Is an original activist pop band based in New York City. Alyson Palmer (bass/vocals), Amy Ziff (cello/vocals), Elizabeth Ziff (guitar/vocals) have toured the world together, sharing their shimmering, tight harmonies and evocative songs for over 33 years. The band’s politics are as important to them as their upbeat, infectious, at times poignant at times hilarious stage show. They use music to fight for a world that is fair for all.
BETTY has made amazing music on stage and recordings with many of their musical heroes, including Sia, The B-52’s, Roberta Flack, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, Laurie Anderson, LeTigre, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Their music can be heard in films and on tv, including the global hit theme song to The L Word. The list of their artistic collaborations is long, including their upcoming performance in artist Darren Waterston’s reimagining of Whistler’s Peacock Room, Filthy Lucre, which they presented at Mass MOCA, the Smithsonian, and next at London’s V&A museum in 2020. That recording, as well as their original off-Broadway show soundtrack, BETTY Rules, directed by Michael Greif (RENT, Dear Evan Hanson) and the band’s nine other albums are available everywhere on iTunes and cdBaby.
BETTY: Girlband is the band’s fascinating podcast about life in underground pop music from the Reagan 80’s in bubbling Washington DC to New York’s 90’s music and art scene, to now. It can be found at helloBETTY.com/podcasts and all other pod spots.
In addition to playing music, BETTY created a non-profit with the help of equal rights leader, Gloria Steinem, called The BETTY Effect (thebettyeffect.org) that enables them to help promote self-advocacy through music and performance to women and girls, as well as LGBTQ people worldwide. They tour as Arts and Culture Envoys with the US State Department whenever Trump is looking the other way.
Follow BETTY on social media:
***The name BETTY is trademarked and always written in all capitals, like ABBA, MGMT and KISS. This is a feminist choice.***