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 TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, Rotary International, 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
- Crowdsourcing (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, etc.)
- Development, Fundraising, and "Friend-raising"
- Building Sustainable Communities
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 also designed one of the first accredited social media certificate programs in the United States.
Currently, he manages over 150 communication channels with a cumulative total of over one million followers and writes for publications with audiences exceeding 50 million readers.
You can find Simon's appearance schedule, writing, and current projects at: www.simontam.biz
Areas of Expertise
Marketing / Branding, Music, Business Development, Business Management, Entrepeneurship Development and Enablement, Philosophy (of language, person, religion), Religion & Spiritual matters, Logic & Philosophy , Audio / Video Engineering, Social Media (organisational development & learning)
An idea worth spreading
Give racism a chance - in other words, allow it to exist in order for it to be exposed, discussed, and fought against. Don't pretend that it's something from a bygone era - it is a daily reality for people of color and deserves attention.
I'm passionate about
Advocating for the underserved, the arts (especially spoken word and music), cross-cultural studies, philosophy & religion, literature, thought provoking debate, and food!
Talk to me about
Music, marketing, business development, Asian and Asian American issues, LGBTQ rights, and great food.
People don't know I'm good at
Cooking. I grew up with two professional chefs in the family!
My TED story
I first encountered TED, like many people, through watching one of the videos. The inspiration received was addicted! Since then, I've been subscribing and sharing videos, attending TED related events whenever possible, and supporting the speakers buy purchasing their books or looking into their organizations. And now, I've had the honor of speaking a TEDx event!