A series of performing artists — working in hip hop, reggae, fusion, pop and folk music — will soon bring concerts to the Smith Opera House and the Hobart and William Smith campus, as part of “Live from Geneva.”
The New York State Music Fund recently named Hobart and William Smith Colleges a recipient of a $200,000 grant, which will allow for a variety of public performances for the faculty, students, staff and larger Geneva community and to be broadcast on WEOS. The grant was designed in part to increase the exposure these artists have to commercial broadcast or other means of mass distribution.
“The concerts will be a wonderful opportunity for the Colleges to contribute to the already rich cultural life in Geneva. “Live from Geneva” is another example of the strong partnership between the Geneva community and the Colleges that benefits both residents and students,” said William Smith Dean Debra DeMeis.
“Live from Geneva” will reflect diverse regional genres, said Robert Flowers, Colleges' Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. “Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to be the recipient of this grant. These funds will allow us to have several major concerts over the next 18 months that otherwise would not have been possible.”
An advisory board of campus and community leaders has been comprised to select the artists who will perform. “One prerequisite is that the artists must agree to allow us to broadcast their performance live on WEOS, making their work available to all in the greater Geneva community,” said Flowers.
The Wailers, considered one of the most celebrated reggae acts of all time, will initiate the series on Friday, Oct. 19. Backing the legendary Bob Marley until his death in 1981, the band has sold more than 250 million records worldwide and performing for an estimated 24 million people.
The New York State Music Fund was created by the Attorney General’s Office with help from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to increase availability and accessibility of contemporary artists to diverse audiences and communities. A group of student affairs staff led by DeMeis submitted the grant application in July and received notification of acceptance in late August. The award to Hobart and William Smith was among nearly 400 grants awarded, totaling more than $35 million. The Fund was set up as part of the settlement of an investigation involving major record companies and federal pay-for-play laws.
Tickets for The Wailers are now on sale at the College Store, the Smith Opera House, by phone at (351)781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free (866)355-LIVE (5483) and on-line at www.TheSmith.org.