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Juneteenth livestream to reveal new BLACK MUSIC CITY creative works honoring Philly Black music history

June 19 livestream event will reveal new creative works honoring Philadelphia's rich Black music history, made by the 23 grant recipients of the Black Music City project.

Philadelphia, PA(17 Jun 2021)

In celebration of both Juneteenth and Black Music Appreciation Month, a special livestream that will reveal new creative works honoring Philadelphia's rich Black music history will take place on Saturday, June 19 (Juneteenth) 2021, from 12:30 pm ET to 4 pm ET.

The free livestream is the culmination of the Black Music City project, a collaboration between Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN and WRTI and REC Philly, a place for creators. It can be accessed at BlackMusicCity.com, XPN.org, NPR Live Sessions and Facebook Live (at WXPN, WRTI and REC Philly pages).

The Black Music City project, launched in December 2020, offered grants to Philadelphia-area Black creatives for creating new artistic works recognizing and honoring Philly's Black music history, known for nurturing and developing many groundbreaking musical styles and artists. Funding was provided by Wyncote Foundation, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Philadelphians Dan and Marilyn Hauser. In March, grants of between $1,000 and $3,500 each were awarded to 23 recipients selected from more than 600 applicants.

The Juneteenth/June 19 livestream will feature several live music performances by grantees; visual, digital and non-musical works; short videos that document the grantees' artistic journeys; and a special video interview with legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" co-creator and producer, musician and songwriter Kenny Gamble.

For more about the livestream and Black Music City, visit BlackMusicCity.com