The Civics of Art & Music
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Providing quality information and creative outlets to communities is so crucial but often is the hardest to fund and build capacity for. How do we better connect with creatives and artists to ensure they are supported and in a better position to give back and deepen the artistic connection in communities?
Roger LaMay, XPN
A 30-plus year broadcast veteran, Roger LaMay joined WXPN in January 2003 and is responsible for the overall operations of the station including fundraising, programming and marketing. During his tenure, WXPN forged a long-term partnership/distribution agreement with NPR and NPR Music, moved and expanded its annual summer music festival, and launched its popular Free at Noon live weekly concert series in a unique partnership with World Cafe Live, the performance venue named for XPN’s flagship program located in the same building. He holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College.
Chill Moody, nicethings
Chill Moody cemented his status as one of the top lyricists & performers to hit Philadelphia in years when he won “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of Philly” issue. He was also named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador by Councilman David Oh, due to his tireless efforts to "put the city on" as well as his local & national accomplishments over the years. A West Philadelphia native, his lifestyle brand “nicethings” now includes clothing line, consulting firm, a record label (nicethingsMUSIC), and even a line of craft beer (nicethingsIPA, a collaboration with Dock Street Brewery). He recently partnered with Philly R&B singer-songwriter Donn T to start a new group called, &More: Chill Moody & Donn T
Jill Ryan, Great Time (band)
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jill Ryan grew up in the Bay Area playing music in community jazz bands, wind ensembles and choirs. Her passion for music grew stronger over the years and eventually led her to New York City where she studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It was there that she met her soul mates, family & best friends: her band, GREAT TIME. After graduating with a degree in Alto Sax Performance, she and her two bandmates, Zack and Donnie, moved to a little farm town outside of Philadelphia with the goal of building a recording studio from the ground up. Collectively, through a successful Kickstarter campaign, YouTube tutorials and construction books, they raised $40k and built a fully acoustically sound, professional recording studio. The trio live and work at Great Time Studios recording and producing themselves and other artists. They released their debut record in April 2018 and are currently working on new music.
Will Toms, REC Philly
A 27 year old entrepreneur focused at the nexus of entertainment, technology & impact. William studied Communications Media & Economics at The Indiana University of Pennsylvania before gaining his first industry experience as a content producer at NBC Universal. Now, William serves as Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer at REC Philly-- "A gym membership for creatives" (or as Forbes says "a WeWork for artists") he designed to assist freelance creators in building and growing their businesses. Before REC, William worked day to day as a digital strategist, providing marketing direction to clients like Ice Cube, Eminem, Shady Records, Pearl Jam and more. In his free time (a new concept), Will enjoys participating in nerd-level conversations about resource sharing, economics, & music videos.