October 6-10, 2021

The festival

Philly Music Fest was founded in 2017 by Jenn and Greg Seltzer and is curated and produced by Greg Seltzer. Jenn and Greg are devoted Philadelphians, both raised in the Philadelphia region. Our mission is to host a music festival celebrating and featuring Philadelphia musicians – with a slight twist.

By structuring Philly Music Fest as a non-profit, and eliminating compensation typically paid to a producer or promoter, we are able to pay musicians well to play the festival, then donate money to local music education for children. The beauty of Philly Music Fest is that in an effort to reinvest in the Philly music community, we all come together and enjoy a massive dose of live music, celebrating the music of Philadelphia.

charity

supporting Music Education

Our theory is that in order to have a vibrant music scene in Philadelphia, we must support the next generation. The bands that will grace the stages of our venues in ten years – well – they’re kids right now. And, unfortunately, access to music education is not easy, as public schools have cut music education programs.

Philly Music Fest supports the following organizations, which educate and support kids, facilitating the reinvestment in our music community and bettering the lives of kids in our region:

  • Rock to the Future
  • Live Connections
  • Settlement Music School
  • Musicopia
  • Play On, Philly
  • Girls Rock Philly
  • Beyond the Bars
  • Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Our impact has increased each year. In 2017, we donated $15,000 to music education programs. In 2018, the total increased to $25,000, then $40,000 in 2019 and $50,000 in 2020. 

Supporting Local Musicians and Venue Staff

In addition to showcasing musicians at Philly Music Fest, we launched a micro-grant program in March 2020 to assist and support musicians and venue staff impacted by COVID-19. Philly Music Fest deployed over 330 micro-grants. The funds for the micro-grants were crowdsourced from our community and, importantly, through a donation by WXPN.

Supporting Independent Music Venues

Philly Music Fest purposefully and intentionally locates the festival at independent music venues in our region. While some of our region’s larger venues are terrific and feature incredible shows and wonderful settings, we believe independent music venues are critical to our music eco-system. Independent music venues curate an experience that is local and diverse, showcasing an independent and unique voice. Locating Philly Music Fest at independent music venues is our attempt to show support and highlight the beauty of our local independent venues, but we also hope that Philly Music Fest is profitable for our venues – which it will be with your ardent support and attendance.

Connect with us

If you are an organization furthering local music education, certainly reach out to us and let’s talk about support.

 

Supporters

Business and commerce is most certainly an important part of our music community. The coexistence of business and the arts is critical. In the spirit of community and a passion for Philadelphia, the following organizations have graciously supported Philly Music Fest with a monetary donation. We all should thank them and, where possible, support their products and services.

Please note that each of the following businesses has donated money in the spirit of community and support of the local music scene, without a demand for promotion, signage or exposure – the very definition of generosity:

Laura and Connor Barwin
Guru Technologies
Maverick Partners
The Merz Family
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
StratIS IoT
Ballard Spahr
Kylie and Jason Kelce

Laura and Connor Barwin
Guru Technologies
Maverick Partners
The Merz Family

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
StratIS IoT
Ballard Spahr
Kylie and Jason Kelce

Brian and Mahria Morris
The Carlino Family
Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs
MVP Capital
Tavern on Camac

Brian and Mahria Morris
The Carlino Family
Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs

MVP Capital
Tavern on Camac

Appetites on Main
Cobrin Properties
Dan and Alex Greenberg
Ernst & Young
Exude
I. Rice & Company
Independence Blue Cross
Jacob Cohen, CPA
The Karamatsoukas Family
LevLane
NeuroFlow
Peter and Gina Katz
Wipfli

Appetites on Main
Cobrin Properties
Dan and Alex Greenberg
Ernst & Young
Exude
I. Rice & Company
Independence Blue Cross

Jacob Cohen, CPA
The Karamatsoukas Family
LevLane
NeuroFlow
Peter and Gina Katz
Wipfli

The Aldridge Family
The Brown Family
EarlyBird
Ellis Coffee
Federal Donuts
The Fingeret Family
The Ghisu Family
Guaranteed Rate
Klein Hersh International
Obermayer
Righteous Felon
Saxby’s
Karen and Steven Seltzer
Simply Good Jars
Spread Bagelry
Starmar Foundation
Workhorse Brewing

The Aldridge Family
The Brown Family
EarlyBird
Ellis Coffee
Federal Donuts
The Fingeret Family
The Ghisu Family
Guaranteed Rate
Klein Hersh International

 

Obermayer
Righteous Felon
Saxby’s
Karen and Steven Seltzer
Simply Good Jars
Spread Bagelry
Starmar Foundation
Workhorse Brewing

donate

Contribute to Philly Music Fest by clicking on the donate button below, or use Venmo: @PhillyMusicFest. Donations to Philly Music Fest are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

get involved

If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, please contact The Philly Music Festival with this form below. 

alumni

We are incredibly proud of the bands that have played Philly Music Fest. Please support these musicians by purchasing their music and attending their shows.

man man

vacationer

speedy ortiz

ceramic animal

Japanese breakfast

Zeek Burse

RFA

sixteen jackies

petal

restorations

arnetta johnson & Sunny

langhorne slim

ali awan

Sun Ra Arkestra

chestnut grove

thin lips

jeremiah tall

foxtrot and the get down

TreWay

ill fated natives

ill doots

rosali

tate

sammus

Rich Medina

James Poyser

driftwood soldier

Jaleel shaw

eric wortham II

palm

harmony woods

hurry

The end of america

orion sun

levee drivers

kingsley ibeneche

tiny hueman

hardwork movement

ruby the hatchet

the districts

secret american

the whips

the mysteries

vita and the wolf

low cut connie

waxahatchee

soul glo

ivy sole

pissed jeans

sixteen jackies

local smokes

new sound brass

sea offs

dominic

remember sports

clap your hands say yeah

pine barons

slaughter beach, dog

deadfellow

steve gunn

strand of oaks

west philadelphia orchestra

slomo sapiens

work drugs

chris kasper

kississippi

Arthur Thomas and the Funkitorium

abi reimold

skull eclipses

eric slick (dr. dog)

cayetana

Mt. Joy

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