Zöe Keating lost her husband and business partner in 2015, leaving the cellist extraordinaire a single mother. But what happened next was astonishing: Keating soldiered on, determined to continue her unlikely success as a touring and recording avant-garde classical cellist. But it was her fans that made it impossible for her to leave. Keating die-hards started donating heavily to their favorite artist, and cheering her on at packed shows.
But aside from her music and self-sustaining career, Keating is also an activist on Capitol Hill. Currently, she's stumping for the American Mechanical Licensing Collective (AMLC), a group that's taking on potentially serious conflicts of interest among major publishers like Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group.
(Also, Keating is asking anyone who's listening to vote on the upcoming MLC selection process with the U.S. Copyright Office. The link to comment is here: http://bit.ly/2ZjYCMH. Comment now, as the submissions process ends on April 22nd!)