Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is ‘Give a Home’?

    ‘Give a Home’ is a first-of-its-kind global day of live music events taking place in people’s homes, in which 1,000 musicians will perform at over 300 concerts in more than 200 cities globally. The event takes place on 20 September, and will bring together musicians, refugees,and music fans in the aim of uniting people to welcome refugees – because we all deserve a home, not just the memory of one.

    This is no ordinary charity gig – it’s an unprecedented global celebration of music and community, and a chance for people to come together and decisively show that we welcome refugees.

    How can I apply for tickets?

    Fans will have an opportunity to win up to two tickets to the act of their choice by selecting the city or act of their choice. While they are encouraged to make a donation, this is not compulsory. The money raised will go to Amnesty and our efforts to combat the global refugee crisis.

    Why is there a ‘secret line-up’ for some cities, and artists listed for others?

    Because who doesn’t want a bit more mystery in their life? JK. We’ll be adding more Artists to these lineups and you’ll be able to see all the Artists performing at all the shows by August.

    Can I apply for more than one show?

    Yes! As many as you like actually. You can donate more than once as well

    When is the latest that I can apply for tickets?

    The competition for tickets closes on 10 September, 2017

    When and how will i find out if i’ve won an invite?

    We will notify you between 10 September and 17 September if you’ve won an invite. You will have 24hrs to confirm your attendance otherwise your invite will be sent to someone else instead.

    If you can’t make it please let us know and we can also then give your place to somebody else.

    I can’t make it! Can i send somebody in my place?

    Email us at info@sofarsounds.com (or click the ‘?’ on the bottom right of this page) and we might be able to help.

    How do i know where i’m going?

    Once you’ve confirmed your place we will send you the full secret address details.

    What do concerts in people’s homes have to do with refugees?

    We live in a time where our leaders aren’t just backtracking on their commitments to supporting and respecting the rights of refugees, but actively seeking to demonize and scapegoat them. We need to come together in a big way to reject these forces of fear and division.

    That is why this World Refugee Day we are announcing the Give a Home concerts. Over 24hours, thousands of people will be able to gather at the concerts, or watch online, in hundreds of cities, in over 60 countries around the world. They will be coming together at intimate gigs – literally in someone’s living room – all in solidarity with people for whom going home is not an option. People who now, more than ever, need somewhere to feel at home.

    The concerts will not only be an opportunity for people to unite and show solidarity, we hope they will give people a chance to learn and be inspired by the actions others are taking to help refugees.

    How will you use the money raised from the concerts?

    The money raised from the concerts will go towards Amnesty’s work on protecting and championing human rights, including that of refugees and migrants.

    How is Amnesty International helping refugees?

    Amnesty has championed the human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants for decades. We work to make sure governments honour their responsibility to protect their rights, condemning any policies and practices that undermine them.

    One example is making sure countries don’t outsource their border controls – essentially paying another country to stop people reaching their borders. Another problem is when governments don’t process people’s asylum claims properly, leaving them in limbo – sometimes even in detention – for years. We also want to make sure migrants are protected from being exploited and abused by their employers or by traffickers.

    During major global summits and through national level advocacy, we have held governments accountable for their commitments to receive more refugees through resettlement and other admission pathways.

    Our campaigning on the forced returns of refugees to Somalia from Dadaab, Kenya – the largest refugee camp in the world – has contributed to exposing the involuntary nature of the returns. Amnesty International intervened in a court case that was successful in blocking the closure of Dadaab camp on constitutional grounds.

    Our investigations of Australia’s abusive offshore processing policy of refugees and asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru – which has resulted in children being pushed to suicide - has led to international condemnation of Australia. Following a landmark settlement in June, the Australian government is now being forced to pay more than $50 million USD in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

    We continue to expose the appalling conditions of refugees trapped in Greece and to call on EU member states to share responsibility for hosting refugees.

    The Amnesty International movement has been actively campaigning against President’s Trump's Executive Orders, policies which are already having a serious impact on some of the most vulnerable refugees from Muslim-majority countries as well as on people fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA).

    To find out more about Amnesty International’s work, visit here.