Battery Tour began with the work of artist and founder AY Young, who wanted to inspire individuals to recognize that they are ‘outlets’ for change -- ready to get 'plugged in’ to sustainability and clean energy solutions.
In 2012, AY undertook a self-funded tour, propelled by a fervent desire to use culture to amplify environmental justice and human rights issues. His mission was fueled by the reality that while touring, he would encounter communities deprived of reliable electricity and internet access. The stark reality of global energy inequality became palpable – 746 million people world-wide still don't have access to energy (Sustainable Energy for All and the United Nations).
So, he teamed up with engineers who built a portable solar battery capable of powering his audio and visual equipment.
Once his own performances were powered by renewable energy, he looked to getting that energy to the communities that needed it most. He began to use his music to raise money for "Sunshine Boxes" -- small solar powered devices that could charge phones and appliances --- and donated them to villages across the globe. To date, he's donated hundreds of boxes, charing more than 1 million phones.
This work built the core of Battery Tour's mission and vision. Through our 501c3 initiative Project 17, the organization is working to inspire and train other artists to do the same using the SDG's they are most passionate about.
AY YOUNG is a singer, songwriter, activist, and entrepreneur who uses his music to support global communities without access to electricity, model sustainability in his industry, and inspire global action. He's the founder and CEO of Battery Tour and a UN Youth Ambassador. Over the past 10 years, he has performed 900+ concerts internationally and has opened for artists like Wiz Khalifa, Shaggy, T-Pain, Flo-Rida, Timeflies, Wycelf Jean, Janelle Monae, The Roots, Matiyahu, Borgeous, Flux Pavilion, Lindsey Stirling, Vic Mensa, Porter Robinson, Odesza, and Michael Franti.