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About LiveConnections

LiveConnections creates unique programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. In 2008, a team of artists, educators and entrepreneurs founded LiveConnections to address declining music education in Philly schools and tap into the people-connecting power of music. We are a nonprofit organization in residence at World Cafe Live.

Each year, LiveConnections brings more than 5,000 students from city schools to World Cafe Live for our signature Bridge Sessions. These interactive educational programs blend live performances with hands-on activities, introducing students to diverse musical cultures and building skills in listening, expressing ideas and synthesizing new information. We also offer a number of in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools, providing sustained, in-depth music-making experiences for young people.

LiveConnections prioritizes accessibility for people with disabilities who face barriers to participation in the arts. We present several Bridge Sessions annually targeted for youth and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, and our interactive, adaptive approach means individuals may fully engage at their own ability levels. Live webcasts of select sessions allow people unable to travel to the venue to participate.

In addition, in the spirit of innovation and community-building that drives our organization, LiveConnections curates six concerts each year designed for adventurous music-lovers. Our LiveConnections Presents concert series puts together Grammy winners, local talent and rising stars in unique, genre-crossing collaborations, and we frequently commission new music blending a variety of musical styles.


PLEASE NOTE: LiveConnections is a nonprofit organization in residence at venue World Cafe Live. All programs are created, presented and funded entirely by LiveConnections and should not be attributed to World Cafe Live or WXPN.



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Press Releases & Articles

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections honors WXPN host Helen Leicht with its “Connector Award”

Philadelphia 8/22/2016 — LiveConnections presents its second Connector Award to WXPN radio host Helen Leicht, in honor of her 40 years on the Philadelphia airwaves and her dedication to connecting musicians and communities. The award will be presented at LiveConnections annual gala, the Big Hurrah, held on October 6 at World Cafe Live. The Big Hurrah captures the spirit of LiveConnections’ collaborative, community-building programming, featuring the best of LiveConnections artists and showcasing student performances from LiveConnections’ partner schools.


PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Presents Grammy-Winners Eighth Blackbird

Philadelphia 4/27/2016 — For the sixth and final concert of its eclectic 2015-2016 season, the LiveConnections Presents concert series features Eighth Blackbird on Wednesday, June 8. Having recently won their fourth Grammy for the album Filament, the contemporary ensemble will present a diverse array of pieces, mixing up traditional presentational styles.

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Presents the Eclectic Chamber Group Ensemble39

Philadelphia 3/7/2016 — Considered one of the hottest ensembles in Philadelphia, Ensemble39's unique mix of strings and winds embraces many musical styles, including classical, jazz, klezmer, and more. For the LiveConnections Presents concert, they will perform the world premiere of a work by Kinan Abou-afach, commissioned by LiveConnections as part of its “New Sound of Philadelphia” project, which features genre-crossing commissions of Philadelphia-based composers writing for local ensembles.

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Celebrates Black History Month with Educational Music Programs

Philadelphia 2/3/2016 —  Live Connections presents three days of interactive Bridge Sessions in honor of Black History Month. The February sessions reveal the West African roots of various contemporary dance and musical forms. Close to 800 students are expected across the three days of programming. 

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Presents Rising Star Cellist Gabriel Cabezas with the Sandbox Percussion Quartet

Sandbox PercussionPhiladelphia 1/18/2016 —  LiveConnections pairs a rising classical music star, cellist and Astra Artist Gabriel Cabezas, with the innovative Sandbox Percussion ensemble for the fourth concert of its 2015-2016 LiveConnections Presents concert series on Friday, February 12. Cabezas, who was recently on tour with Ben Folds as part of yMusic and has been hailed as “greatly gifted” by the Chicago Tribune, will join the talented Sandbox Percussion for a concert of new music.

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections Presents Jazz Chanteuse Joanna Pascale & Innovative Chamber Ensemble Curtis 20/21

Joanna PascalePhiladelphia 12/28/2015 — LiveConnections continues to play musical matchmaker for the third concert of its 2015-2016 LiveConnections Presents concert series, bringing together musicians of diverse backgrounds who may not typically perform together. On Friday, January 22, jazz singer Joanna Pascale joins the new music ensemble of the internationally-renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Curtis 20/21, for an exciting concert of jazz-influenced classical music.

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections receives gift from the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation in support of its Big Hurrah gala on October 6

Kal & Lucille RudmanPhiladelphia 10/05/2015 — Music nonprofit LiveConnections proudly announces a gift from the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation in support of its third annual fundraising gala, the Big Hurrah, held on October 6 at World Cafe Live.

PRESS RELEASE: LiveConnections honors Liz Dow of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia with its “Connector Award”

Liz DowPhiladelphia 08/18/2015 — LiveConnections is proud to launch its new “Connector Award,” which recognizes achievements in creating collaborations and fueling innovations. Liz Dow of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia will receive the first award, to be presented at LiveConnections’ annual Big Hurrah gala on October 6.

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LiveConnections is grateful for the support of numerous individuals, companies and foundations who believe in our mission and help make our programs possible.
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Big Hurrah Sponsors:
(as of 10/06/2016)

$5000 School Sponsor

Ballard Spahr


University of Pennsylvania


World Cafe Live




$2500 Collaboration Sponsor






Fox Rothschild




$1000 Connecting Sponsors




Beyond Insurance


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors




Hal Real & Anne Sheppard

Dr. Larry Real


TGS Financial


$500 Sponsors
Curtis Institute of Music
Grace Tavern
Valerie M. Jones Associates
The Rendell Family
David & Rebecca Thornburgh

Connector Award


Foundation Support 2016-2017:
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Carter Rowe Charitable Trust
CHG Charitable Trust
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Samual S. Fels Fund
Independence Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Presser Foundation
Rosenlund Family Foundation
Caroline J.S. Sanders Trust
Scholler Foundation
Howell Lockhart Seiple Trust
Seybert Foundation
Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust
Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial
Wyncote Foundation



Additional Support:

LiveConnections is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Additional support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, tax ID 26-2666641. The official registration and financial information of may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.