Black Music City Project Awards: $48000 in Grants - UPENN Almanac

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Black Music City Project Awards: $48,000 in Grants

The Black Music City project announced that it is distributing a total of $48,000 to 23 Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia area to produce new artistic works inspired by Philadelphia’s rich Black music history. Each recipient is receiving between $1,000 and $3,500.

In December 2020, the new Black Music City collaboration between Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly announced that it had secured funding from Wyncote Foundation to award grants to Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia region to help them create new projects that recognize and honor the influence of Philadelphia’s Black music history. Since that announcement, another $19,000 in sponsorship funding provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a donation by Philadelphians Dan and Marilyn Hauser has brought the total amount of grant money available to $48,000. More than 600 applications were received. The Black Music City Selection Committee, which determined the final list of recipients, includes Black Philadelphia-based professionals in the arts, media and business.

The deadline for applications was January 25, 2021 and more than 600 applications were received. The Black Music City Selection Committee, which determined the final list of recipients, were Black Philadelphia professionals in the arts, media and business.

Committee member Gerald Veasley, President of Jazz Philadelphia, said, “Reviewing the submissions was an incredible reminder of the breadth and depth of talent we have in our city.” Hip hop artist and committee member Chill Moody said, “We’re all excited to see these amazing jawns come to life.” 

The committee also includes:

  • Alex Holley, FOX-29 TV Good Day Philadelphia anchor/co-host
  • Dame and Yaya Horne, creative director and CEO, co-founders, Tiny Room for Elephants
  • Ashley Coleman Thomas, senior membership and project manager, Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy
  • Dyana Williams, CEO, Influence Entertainment and award-winning broadcaster

Work on the new creative projects will begin immediately. Videos hosted by artist and Black Music City spokesperson Suzann Christine and posted at www.blackmusiccity.com will spotlight the journeys of some of these new creations. All new works must be completed by May 27, with exhibition and distribution of the videos and final artwork taking place during June, which is African American Music Appreciation Month.

More information about Black Music City is available at www.blackmusiccity.com. Follow and share about the project using #blackmusiccity. 

To read more information, including the full list of funding recipients, read the WXPN press release

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