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The festival

The festival

Philly Music Fest was founded in 2017 by Greg and Jenn Seltzer. All shows are curated and produced by Greg. As home-grown, devoted Philadelphians, our mission is to host a unique, hyper-local music festival that benefits our community, without large corporate and governmental oversight and involvement.

We operate Philly Music Fest a bit differently than your typical music festival. By structuring Philly Music Fest as a non-profit and organizing the festival and related events ourselves, we eliminate the need to pay producers and promoters. The result is that we pay our musicians very well, host our shows only at independently-owned venues and then donate profits to local music education programs that enable underprivileged kids to become the next great generation of Philly musicians.

We certainly love that the consequence of Philly Music Fest benefits the next generation of Philly musicians, but don’t miss the shows. Each year, we highlight and celebrate nationally recognized Philly bands, as well as emerging local bands, in the genres of Rock, Punk, Hip Hop, Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop and R&B. We hope you’ll join the cause and celebrate the music of Philadelphia.

Charity

Charity

We believe that to sustain our vibrant music scene, we must support the next generation of Philadelphia musicians. The bands that will grace our stages in ten years are currently kids in middle and high school. Unfortunately, access to music education is not as easy as it used to be since public schools have cut music education programs.

Our community is fortunate to have several amazing music education programs, but the programs need our collective economic support. Philly Music Fest supports the following organizations:

Rock To The Future
Settlement Music School
Musicopia
Play On, Philly
Girls Rock Philly
Beyond The Bars
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Donate

Donate

The economic impact of Philly Music Fest has increased every year. After expanding Philly Music Fest to seven nights, in 2022 and 2023 we donated $100,000 each year - after paying all of the musicians and venues. We estimate that the total annual economic impact of Philly Music Fest on the Philadelphia music community is approximately $500,000.

Supporting Local Musicians And Venue Staff
In addition to showcasing musicians at our festival, we launched a micro-grant program in March 2020 to assist and support musicians and venue staff impacted by COVID-19. The funds for the micro-grants were crowdsourced from our community and, importantly, through a donation by WXPN. All told, Philly Music Fest deployed over 330 micro-grants between 2020 and 2022. Our micro-grant program is still utilized currently for musicians dealing with health issues and stolen gear.

Supporting Independent Music Venues
Philly Music Fest intentionally books shows at independent music venues in our region. While many of our region’s larger venues put on incredible shows in beautiful settings, we believe that independent music venues are critical to our ecosystem.Independent music venues curate unique experiences that are affordable and accessible. They provide local musicians with a place to hone their craft and facilitate exposure for new audiences. We rely on our independent venues to showcase diverse and relevant voices.By holding Philly Music Fest in independent venues, we support their mission, support local venue staff and owners, and (with your help) enable our venues to earn a reasonable profit.

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Alumni

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.