Rachel Platten, Jake Wesley Rogers, Lindsay Ell, Home Free To Perform At Inaugural Theater Alliance Gala Benefit

Lindsay Ell (Photo Provided)

Rachel Platten, Jake Wesley Rogers, Lindsay Ell and Home Free will perform individual sets live as part of the Oak View Group Theater Alliance’s inaugural gala at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

The Theater Alliance, a nationwide collective of marquee theaters and performing arts venues in top-tier markets across North America, will also unveil the Theater Fund during the event, which will help Alliance members rebuild post-pandemic and support their local arts communities. Oak View Group is parent company to Pollstar.

“It’s my honor to give back to the establishments that have been so crucial in hosting the most influential live entertainment in our country,” Platten said in the announcement. “These venues have provided us artists with a platform to share our stories, fuel our dreams, and connect with communities across the country.”

Attendees at the gala can network with high-level Industry executives, promoters, agents, and managers during the event which also includes a silent auction.

To register for the event, click here.  To donate directly to the OVG Theater Alliance Fund, click here.

In collaboration with Music’s Promise, the Theater Alliance has created the Theater Fund, a 501(C)3 that will support Theater Alliance members, many of which operate through or with non-profit entities. All proceeds will be distributed equally among members, going directly to nonprofit theaters or to local philanthropic partners if the theater is privately owned or for-profit.

“The single most important issue our members identified was sources of funding – to support their operations and their communities. Our team is so proud and excited to create an opportunity for Oak View Group and the industry as a whole to give back to a community of venues that play an integral role in the live entertainment ecosystem,” Joe Giordano, vice president of the Arena, Stadium & Theater Alliance, said. “We’re thrilled to host our inaugural gala at Grand Ole Opry House, which is, without question, the cultural heartbeat of Nashville.”

Joe Giordano, Arena, Stadium & Theater Alliance VP.

Giordano added: “Even the most significant theaters in the nation are facing live-or-die challenges post-pandemic, but these venues – which are home to resident companies, symphonies, off-Broadway shows and more while fueling downtown economies – are stepping up to nurture the fine arts in their communities. The Alliance’s collective thinking is going to help the industry across the nation recover.”

Oak View Group launched the Theater Alliance in January 2023 with an inaugural roster of 39 theaters and performing arts venues in 18 markets across North America.

Members benefit from collective buying power, routing of non-traditional content, sponsorship opportunities, industry best practices and resources, and shared proceeds from the fundraising gala, which will become an annual event.

Tim Leiweke, chairman and CEO of Oak View Group, said, “The Theater Alliance has enabled Oak View Group to gather the top theaters and performing arts venues in the nation to keep our finger on the pulse of this vibrant and essential corner of our industry. We know that – especially coming out of the pandemic – funding is critical for theaters to thrive and support their communities, and we have droves of talent, promoters, managers and industry leaders who are going to see to it that these venues have access to the resources they need to succeed.”

Theater Alliance Members include:

ACL Live at Moody Theater (Austin, TX)
AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas TX)
Beacon Theatre, Theater at MSG, and Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY)
Boch Center (Boston, MA)
The Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL)
First Interstate Center (Spokane, WA)
Fox Theatre (Detroit, MI)
Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Pabst Theater Group (Milwaukee, WI)
Paramount Theatre (Denver, CO)
Paramount Theatre (Oakland, CA)
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh, PA)
Portland’5 Centers for the Arts (Portland, OR)
Ryman Auditorium & Grand Ole Opry House (Nashville, TN)
Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA)
Stifel Theatre (St. Louis, MO)
Tulsa Performing Arts Center (Tulsa, OK)