Next Stage Concert Series: Discovering Emerging Acts & Fostering Music Education

Tomorrow, StubHub will host its second event in a very important effort to support emerging artists while supporting grassroots music education when Grouplove takes the stage at Nashville’s Exit/In.

At StubHub, corporate social responsibility and giving back to grassroots music education for youth is core to our business. That is why we are supporting the ‘next stage’ of youth musical talent by self-producing and ticketing a first-of-its-kind benefit concert series: StubHub’s Next Stage Concert Series. 100% of the ticket proceeds from the series will benefit our Rising Star partner, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and will further the mission of our corporate social responsibility program by promoting music education.

To further StubHub’s corporate social responsibility mission, the StubHub Foundation – a corporate-advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – has a signature philanthropic program called Rising Stars which supports grassroots non-profits that are increasing access and opportunity for at-risk youth through sports and the arts. As the most recent StubHub Rising Star partner, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which keeps music alive in schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, has received a $250,000 grant from the StubHub Foundation. MHOF is utilizing the grant to further its own mission by distributing $50,000 in musical instruments to schools in need in five different cities:  Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.  Further, Stubhub will be donating 100% of ticket proceeds from the event in each market in hopes of getting to close to a $500,000 total contribution to MHOF.

The Next Stage Concert Series, which is proving to be a tremendous vehicle for StubHub to further our corporate responsibility mission and bring greater visibility to the need for grassroots music education while simultaneously supporting emerging artists, kicked off with a sold-out show by Lykke Li in Los Angeles on May 18th. Tomorrow’s Nashville show featuring emerging rock group Grouplove is at 8pm at the intimate Exit/In venue. Local Nashville schools, Hunters Lane High School, I.T. Creswell Arts Magnet Middle Prep and Isaac Litton Middle Prep received a truckload of more than 100 new, free instruments last month, coming to a combined retail value of nearly $100,000.

Not only are local Nashville music students receiving these donated instruments but they are also getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: seven students from one of the local music programs at a Metro Nashville Public School will perform as a side project in a R&B/Funk-style group known as “Black Rainbow & the Whiteys,” having the special honor of opening for Grouplove. Grouplove plans to attend the students’ rehearsals and sound check earlier in the day to discuss the importance of music education, prepare for the evening show and take pictures. This unique opportunity and special experience is only the start for what is meant to be StubHub’s cross-country support of the musical youth for tomorrow.

For more on the entire Next Stage series, please click here.

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