Commemoration of the end of slavery in United States after the Civil War and the day the Abolition of Slavery Act came into force across the British Empire, respectively, Juneteenth and Emancipation Day provide special opportunities for musical celebrations across North America.
“We are grateful for the record industry’s support in getting professional musicians to sound the clarion call for equal rights for all,” said MPTF Trustee. Dan Beck. “These events will showcase the compositional and performing talents that Black and Indigenous people bring so richly to our shared cultures.”
The MPTF Juneteenth initiative was inspired by a collaboration with the Broadway League, which created a groundbreaking Juneteenth event in Times Square in 2021 as part of the Black on Broadway initiative. An MPTF grant will support musicians for the second annual Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth the Sunday June 1912:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., at Duffy Square in Times Square, New York.
Other highlights include performance in Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, TX; Memphis and Nashville, TN; Cleveland OH; St. Paul, MN; Newark, New Jersey; and much more. All performances were coordinated through the efforts of the American Federation of Musicians and their local offices. More information will be posted at https://musicpf.org/juneteenth2022. Details of the Canadian celebrations will be announced the week before August 1.
About the MPTF: The music industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization whose mission is to support free live events performed by professional musicians across the United States and Canada. Established over 70 years ago, the MPTF is funded by music companies such as Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Interested parties can call (212) 391-3950 or visit www.musicpf.org.
SOURCE Music Performance Trust Fund