The Ally Coalition Presents THE 5TH ANNUAL TALENT SHOW
On December 5 Town Hall will host The Ally Coalition's Fifth Annual Talent Show, a night that channels the power of music and comedy toward equality. The evening will benefit organizations serving queer and trans youth, including New Alternatives for LGBTQ Youth in New York City. This year's event will feature performances from musicians Andrew Dost, Bleachers, Hayley Kiyoko, Lana Del Rey, Mitski, Regina Spektor, Rostam, with comedians Jacqueline Novak and Sasheer Zamata - more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Ticketmaster and Spotify Ticket Pre-sales are live today, with tickets on sale to the general public Wednesday, November 7 at 1pm ET.
Talent Show receives promotional support from The Bowery Presents and is curated by The Ally Coalition co-founder and Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Jack Antonoff. Past performers has included Lorde, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sara Bareilles, Kacey Musgraves, Spoon, Shamir, amongst others.
Earlier on December 5th, Out Leadership, Craft Your Truth and The Ally Coalition will come together for a day of mentorship and creativity with clients from New Alternatives. The program allows New Alternatives clients to work with artistic mentors and rising LGBTQ business leaders and places them in an environment where they can develop a relationship, learn from each other and build vital skills.
Discussing, Jack Antonoff tweeted this morning "Here we go! The 5th annual @allycoalition talent show. All proceeds go to homeless LGBT youth centers (new alternatives NYC and ruth ellis detroit). If you've been you know how special this night is. Let's get together and support these grass roots organizations. Also its a full benefit so pls help keep tickets out of scalpers hands. See you all 12/5."
Groups like New Alternatives work directly with the 40% of homeless youth who identify as LGBTQ. In an effort to serve this community and change this statistic, The Ally Coalition is announcing the launch of their Digital Coat Drive. Socially aware music lovers can take action on Propeller and enter to win a trip to New York City for the 5th Annual Talent Show. The Digital Coat Drive will send Empowerment Plan Jackets to organizations supporting LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness this winter. Manufactured in Detroit by employees who have experienced homelessness, Empowerment Jackets are warm and waterproof parkas that roll out into a sleeping bag.
Additionally, Thursday, Troye Sivan will be offering up an original painting created for Pandora for auction via eBay, with money raised to benefit The Ally Coalition - see the painting via Billboard. Troye Sivan is currently wrapping up his tour in support of current album Bloom and stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film Boy Erased which is in theaters now. For the past two months, The Ally Coalition has been on tour with Troye Sivan, encouraging his fans to take action to end Conversion Therapy.
Founded in 2013 by Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, FUN.) and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff, The Ally Coalition is committed to bettering the lives of LGBTQ youth through tours, social media campaigns and collaborative partnerships, providing critical support for grassroots non-profit organizations. With The Ally Coalitions' unique connection to the entertainment industry, the artists they partner with use their platforms to raise awareness of the systemic inequalities facing the LGBTQ population and activates prominent members of the creative community and their fan bases to engage with these issues in meaningful and impactful ways.
The Ally Coalition uses its outreach to connect music fans to advocacy experts and regional partners to create change at the local level, allowing fans to donate their time, money and voices to champion political and social change, helping expand and protect LGBTQ rights.
Recent campaigns include Make America Gay Again - creating a limited edition t-shirt with American Apparel, to celebrate Pride Month. Dear Betsy DeVos - in which TAC worked with activist Janet Mock to gather over 40,000 signatures, and encourage postcards to be sent to Education Secretary DeVos, demanding protection for Trans students. TXTogether - in which TAC led a digital campaign of 140 creatives, including Sting, Alicia Keys, Gloria Steinem, to discourage passage of anit-LGBTQ legislation. And this week in New York City, In conjunction with JetBlue and Lyft, American Express will host the first cohort of TAC Leadership Fellows in early November.
With the upcoming midterm election and the Trump administration threatening to define Transgender out of existence, the wok The Ally Coalition is committed to doing with its team and partners, is more important than ever.