Grants for Summer Concerts Help UCAN Pay Performers

Check out this great write-up in the Wisconsin State Journal on UCAN's Summer Concert Series! We thank Madison Media Institute, Madison Arts Commission, and Dane Arts. Without their support, these events would not be possible.  

Join us THIS Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Penn Park from 3pm to 9pm! Click here for more details about performances.

“What we really want to emphasize is that we compensate our artists for their performances. Not much, but we’ve received a Dane Arts grant and a Madison Arts Commission grant for the second year in a row,” he said. “With that money we’re not only able to secure the space for these events, but to compensate artists, which is something that we firmly believe in — because one of our missions is to create a sustainable local music scene.”
“We can’t do that if we’re not setting a good example,” said DJ Pain 1, who recently completed the national Teaching Artist Training program sponsored by the Overture Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“We want to set a precedent for hip hop artists, so they know they should be compensated,” he said. “All artists should be compensated, but that doesn’t always happen.”


Summer Concerts and lunchtime workshops!

For the Love of Hip-Hop
Summer Concert Series returns downtown plus lunchtime workshops at “Top of State”
MADISON, Wis. (June 19, 2015) Learn about hip-hop culture from industry professionals, and groove to the beat of rappers, dancers and singers with the Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN) Summer Concert Series in downtown Madison.  All events are all ages, and celebrate positive urban arts, creativity and collaboration.
For the Love of Hip-Hop Summer Concert Series
30 on the Square, 30 W. Mifflin St. (outdoor stage at corner of State St., N. Carroll St. & W. Mifflin St.)
Presented by the Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN).
Rappers, dancers, singers and more. All shows are all ages.
·         Saturday, June 27, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
·         Sunday, July 5, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
More dates to be announced!  See or call (608) 561-UCAN for information.
“Learn at Lunch” Workshops
Presented in partnership with the “Top of State” summer program series.  See for details, or call (608) 512-1342.  (May be cancelled or rescheduled in the event of rain.)
Learn at Lunch: Hip-Hop History
Wednesday, July 1, noon-1:00 pm
Philosopher's Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.)
ShaH Evans describes the elements of Hip-Hop over the past few decades, taking you from old school to new. DJ Pain 1 spins all the hits on this walk through time.
Learn at Lunch: Beat that!
Wednesday, July 15, noon-1:00 pm
Philosopher's Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.)
Have you ever wondered who makes the music in rap songs? DJ Pain 1 will walk you through the steps of beat production. Attend this workshop and give feedback to help him produce another hit!
About the Presenters:
ShaH eats, sleeps and breathes Hip-Hop, and has been booking local and national acts for years. He is the owner of music blog, Get Your Buzz and ME Management and Consulting. ShaH also speaks about positive life choices with youth and young adults in Madison and surrounding areas.
DJ Pain 1 is a platinum-certified professional Hip-Hop producer, DJ, and certified secondary educator, who has produced records for artists such as Ludacris, Public Enemy, The Game, and Jadakiss. DJ Pain 1 recently completed the Teaching Artist Training program through Overture Center for the Arts in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN) works to empower and unify youth and adults through urban arts, specifically Hip-Hop, by creating live music events in the community, promoting professional growth, and building sustainable and safe performance opportunities for all local Hip-Hop artists.
The BID “Top of State” summer programming series feature an eclectic mix of music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and pop-up or drop-in events, June through September, where State Street meets the Square, in Philosophers’ Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.) and 30 on the Square (100 N. Carroll St.).   Find more information and a schedule at or call (608) 512-1342.  The Top of State summer programs are presented by Madison’s Central BID in partnership with the City of Madison, Madison Parks Foundation and Isthmus.
Media Contacts:
Karen Reece, PhD
President, Urban Community Arts Network, Ltd.
Mary Carbine, Madison Central BID (Top of State)
(608) 512-1340