“Simply put, ‘Movement’ in ‘Music for the Movement’ is referring to dismantling racism’s existence in our society. The platform we created is specifically protesting mass incarceration and police brutality,” says Alfieri.
Alfieri adds that, while the concert itself is free, the event will serve as a donation-based fundraiser for three local nonprofit organizations focused on these issues: 1HoodMedia, Jailbreak PGH, and Bukit Bail Fund.
Music for the Movement will take place on Sun., Dec. 12 from 1-10 p.m at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Featured musicians include Wild Blue Yonder, Center of Life Quintet, Roger Romero, Ether, Aleighsha, Cameron/Eli/Dan, Shamar Hampton, Special K, Paul Thompson and Yoko Suzuki, LMAS Shoota Shak, Zende, and the Byron Nash Trio.
On top of live music, there will also be speakers from 1Hood, Jailbreak, and Bukit Bail Fund, as well as the Black Action Society at Pitt.
Alfieri says he was inspired by a professor who talked about "using music as a function beyond just something for our ears to enjoy and harnessing it as a vessel to create changes we want to see in the world."
“When reaching out to artists and organizations I knew they would rightfully be skeptical about a white male college student organizing a protest concert against racial injustice. I knew that my good intentions alone would not be enough to pull this off the right way,” he says. “So when I was getting people on board I made it clear that I only wanted to use my position and power as a white male to give my space to Black leaders to use, and that I alone could not organize this event.”
Alfieri says he is most excited to work with 1HoodMedia. After following the organization since he was in high school, he says it is “one of the honors of my life as well as soul nourishment” to work with them.
Music for the Movement. 1-10 p.m. Sun., Dec. 12. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. 650 Schenley Drive., Oakland. Free. All ages. instagram.com/musicforthemovementpgh