The Mac Miller Fund continues to give back to the Pittsburgh creative community in honor of the late rapper who passed away in 2018. On June 22, the Mac Miller Fund announced plans to award 75 micro-grants of $1,000 each to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists.
Applications for the program are open from now until July 23. Those from Pennsylvania counties such as Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland are eligible for the grants.
“This program is yet another wonderful example of how the fund is channeling Mac Miller’s spirit in the Pittsburgh region and the rest of the country,” Pittsburgh Foundation CEO Lisa Schroeder said. “As his fame skyrocketed, he shared his musical artistry generously – allowing people to internalize it however they would choose, and he reached out broadly.”
Winners of the grants will be informed of the committee’s decision by September 1 at the latest. Mac Miller’s family originally established the Mac Miller Fund in his name following his tragic passing in September 2018 due to an accidental drug overdose.
“The BIPOC Artist Micro-Grant program is a way for the Foundation to carry forward Mac Miller’s creative and artistic legacy and his family’s vision for helping artists, particularly younger artists, recognize their full potential,” said VP of the Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy Kelly Uranker.
In 2019, the Mac Miller Fund donated $100,000 to fund an apprenticeship program to help troubled teens develop skills for a potential career in sound engineering.