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Virtual concert with Fort Worth's Leon Bridges will help Near Southside workers

Virtual concert with Leon Bridges will help Near Southside workers

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Leon Bridges will put on a virtual concert on April 30 to benefit the Southside C.A.R.E.S. Fund. Photo by Shelley Neuman

UPDATE: The event aimed to raise $50,000. It surpassed that, raising an astounding $63,000, organizers said on May 1.

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Fort Worth's own Leon Bridges will put on a live virtual concert on Thursday, April 30 to help raise funds for the Southside C.A.R.E.S. Fund, which benefits local creatives and service industry workers.

Presented by Kent & Co. Magnolia Wine Bar with support from Schaefer Advertising Co. and Fort Worth Weekly, the free concert will start at 8 pm from an undisclosed location so no one is tempted to actually show up in person.

Viewers can tune in to the concert on Twitch.tv using the link embedded here. Anyone watching the concert is encouraged to donate whatever they can at www.wegetbytogether.com or via PayPal using the name @southsidecares.

The Southside Culinary Arts Retail Entertainment and Service Fund offers $250 relief grants to Near Southside creatives, gig, and service workers who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Any person currently employed, or previously employed in the Near Southside immediately prior to COVID-19 who is facing a financial hardship can apply for a relief grant. That includes anyone in the following professions:

  • Culinary professionals including kitchen staff, cooking schools, food truck operators, brewers, distillers, restaurant management, self-employed food entrepreneurs, and other food-based positions.
  • Art professionals including artists of all media, arts educators, and nonprofit arts professionals. Artists who are self-employed may apply if they are a resident of the Near Southside district.
  • Retail professionals in customer service and management.
  • Entertainment professionals including musicians, actors, comedians, sound technicians, lighting, stage management, recording and talent booking.
  • Service industry professionals including restaurant and bar front of house staff, and service providers such as health instructors, stylists, and service managers.

Anyone whose profession is not on that list but believes it should be included in the spirit of this grant can also apply and detail the specifics of his or her role in the Near Southside.

All applicants must demonstrate a professional connection to the district and provide a simple statement of need. Qualified applicants will be eligible for a one-time grant of $250. All applications received will be evaluated for need and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those who are able to contribute to the fund, donations will be tax-deductible, with tax acknowledgements provided by Historic Southside, Inc. for any individual donations of $250 or more.