I definitely feel there is a need to highlight the companies and venues that support the hip hop scene and culture. We sincerely appreciate those in the communities we work in that see how we are seeking to showcase the true culture and are there to support the mission. In Washington DC, there are not many venues willing to host but some great locations are Tropicalia, off the historical U St NW corridor in Washington DC, and The Wind Up Space in Baltimore MD. There are a few pop up spaces such as The Museum DC, a new store and museum highlighting the hip hop culture & art forms, and the The Gateway Pavilion in DC. Each space communicates, promotes and works with the promoters and talent in a positive manner. In addition, they assure each event is top notch quality, with a positive vibe to it.
We have found that many venues outside the DMV area seem to work with the promoter and event planner as a partner rather than trying to profit off of them. Venues in NYC and Baltimore MD are more willing to give back deposits if bar guarantees are met. In addition, the fees are much less than what are seen in the Washington DC area.
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