Kate Wetherhead, Barrett Wilbert Weed & More Set for Broadway Unlocked Concert, 11/3
Pentatonix's Kirstin Maldonado and other outstanding artists from the worlds of Broadway, television, film and other mediums will come together on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM for the fourth annual Broadway Unlocked Give Back Concert an interactive, livestreamed benefit concert celebrating the work of the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. The event will take place at WNYC / New York Public Radio's The Greene Space (44 Charlton Street at Varick Street).
Performers will include Kirstin Maldonado, Kate Wetherhead, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller, Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk, Joey Contreras, Adam Gwon, Jeff Bowen, Georgia Stitt, Hunter Bell and more, with 5J Barrow returning as the Broadway Unlocked House Band.
The Give Back Concert originally debuted as "The Bridge" in 2011 and has since raised almost $90,000 in unrestricted funds for the CVTC with the assistance of artists like Alison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Keala Settle, Andrew Keenan Bolger, Logan Marshall Green, Craig Lucas, Melissa Errico, Chad Kimball, Zachary Booth and more.
Broadway Unlocked, founded by actor/writer/producer Jessica Ryan, exists to tear down the barricade between Broadway and the rest of the world. Their team of theatre and technology nerds are committed to finding and developing new ways to create a global, interactive theatre community - and bring fans around the world face to face with Broadway in the times between their New York City trips.
This year, Broadway Unlocked is partnering with Google, BC/EFA and SongSpace for the Give Back Concert, an annual Global Google Hangout and livestreamed All Start Benefit Concert. Proceeds benefit the Crime Victims Treatment Center, and contributors to the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign that runs alongside the concert get a login to join the Hangout and Livestream. The crowdfunding campaign runs from October 3 - November 3 on IndieGoGo and seeks to raise $10,000 to cover the costs of the concert. All funds raised beyond that will be donated to the CVTC, allowing the center to continue to provide services free of charge.
Campaign rewards include a log-in to view the concert on the web & participate ($25), a signed show poster ($50), a ticket to see the live show and attend an exclusive reception ($250), an original, personalized song written by one of the writing teams ($1000) and more. In addition, online donors giving $225 or more have the opportunity to donate their ticket to a survivor who has received treatment at the CVTC.
In 2012, the Crime Victims Treatment Center provided 7,439 individual therapy sessions to 1,141 survivors, free of charge. At the end of July, CVTC was notified that its public funding would be cut by 46% beginning October 1, 2014. This news was sudden and completely unexpected. If CVTC is unable to find these funds elsewhere it will mean the collapse of New York State's leading victim services program. Because CVTC is unique in the scope of its comprehensive services, and provides them free of charge to any survivor of violence, the majority of our 1,200 clients per year will have nowhere else to go for the help they need and deserve.
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations, will once again co-sponsor the event, along with New York SongSpace, a creative, collaborative space for musical theatre songwriters to gather and build community and to create, learn and mentor. SongSpace provides artists with private writing and collaboration rooms as well as a common space for meetings, conferences, lectures, workshops and outreach to younger writers. As an organization, SongSpace supports the creative endeavors of the musical theater community and also recognizes the power of this community in giving back to other people in need. Google is partnering to provide technology tools that help the theatre community come together and interact from anywhere in the world.
"We're so proud and excited that the support we've received in past years from talented and dedicated performers continues! This year is more important than ever, as we face the biggest funding crisis in our history" said Susan Xenarios, Director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center. "The funds received through this benefit are desperately needed to continue providing the high quality of care we offer to survivors of violence."
Ticket prices are $100 for General Admission and $225 for VIP Supporters. The VIP ticket includes open bar, hors d'ouevres from Agave and reserved seating for the concert. Proceeds from the Give Back Concert will benefit CVTC. The event is open to the public. To purchase tickets and/or make a monetary contribution, please visit the event website at: www.BroadwayUnlocked.com.