News & Noteworthy (Week of May 24)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

Leslie Odom Jr. in “Hamilton.” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Who’s Funding “Highbrow” Arts? Mike Scutari reports for Inside Philanthropy that, “While the tech monied classes may be cool to the arts, other Bay Area funders have been stepping up over the past few years.” He cites The Koret Foundation; the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, which is supporting the expansion of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s (SFCM) campus and the construction of the Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts (The Bowes Center); and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Scutari concludes, “The takeaway here is pretty simple. There’s more to the Bay Area arts funding ecosystem than disinterested tech donors.”

A Creative Way to Announce Your Lineup: The new dance music festival All My Friends is coming to downtown L.A. on August 18 and 19, 2018, featuring headliners RL Grime, Gucci Mane, M.I.A. and Jhene Aiko, Jamie XX and Armand Van Helden. Variety shares the festival’s marketing video, where their lineup is revealed playing off of the “Thank You for Being a Friend” theme from The Golden Girls sitcom, with Australian DJ-vocalist Anna Lunoe singing.

Leslie Odom Jr. Opens Up: On the podcast Living the Dream with Rory O’Malley, O’Malley (Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon) chats with Odom (Tony winner for Hamilton) about Odom’s book, Failing Up, his mentors and how he maintains a healthy family life.

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