Bio

Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and social justice activist.

Simon is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His approach to activism through the arts has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 82 countries, including: BBC World News, NPR, TIME Magazine, MTV, CBS, and the Wall Street Journal.

Since 2000, he has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at events and organizations such as SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, PennLaw, UC Berkeley, Rotary International, the National Association for Campus Activities, and over 1,200 others across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Simon frequently speaks on topics such as:
- Diversity, Education, and Equity Issues
- Strategic Communications
- Social Media Marketing
- Strategic Partnerships, Sponsorships, and Endorsements
- “Organic” Marketing
- Activism and the Arts
- Intellectual Property Law
- Breaking Into the Music Industry
- Development, Fundraising, and “Friend-raising”

He has won numerous accolades for his music, activism, non-profit leadership, and commitment to fight for underserved communities.

Most recently, Simon has led the strategic communications efforts of two of Oregon’s largest higher education institutions, winning him over a dozen awards in traditional and social media marketing while serving over 130,000 students across the Northwest. He manages over 150 digital communication channels with a cumulative total of over one million followers.

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