What do crowd-sourcing, community radio, Seattle’s top arts venue and Starbucks have in common? Music!
For the past 20 years Starbucks has been curating its own musical compilations and selling CDs in its stores. And the company’s connection to music goes beyond the four walls of its Starbucks® stores. For more than ten years, Starbucks has supported music and arts programs for youth in its hometown of Seattle, through a long-standing partnership with the Seattle Theatre Group. Then, in 2012, Starbucks, the Seattle Theatre Group and KEXP 90.3 FM joined forces to create Little Big Show, a concert series created to benefit Seattle’s arts organizations.
Little Big Show’s mission is to identify stellar non-profits who focus on youth arts education and feature them as the show’s beneficiary with 100% of the ticket sales revenue donated to a local non-profit to help fund their efforts and impact an even greater number of local youth. To date, Little Big Show has raised more than $130,000 for nine local initiatives.
On November 15, the 10th Little Big Show hit the stage, featuring Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie front man, and Eric Anderson of Cataldo who performed a solo set. (Visit KEXP’s YouTube page for exclusive video clips from the concert). The sold-out show raised more than $25,000 for ArtsFund's new crowd-funding platform power2give.org/PugetSound, which fuels regional arts projects.
Funds raised by Little Big Show are now part of a pool of matching funds, which doubles the donation and accelerates the funding process for these projects, ensuring Seattle’s arts and music culture remains rich and vibrant. All of the projects are listed here, with instructions on how to donate. New projects are posted each month, with needs ranging from a couple hundred dollars up to $7,500.
Tickets to Little Big Show #11 featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones with special guests Shaprece and Sean Rowe are on sale now. The show will take place on February 18th at The Neptune Theatre. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased on stgpresents.org, all ages are welcome. The concert’s beneficiary is Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, which supports music education. Rain City Rock Camp programs build positive self-esteem and encourage soul-stirring expression through music.
About Starbucks Hometown
For more than 40 years, Starbucks has had the pleasure of calling Seattle home. We are proud of our roots and honored to be a part of the community that has been with us from the beginning. We continue to celebrate this great city at our SoDo headquarters, our local roasting plant in Kent and at each of our Seattle neighborhood stores. Starbucks is proud to support local initiatives through partnerships with like-minded local organizations and the cultural traditions that shape our community such as the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Theatre Group and the Seattle International Film Festival. Learn more at http://www.starbucks.com/seattle