Philadelphia, Pa. The Key (http://thekey.xpn.org), WXPN’s online source for discovering Philly’s best local music and a member of NPR’s ARGO Network, today launched a monthly online video series called The Key Studio Video Sessions to highlight local musicians. The series kicks off with a video showcasing Sisters 3, a Downingtown PA-based indie/folk trio. Future videos in the series will be released on the second Wednesday of each month.
Funding for The Key Studio Video Sessions came from a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The grant is also being used to fund the Key Studio Sessions, a weekly in-house interview and recording session at the WXPN studios with artists from the greater Philadelphia region, and Key Events which will be held on a quarterly basis. Recordings from the Key Studio Sessions are available for download each week through The Key website.
“This grant helps us extend our mission to support local artists and connect them with new audiences,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN program director. “The Key Studio Video Sessions are a great way to not only showcase our weekly Key Studio Sessions, but also provide local artists with a promotional video they can use to market their music.”
The first Key Event is scheduled for September 12 at World Cafe Live and will feature live performances by Hezekiah Jones & Andrew Lipke, Work Drugs and Black Landlord. All Key Events are free and open to the public with online registration here: http://xpn.org/events/first-key-event.
"Philadelphia's music scene is legendary, and we are excited about the opportunity to help bring today’s best artists to the community," said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation's vice president/arts.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge is a $9 million initiative supporting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphia's communities.
The Key is a content-rich source for Philly music and source of original local music content. Highlighting the best music from the greater Philadelphia area through exclusive interviews, concert previews, album reviews, MP3s, news, studio sessions and more, The Key covers a broad variety of music, including indie rock, DJ culture, folk, hip-hop, blues and rock.
For more information about The Key, visit http://thekey.xpn.org.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
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