Rex Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Phil @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation, founded by the Grateful Dead in 1983, celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and continues to support community organizations through the art of giving. In September, the Rex Foundation donated $72,500 to 13 grassroots charities, marking a total of $1 million in grants since its renewal in 2001 in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.

Ali Akbar College of Music received this year's Ralph J. Gleason Award, named in honor of the pioneering music critic and chronicler of San Francisco's music scene. The mission of the Ali Akbar College of Music is to teach, perform and preserve the classical music of North India. The Rex grant of $10,000 will go to support the Library and Archive Project, which will house the ongoing collection of Ali Akbar Khan and his college in order to make it accessible to students, scholars, and music lovers.

All Stars Project, San Francisco Bay Area received the Jerry Garcia Award, honoring the Grateful Dead's late guitarist. This group brings to California's Bay Area the All Stars "performatory" approach to inner-city youth development. The $10,000 grant will help ASP create outside-of-school, educational and performing arts activities for poor and minority young people.

The Beat Within is this year's recipient of the Bill Graham Award, honoring the memory of the legendary concert promoter and philanthropist. The Beat Within provides incarcerated youth the means for self-expression and positive connection with their community through weekly writing and conversation workshops and weekly publication of their writing and art; the $10,000 grant from the Rex Foundation will further their work.

In addition, 10 grassroots groups received smaller grants; see the accompanying page for a full listing.

Since its foundation in 1983, the Rex Foundation has granted $8.4 million to over 1,000 recipients, primarily grassroots non-profit organizations likely to be under the radar of larger funding entities.  Continuing to embody the spirit of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts, the Rex Foundation seeks to include and engage many people with activities that honor the spirit of community, service and creativity.

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