Brent Faiyaz has shown appreciation for the ladies since his music career kicked off. In the beautiful spirit of Women’s History Month, the R&B singer is taking his pen from writing lyrics to checks to support his fans.
Black women founders face the most trials when attempting to secure VC funding, so the Grammy-nominated artist aims to play a role in helping to alleviate that by providing funding to jumpstart their innovative ideas.
“I want this to be the future of how Black business is done,” he said in a statement, according to Billboard. “Black people fund Black people.”
Similar to last year’s program, as previously reported by AfroTech, the $60,000 fund will be awarded among six Black women entrepreneurs.
How To Enter
For submissions, applicants must submit a one-minute video “introducing themselves and their business/startup, discussing any challenges their business has encountered and how the grant money will help support them,” according to the grant’s website.
The deadline for applications is March 10 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST. The six lucky bosses will be announced before the end of March.
To enter for the Show U Off Grant, click here.
Brent Faiyaz's Philanthropic Efforts
Before launching his grant program in 2021, the Baltimore native founded the Lost Kids Benefit concert in 2018, according to the outlet. As an advocate for youth, Faiyaz hosts the live event to be a conduit for his community during the holiday season.
“Holiday time is financially tough for a lot of families,” he told Nylon. “I want kids who don’t have much to be able to open new presents on Christmas. I’m from Maryland, so I already knew we could sell out a crazy show in Baltimore. I was born there, my family’s there, my community is there… Why not do a show? We’re still sorting it out to get the right organization on our side. We’ll take all the proceeds from the show and just hit up a Footlocker or DTLR if I have to. Kids need to feel special… Kids gotta feel good about themselves, man.”