Press Release - 1.10.2017

Poster by Christina Hillman

City Winery, Karen Waltuch and the Official New York City WMW Chapter Present:

NEW YORK SUPPORTS THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON: A BENEFIT CONCERT

Diverse NYC Artists from Multiple Genres Will Take the Stage at City Winery on Sunday, January 15 All Proceeds to Benefit the Women’s March on Washington

(NEW YORK, January 10, 2017) – A multi-cultural lineup of New York City artists will come together for an inspiring performance at City Winery on Sunday, January 15 for New York Supports the Women's March on Washington: A Benefit Concert. In collaboration with City Winery, the concert will be organized by Karen Waltuch and the official local New York City Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) to raise funds for the much-anticipated national March taking place on January 21, 2017 in Washington DC.

Scheduled to appear will be Neo-Sufi artist Arooj Aftab, soulful rock/reggae musician Felice Rosser, Latin rock artist Ani Cordero, freestyle violinist and jazz singer Mazz Swift, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Larkin Grimm & vocalist/percussionist Anais Maviel, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Elena Moon Park, jazz singer/guitarist Camila Meza, blues/jazz duo Pyeng Threadgill & Derek Nievergelt and more. Additional artists, performers, and event details will be announced later in the week.

“The musical community of New York City is a microcosm of the most marginalized groups in our nation, and their strong voices will be the heralding call for communities to activate and support one another in the coming days. It is only fitting that we should send our support to the Women's March on Washington through their song. We are incredibly excited to collaborate with City Winery in presenting this meaningful benefit concert and thank them for their generosity,” said NYC Chapter Coordinator Karen Waltuch.

The concert’s performing artists have expressed their avid support for the March and its mission, as all will be donating their time for the event. Regarding their participation in the performance, artists Pyeng Threadgill & Derek Nievergelt said: "Right now it feels utterly crucial that we all find a place to participate more actively in securing our due rights in this country. As an African American woman and a man of color who care about equal rights for women, we both believe that art will be immensely necessary in healing our country and world. We want to continue to make our voices heard and remind others that music and art will always transform and connect us for the better."

City Winery’s enthusiasm and support for the March will allow for a prolific fundraising event, as 100% of the net proceeds from the event will go directly to support the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. "It has never been more important than at present for us to leverage what we can in support of the voices who are helping repair our world, “ says City Winery Founder and Owner Michael Dorf.

Doors for the concert will open at 5:30pm, with the show beginning at 6:00pm. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available for purchase through City Winery. Tickets will also be available at the door at City Winery, 155 Varick Street.

A pre-concert Sign-Making Workshop will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at City Winery for individuals to make signage and art for the March. The workshop will be open to all ages, and individuals and families can participate by donation.

Over two hundred thousand attendees are expected to descend upon Independence Avenue and Third Street SW where the March will begin on January 21. The benefit concert will raise funds for mounting logistical costs of the March.

Due to an overwhelming demand for transportation options to the March from New York City, many buses and train tickets have sold out. To assist with transportation, the NYC Chapter of WMW has organized a car share program with Enterprise for a four-person car share that would equate to approximately $68/rider. Full details of the program can be found on the NYC Chapter of WMW website.

To purchase tickets for the Benefit Concert, visit City Winery: http://bit.ly/2ia3KB0

For information on the afternoon Sign-Making Workshop, visit the event page: http://bit.ly/2iycHQz

For more Information on upcoming events, visit the NYC Chapter of WMW: https://www.womensmarchnyc.com/

CONTACT:

Please direct press inquiries to Emily Connor from the NYC Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington at emily.womensmarchnyc@gmail.com

NATIONAL INFORMATION:

The Women’s March on Washington takes place at 10 AM on January 21 in Washington, DC the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. The fully permitted march organized by a diverse national coalition of activists including Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland has partnered with over 30 national organizations to ensure that the march represents a wide variety of interest groups.

The full list of partner organizations for the national march is available online at www.womensmarch.com/partners; it includes Amnesty International, Black Girls Rock, American Indian Movement, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Trayvon Martin Foundation, and more.

In a December 16 statement, Amnesty International USA declared that it was rallying its members across the nation to attend the historic march. The NYC Chapter is currently looking for partnerships, both collaborative and financial. “We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” said Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. “We decided to cosponsor the Women’s March on Washington to help send a loud and clear message that human rights must be respected.”

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ABOUT NYC Chapter, WMW:

The Women’s March on Washington is a pure grassroots effort helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee. It is also comprised of state level coordinators and hundreds of volunteers inspired to keep progress moving forward. The mission of the NYC Chapter is to gain participation from New Yorkers of all faiths, colors, nationalities, orientations, disabilities, citizenship status, and identities.

This is another step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We will send a strong message to the new administration the day after Inauguration. We will not back down, but move forward together with our eyes on 2020.