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Philadelphia's Creative Community Announces: Philly Culture United LIVE
A Virtual Fundraiser to Fund Microgrants for Black Artists & Gig Workers in Philly, Streaming live on October 1, 2020
By: Philly Culture United
Philly Culture United Live is a collaborative project made possible by REC Philly, Our People Entertainment, Alist & Co., We The People Stage, 30amp, RedBull, Captured Creative Agency, MidAtlantic FX, Visit Philadelphia, Live Nation Philadelphia, and Nugs.tv. The event will highlight the immediate need to support Philadelphia's rich creative economy, which despite driving $3.4 billion of economic impact and creating more than 37,000 full-time jobs, now faces major funding cuts per the 2021 City budget.
"This event is important to REC as our mission is especially important to uphold in this time when our local government is divesting from the arts and culture sector, showing a clear misunderstanding or undervaluing of the positive impact created by these artists and cultural organizations,"
The virtual event will also feature some of the city's most prolific members of the creative ecosystem, including legendary songwriter and producer Kenny Gamble of Gamble and Huff, radio host Wendy Rollins, DJ Diamond Kutz, jazz musician Gerald Veasley, producer duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias, singer and songwriter Laurin Talese, rapper and producer Ivy Sole, performing artist Brianna Cash, and singer, songwriter and drummer Eric Slick.
During and after the livestream, viewers will be able to contribute to the micro-grants, which will be distributed to Black artists, creatives, and music gig workers. Additionally, REC Philly will also be providing free memberships to their 10,000 sq ft creative facility at 9th & Market. The micro-grants funded through Philly Culture United LIVE will work to fill the funding gap felt most deeply by Black artists and gig workers citywide, and will be facilitated by 30AMP Circuit (https://30amp.org/