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Music For All Ball 2024 – Born to Shine

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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Music for All Ball 2024: Born to Shine

Funding inequities cast shadows over a staggering percentage of Philadelphia youth. At Rock to the Future, we confront this challenge head-on by offering access and opportunities for young people to grow into the brightest rockstars they can be both on and off the stage!

Through the transformative power of music, economic empowerment, and resource support, we cultivate pathways to brighter futures — because every young person deserves the chance to shine.


Join us in paving the way for youth to show their shine at our annual fundraiser, Music for All Ball, on April 20, 2024, at World Cafe Live.

Supporters will be treated to a concert with notable Philadelphian performers Khemist and Sam Rise, along with our very own Rock to the Future Students. You’ll also enjoy drinks, food, and opportunities to mingle with our team and fellow supporters!

Featured Performers & Emcee:

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Rapper, songwriter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Khemist is a Philadelphia-bred artist and musical savant beloved as a bonafide lyrical force. Hailing from the city’s Logan Valley, Khemist is an extraterrestrial talent endowed with the hawkish ability to see the streets and set the Dickensian conditions of his formative years to music. Plied with eloquence and empathy, his catalog is punctuated by the monotone delivery and rough hewn exterior he developed surviving a charmed but bittersweet life amidst the blighted haunts, brutalist architecture and cold shoulders of a hardscrabble, post-industrial city.

Sam Rise

Influenced by folk, jazz, blues, and Americana genres, Rise (they/them) connects art and activism in performances and songs concerned with social justice, joy, and community. From traditional performance venues to community gatherings and demonstrations, Rise performs as a soloist, with musical collaborators, and as part of experimental theater and cabaret projects. A self-described “songcatcher,” they approach performance as a form of facilitation, “encouraging audiences to re-embody their own musical capacities.”


Quentin Williams

QuentinThePoet is an Adjunct Instructor of Social Media Marketing at the Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. He is the CEO of DragonTree Media Group and curator for organizations like Grounds For Sculpture and the Barnes Foundation. He’s performed for TV, Radio, and digital platforms like Upworthy.  As an artistivist, Quentin is committed to placemaking and curating experiences to foster connections that facilitate equity and inclusion through the power of written, spoken, and visual storytelling.

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Questions? Contact us at Christine@rocktothefuture.org or 215-302-9633

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April 20
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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World Cafe Live Downstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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