LiveConnections inspires learning and builds community through collaborative music-making.


How do we do that?

  • By collaborating with top-notch artists from across the musical spectrum and facilitating interactions between artists from a variety of genres and disciplines.
  • By presenting innovative programs that actively engage audiences from school-age children to people with disabilities to general audiences.
  • By addressing issues of accessibility and providing opportunities for underserved populations to enjoy high-quality music.
  • By working with other arts organizations and community organizations across the region to extend the impact of programs and nurture a vibrant, creative environment.
  • By approaching live music performance as an essential social and educational experience that helps create engaged and well-rounded global citizens.
  • By partnering with acclaimed venue World Cafe Live to present programs in an acoustically superior space and expand the venue's community engagement.



About LiveConnections

LiveConnections, a nonprofit organization in residence at World Cafe Live, creates programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. In 2008, a team of artists, educators and entrepreneurs founded LiveConnections to boost music education for under-resourced Philadelphia schools and tap into the people-connecting power of music. Across all of our programs, LiveConnections is committed to artistry of the highest caliber, collaboration, community-building and accessibility/inclusion. We approach live music as an essential social and educational experience that helps create engaged and well-rounded global citizens.

Each year, LiveConnections reaches 5,000 participants with our dynamic educational programs. Bridge Sessions, our signature interactive performances at World Cafe Live, blend live music with hands-on activities. Sessions introduce students from Philadelphia public schools and youth and adults with disabilities to diverse musical cultures and build skills in listening, expressing ideas and synthesizing new information. We also offer in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools, providing sustained, in-depth music-making experiences for young people from under-resourced schools.

LiveConnections prioritizes accessibility for people with disabilities who face barriers to participation in the arts. We present Bridge Sessions and in-facility workshops 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.

In addition, LiveConnections curates a critically acclaimed concert series featuring adventurous, boundary-crossing collaborations. Our LiveConnections Presents concerts feature Grammy winners, local talent and rising stars; we frequently commission new music that blends musical styles and cultures; and our concert artists participate in our educational and community programming.


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