The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Mac Miller Circles Fund unveiled

Grants will support programs and provide resources for youth in underserved communities

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Oct. 3, 2018 – The family of Malcolm McCormick (Mac Miller) has partnered with The Pittsburgh Foundation to establish the Mac Miller Circles Fund in honor of the Pittsburgh native and nationally known rapper and producer.

The partnership is in conjunction with yesterday’s announcement of the “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” concert that will benefit the new fund. Family members have set the philanthropic purpose as “to provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”

“Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” concert will be presented Oct. 31 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring artists including Action Bronson, Anderson Paak, Chance the Rapper, Dylan Reynolds, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, John Mayer, Miguel, Njomza, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Thundercat, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and Vince Staples. Ticket sales will begin at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST on Oct. 5, through Ticketmaster.com. Donations can be made and information about the fund can be found at http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/macmiller.

McCormick’s family issued the following statement as part of the announcement of the new fund:

“Malcolm had a passion and commitment, not only to the arts, but to creating, deepening and protecting the idea and practice of community. The Mac Miller Circles Fund will continue his vision of giving access and opportunities to kids to explore the arts and to have a positive impact on communities across the country. He cared very much about working to make the world a kinder place and we will continue to do just that.”

In announcing the Fund, Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Maxwell King commended the family for establishing a philanthropic legacy in the city that had a profound influence on McCormick’s development as an artist. “Mac Miller was among the brightest young talents to emerge from our city. His vitality and creativity live on through this fund at the Foundation. We plan to work closely with his family to support programs that help young people find their voice and their truth through the arts.”  

McCormick was born in Pittsburgh in 1992 and grew up in the city’s Point Breeze neighborhood. He attended Winchester Thurston School before graduating from Pittsburgh Allderdice High School in 2010. A gifted and self-taught musician, McCormick began recording his own music at age 15, regularly performing at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and other venues around Pittsburgh. In 2010, at age 18, he released his breakout mixtape “K.I.D.S.” and went on to release five studio albums, including his chart-topping, Pittsburgh-referencing “Blue Slide Park” in 2011. His most recent studio album “Swimming,” was released Aug. 3 by Remember Music and Warner Bros. Records. Production on the album was handled by McCormick himself under a pseudonym, along with others and was praised upon its release as his finest artistic achievement to date.

MEDIA CONTACT

Douglas Root
The Pittsburgh Foundation
412-394-2647
rootd@pghfdn.org