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`Lawyers for the Arts` returns in 2022. (Image by Glen Murray/courtesy of ASI)
"Lawyers for the Arts" returns in 2022. (Image by Glen Murray/courtesy of ASI)

8 bands comprised of lawyers from local law firms will take the stage at The Tralf to benefit ASI's 'Give for Greatness'


Fri, Mar 4th 2022 01:20 pm

9th annual ‘Lawyers for the Arts’ fundraiser

To fundraise for ASI’s “Give for Greatness” grant program, eight all-law professional musical groups will give it their all on stage when Dansa D’Arta Soucia LLP and KeyBank present the ninth annual “Lawyers for the Arts” fundraiser next Saturday, March 12, from 1-5:30 p.m. at the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., Buffalo. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or by calling The Tralf at 716-852-2860. Doors open at noon. Ages 21-plus with proof of vaccination will be admitted.

“Lawyers for the Arts” marks its comeback after two years of being canceled due to the pandemic. After this long hiatus, these eager bands of lawyers representing several local law firms will perform crowd-pleasing covers on two stages at The Tralf to an enthusiastic, but smaller than usual crowd. For the purpose of public safety, the audience capacity will be capped at 600 persons.

In past years, tickets have sold out within a matter of days.

The funds raised from the event will benefit ASI’s “Give for Greatness” program, which awards operating funding for small to mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations in Western New York. For the 2021 grant cycle, ASI awarded $15,000 in funding to provide dire support for smaller organizations to increase their internal capacity after the detrimental effects of the pandemic on the arts. This was less than half of the amount the “Give for Greatness” program awarded in 2019 due to the cancellation of the “Lawyers for the Arts” event in 2020 and 2021.

“ ‘Give for Greatness’ is a unique program that awards grassroots cultural organizations for their important work by providing support for their general operating efforts,” ASI Executive Director Jen Swan said. “These organizations serve as critical cultural hubs across Western New York’s urban and rural communities, often operating on an annual budget of less than $20,000 and with nearly all-volunteer staff.”

More information about Lawyers for the Arts and Give for Greatness can be found at asiwny.org.

Arts Services Inc. (ASI) empowers the region's artists and arts organizations with connections to funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts. ASI is a resource hub for the Western New York arts and cultural sector.

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