Music for All Digital Ball 2021


Join Rock to the Future for two virtual events to celebrate the benefits and joys of music education. This year's Music for All Digital Ball includes an Arts Access and Inclusion for Social Change panel co-presented with REC Philly & a virtual concert featuring Rock to the Future students and Philadelphia musicians. The event series supports Rock to the Future's mission of providing free, student-driven music programs for youth in under-resourced schools and communities.

To increase access to our programs, all tickets are free, with donations welcome. Help us raise $3,000 before the event and $2,000 during Friday's concert to unlock a $5,000 matching donation, courtesy of MOR Wealth Management!

Rock to the Future & REC Philly: Arts Access and Inclusion for Social Change

April 21, 2021 7-8pm


Philadelphia’s creative economy is a powerful tool for community empowerment; however, not everyone has equal access to the arts. Hear from movers and shakers in the Philadelphia creative scene about the importance of equal access to arts education in society and how art can be a catalyst for social change.

Featuring performances by Nia of Rock to the Future and REC Philly artist Namarah.


Will Toms, Co-Founder of REC Philly

William Tyrone Toms is a 29 year old award-winning entrepreneur from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After starting his first company at the age of 21, Will Toms has quickly made a name for himself in the region's startup community at the intersection of culture & economics. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of REC Philly, serving as the visionary + strategist behind the company’s endeavors. 

With his background in communication and economics, William takes pride in ensuring that all of his efforts are centered around democratizing access and opportunity for young, passionate people of color.


Jessica Craft, CEO and Founder of Rock to the Future

After working in financial services, Jessica Craft founded Rock to the Future in 2010 with the mission of providing free, student-driven music programs for youth without access. She believes in the power of music to change lives and that arts should be accessible for youth in their own neighborhoods.



Valerie V. Gay, Deputy Director for Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation

Valerie Gay is a Certified Financial Planner, non-profit administrator, performing artist and thought leader. She possesses a unique blend of executive leadership and financial expertise, paired with extensive program development. Val is an active performer across several genres, performing in operas, special events, and solo concert recitals, including a solo performance at Carnegie Hall.


Ryan Harris, Founder of As I Plant This Seed

As I Plant This Seed is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to enhance the lives of at-risk youth, exposing them to new concepts through enrichment activities.



Bruce Warren, Assistant Station Manager for Programming at WXPN and Executive Producer of World Cafe

When he’s not rocking the jams at XPN and World Cafe, Bruce teaches at University of Pennsylvania, is on the Mighty Writers’ Board of Directors, writes a music discovery newsletter, 10 Bands, and tweets a lot at @somevelvetblog.


Music Quizzo with DJ Quizzy Jeff


Team up with your friends virtually for a fun evening of music trivia to win prizes. Led by host DJ Quizzy Jeff, there is something for everyone in this music-themed quiz. Plus, special guests from Rock to the Future will perform in between quiz rounds.

Music for All Digital Concert

April 23, 2021 7-8:30pm

Tune in for a live stream compilation of music from Rock to the Future students and popular Philly musicians showcasing our homegrown talent.

Featuring performances by:

Rock to the Future students and staff

Seraiah Nicole

Rogers Stevens, Blind Melon

Watch live on Facebook and Givebutter

Reserve your tickets & give the gift of music

The Music for All Ball is our largest fundraising event of the year. Your donations help us provide innovative music programs at no cost for Philadelphia students. Read about our mission, values, and impact.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors:  FS Investments, MOR Wealth Management, EisnerAmper, Circle Thrift, and the Katz family.