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BENEFIT announces SHAED as headliner for its 2023 Crossroads Music Festival

BENEFIT announces SHAED as headliner for its 2023 Crossroads Music Festival  Multi-platinum D.C.-based trio to perform on Friday night of live music event benefiting nonprofits in Loudoun County LEESBURG, Va. (August 17, 2023) – BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival is back and bigger than ever. Expanding to two evenings of live music, Sept. 15 and 16, to raise funds for nonprofits serving the Loudoun County community, the event will feature SHAED , a multi-platinum Washington, D.C.-based trio, headlining the Friday evening segment.                                     SHAED SHAED — Chelsea Lee, her husband Spencer Ernst, and his twin brother Max Ernst —spent much of 2018 and 2019 supporting their global breakout single, “Trampoline,” which has nearly 2 billion streams to date, has received feverish radio play — #1 on the Alternative and Rock Airplay charts — and has been used in multiple television shows. The trio has toured worldwide both as a headliner and at festivals, including perfo

BENEFIT becomes nonprofit organization

LEESBURG, Va. (August 8, 2023) – In 2016, a small group of Loudoun County community members had the idea to use live music to bring people together to raise awareness about the need in the community and foster a culture of giving. Now, after several years, multiple live music performances, and approximately $134,000 in proceeds raised and distributed to nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County, BENEFIT announces it has officially become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.   BENEFIT , a coalition of musicians and community leaders, was  established  in 2017 as a program that was supported and guided by several organizations while the group grew and began forming its own groundwork to become a nonprofit organization.   “Similar to many startups, BENEFIT began as a small program that was nurtured within larger organizations,” Ara Bagdasarian, BENEFIT co-founder and president, said. “However, through continuous growth over the years, we reached the point where we were able to branch

BENEFIT’s 2023 Crossroads Music Festival scheduled for Sept. 16 in downtown Leesburg

Live music event to benefit nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun County (Performer list updated July 24, 2023) LEESBURG, Va. (June 20, 2023) – Over 30 musicians and bands will be performing original music for BENEFIT’s 2023 Crossroads Music Festival. The event will be held at 12 different venues in downtown Leesburg from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.    Established in 2017, BENEFIT is a coalition of musicians and community leaders uniting people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun County.    Performances will take place at multiple venues allowing festival attendees to customize their own evening of music entertainment. Each artist will perform a 60-minute set at their designated venue.  “This is the fourth year BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival will be held at venues in downtown Leesburg,” Ara Bagdasarian, BENEFIT co-founder, said. “We are excited to be able to showcase the amazing musical talent in our re

BENEFIT announces grant recipients

 LEESBURG, Va. (May 22, 2023) – Eight nonprofit organizations have been selected as recipients of grant funding from BENEFIT. Established in 2017, BENEFIT is a coalition of musicians and community leaders uniting people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations serving children in need in Loudoun County.  A total of $25,000 was awarded among the eight nonprofit organizations. The grant funding was raised from proceeds of BENEFIT’s 2022 Crossroads Music Festival. Recipients of BENEFIT grant funding include: A Hand Up - NOVA, Inc., which operates the Northern Virginia Diaper Bank , $3,600; Food For Neighbors , $3,500; Ryan Bartel Foundation , $3,400; LAWS Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services , $3,300; Legacy Farms , $2,900; Loudoun Literacy Council , $2,800; The Salvation Army of Loudoun , $2,800; and Just Neighbors Ministry , $2,700. “We have such admiration and respect for the nonprofit organizations that serve our community,” Amy Bobchek, co-founde

Call for musicians for BENEFIT’s 2023 Crossroads Music Festival

  Musicians to be showcased at Sept. 16 event in downtown Leesburg   BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival is returning to downtown Leesburg on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. The organization is extending a call for musicians to perform at the event.   BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival features original music performances from regional songwriters and bands for an evening of music that helps support Loudoun County community nonprofit organizations.   Established in 2017, Bands Empowering Nonprofits with Engagement and Fundraising Improving Tomorrow (BENEFIT) is a coalition of musicians and community leaders uniting people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits serving children in need in Loudoun County.   Bands, singer-songwriters and other musicians who are interested in offering their time and performing a 60-minute showcase set are encouraged to submit their information through the online application form on  BENEFIT’s Performer page  (www.benefit.live/performers) no late

BENEFIT accepting Loudoun nonprofit grant applications

  Grant application process opens March 13, 2023 LEESBURG, Va. (Feb. 27, 2023) – BENEFIT, a coalition of Loudoun County musicians and community leaders, will be accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations beginning Monday, March 13.    Nonprofit organizations that serve children in need in Loudoun County are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Friday, April 14, 2023.   BENEFIT stands for Bands Empowering Nonprofits with Engagement and Fundraising Improving Tomorrow. Established in 2017, BENEFIT’s mission is to unite people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits serving children in need in Loudoun County.   A total of $25,000 will be available to Loudoun nonprofits for grant funding. Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $2,000 – $5,000. The money for the grants was raised from proceeds of BENEFIT’s 2022 Crossroads Music Festival. To qualify, applicants must: be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides services to children in need

BENEFIT shows music makes a difference with 2022 Crossroads Music Festival

  Final proceeds from event to be awarded through a grant application process in spring 2023 to nonprofits serving children in Loudoun County LEESBURG, Va. (Oct. 25, 2022) – Music filled the air in downtown Leesburg on Saturday, Sept. 17, to help raise funds for a great cause.   BENEFIT’s 2022 Crossroads Music Festival included performances from over 25 musicians and bands at multiple venues. This was the third year the event was held in downtown Leesburg. Over $30,000 was raised from the event, and final proceeds from funds raised will go toward grant funding to nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun County.   BENEFIT, established in 2017, is a coalition of musicians and community leaders with the mission of uniting people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun County.   BENEFIT’s 2022 Crossroads Music Festival set a record for the organization’s fundraising efforts.   “We are overjoyed with the success of the event