"Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven
Directors Rachel Segal and Kenny Bean with the Primavera Artists on GTown Radio
In 2014, Rachel Segal, David Segal, and Kenny Bean came together to solve a problem. All three had spent their lives in and around music, and all three had come to the same conclusion: talent should never be lost because of financial circumstances. Becoming a professional musician is not easy. it takes talent, drive, and persistence. It also takes having the right tools and the right guidance. For too many young musicians, these essentials are out of reach. The Primavera Fund removes these barriers and ensures access to the superior music education that Philadelphia provides.
“You'll walk by more talent every day than you'll ever hear on the concert stage”
— David segal, c0-founder
Music is a powerful vehicle for finding one’s own voice in the world, and profound change can happen when the tools for success are given to young, deserving people. We at the Primavera Fund believe deeply in the talent that lives within our city, and that investing in our city's youth is an investment in the future of Philadelphia.
Associate Director Kenny Bean with violist Zebadiah Coombs at Kinhaven Music Center
We identify, mentor, and underwrite the artistic endeavors of young musicians whose talent surpasses their financial means. We create agents of change in communities as future performers,teachers, leaders, and role-models.
of Philadelphians live in poverty
young Philadelphians study instrumental music
of professional orchestral musicians are African American or Latino
So where does all that talent end up?
Sadly, most young talent never grows into professional success. Most young musicians never even attend concerts as adults because, with a 25% chance of living in poverty, they can't afford a ticket.
We nurture and mentor young, talented musicians so that they beat the odds and realize their dreams. We honor their hard work and dedication by providing the tools for success.
Primavera Artist Akili Farrow with her cabin at Interlochen Center for the Arts
Our Artists are well on their way to becoming the next generation of performers, and your generosity is what makes the difference. We currently support eleven young talents, but there are so many more in the Philadelphia area who are in desperate need of the support that we provide. Together, we can make their dreams come true.