Our mission is to build a sovereign organization that can produce Hip Hop at a level of authenticity and accessibility that the corporate industry cannot replicate. We uplift our most empowered voices in the Hip Hop and Activist community, with the power and protection of our 501c3 status to create an economic base of self-determination, and take back the ownership of what Hip Hop truly means to the community it originates from.
2020 Awardee of both the William J. Zellerbach Award For Social Change and the SF Symphony's Ellen Magnin Newman Award
SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
Our social justice events are supported by community funds and sponsorships to allow free and accessible experiences for all. These events are centered around the most pressing social justice issues that our communities face. In addition to serving as community spaces for creative expression and healing, these events disrupt the current models of consumer capitalism that inhibit Hip Hop from shining at its best.
We have taught over 25,000 youth nationwide and internationally the history of Hip Hop evolution, music, and culture. Our program gives K-12 and university level students the tools they need to facilitate positive self-expression and better understand Hip Hop Culture, which is rooted in Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun.
The primary function of our grassroots program is to generate organizers and activists by giving them the skills, tools, and resources to advocate for our community. Secondarily, they work in resourced affluent neighborhoods, seeking allies to bring back funds to our marginalized communities.
EVENT ALERT: Join us for our Giving Tuesday Fundraising Gala!
Date: Tuesday November 30th
Time: 6-9 PM PST
East Bay Community Space
507 55th St. Oakland CA 94609
LA FEMME DEADLY VENOMS
LATEEF THE TRUTHSPEAKER
It is our pleasure and honor to invite you to Hip Hop For Change’s Giving Tuesday Fundraising Gala. Please join us for an evening to meet our organization, speak with our team, and learn about our new initiatives as we celebrate our eight productive years of community activism, cultural education, and events.
As an organization, we had to pivot drastically during the past 17 months to ensure the survival of our work and programming. Yet, despite these challenges, we are still able to continue our work due to generous donations from our loving HH4C family and supporters.
Though we’ve worked hard in 2020 and 2021 as a Hip Hop organization, we cannot forget Hip Hop’s last principle, Having fun! We welcome you to join us for some fun as we welcome our past supporters, new donors, and friends.
Jamaican/Caribbean food and hand-crafted cocktails/mocktails will be provided by our local community partners Kingston 11 Cuisine and Copper Spoon.
This in-person event will take place on Tuesday, November 30th at the East Bay Community Space from 6PM-9PM. It will also be live-streamed for those who cannot make it out in person or who have COVID-19 safety concerns. Live stream link to be provided shortly. Please RSVP here as space is highly limited. We will ask that all in-person attendees provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Masks will also be required. We will provide masks and hand sanitizer at our check-in station and take all necessary precautions to keep our guests and staff safe.
If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to our Giving Tuesday Campaign!
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have lost 25% of our donor base and were forced to let go of our entire grassroots canvassing team. Additionally, COVID-19 policies mandating nationwide school closures have paused our pending contracts for the remaining school year. Many of our artist educators rely on these teaching contracts and are struggling to stay financially secure.
Despite economic hardship, we are still doing inspirational work in the community and being recognized for it. In the midst of COVID-19, we have developed an online Hip Hop curriculum, provided jobs to local artists, and started building a free recording studio for the youth to express themselves.
Black dreams and Black futures are worth still fighting for! Please consider becoming a monthly donor as we navigate through these difficult times together. Thank you, from the Hip Hop For Change family.
We are very excited to announce that our long-time dream of owning our own professional recording studio is now a reality! We started construction on August 1, 2020 and we hope to have it completed by summer 2021.
Hip Hop For Change Recording Studios will be a FREE community space for youth under 24 to emotionally and creatively express themselves. It will also help us create sound engineering jobs for local artists. The studio triples as an additional space for our Education Department to program Hip Hop classes and workshops from. From tracking and mixing, beat-making and rapping, to podcasting and video editing, we want this space to be a welcoming environment for all things Hip Hop.
We are calling on our supporters to help us build a state of the art studio and pay for the digital equipment needed to operate it. Please consider donating and being a part of this very special journey as we move our dream forward. Let's invest in our youth together!
LOOK FRESH WHILE FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!
JOIN THE FIGHT FOR OUR CULTURE!
BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR.
Hip Hop For Change does not take corporate donations. We are 100% funded by the community, and we could not do the work that we do without the help of our supporters and monthly donors. Thank you!