone else looking to share a room. Another great option for discounted accommodation is the Downtown Nashville Hostel, which has shared dorm rooms available. You can find a bunch of additional tips and recommendations in this guide to Unrig Summit on a Budget.

Transportation

Nashville’s Music City Center is located in the heart of downtown and can be easily accessed by foot, car, or by the Music City Circuit, a free shuttle bus serving downtown Nashville. For route maps and more information about the Music City Circuit, please visit the Metro Transit Authority page. For other transportation options, please refer to the Nashville Travel & Transportation Information page. Major rideshare apps are also active in Nashville.

Nashville International Airport is a 20 minute drive from downtown. Travel to and from the airport via car (by taxi, Uber/Lyft, or rental car) or Nashville’s “WeGo Public Transit” bus system. For details on airport ground transportation, click here. For information on Nashville’s bus line, click here. Bus 18 runs from the airport to the Music City Center (at the 8th Ave. & Demonbreun St. stop).

There is a parking garage in the Music City Center and more affordable public city parking all around the venue.

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