Before Bob Dylan performed the first show of The Met Philadelphia's grand reopening, Live Nation - which undertook the more-than-100-year-old former opera house's renovation - made a promise: to donate part of the ticket sales to local schools. Now, it's following up on that pledge.
On Friday, the events promoter and venue operator is donating $23,000 to the School District of Philadelphia. The move fulfills part of Live Nation's pledge to donate 25 cents of every ticket sold at The Met to Philadelphia schools.
The donation is set to be presented at Strawberry Mansion High School. It's an inspired choice, given that one of the school's most famous alumni is none other than Philly rapper and criminal justice reform activist Meek Mill. Not only that, but Friday is also the start of Meek Mill Weekend in the city, and the rapper is performing shows at The Met on both Friday and Saturday night.
The cash from this donation and future donations will go to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, which will disperse it to schools around the district, according to Live Nation.
Strawberry Mansion High School will use its share toward its Destined to Achieve Successful Heights (DASH) program, which has developed a music business curriculum currently being piloted at the school.