Live Nation Announces First Recipients For Women's Fund
Live Nation today announced that its Women Nation Fund has selected three female-led businesses for its first round of funding: Tina Farris Tours, Conscious City Guide and Kingdom of Mind.
Launched in May 2018, the fund is an early-stage investment vehicle to give underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the live entertainment industry access to company resources and capital.
Tina Farris Tours was founded by tour manager Tina Farris with an artist roster including The Roots, The Internet, Anderson .Paak, Lil Wayne, Black Eyed Peas and Chris Rock. She also co-produces Roots Picnic, Broccoli City and newcomer Queensfest and launched a women’s mentoring group in 2016 called "Decades," which has produced several successful events and conferences in four different countries.
"Getting artists out on the road in front of their fans has been the heart and soul of Tina Farris Tours for over a decade, and I know Live Nation believes in this mission which is why I’m so honored to have their support," Farris said in a statement.
Conscious City Guide, co-founded by Mel Nahas and Kiki Falconer, is an online platform that identifies and promotes live events across the globe that foster awareness for the self, the community, or the planet with more than 12,000 events since its inception.
"It’s clear that Live Nation created the Women Nation Fund because they care about elevating the community through live events, and we're extremely grateful to have their support,” Nahas said in a release.
Finally, Kingdom of Mind, founded by Isabella Kelly, is an event production and promotions business focused on secondary/tertiary markets in California and soon the Pacific Northwest.
"At Kingdom of Mind we’re curating unique events that bring talent to cities they might not have visited on a typical tour route. To have the world’s largest live entertainment company not only believing in, but also investing in this model is a dream opportunity and will help us create some incredibly memorable live shows for artists and fans," Kelly said.
Michael Rapino, president and chief executive for Live Nation added "by backing these women, we hope to help them grow their companies in new directions and set the stage for even more women to lead the future of live."
The Woman Nation Fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. To learn more about the Women Nation Fund or to apply, please visit womennationfund.livenation.com.