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TAAF, Panda Express invest over $500,000 into AAPI artists

Last week, Panda Express revealed a $1 million grant to The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to elevate AAPI representation. Now, TAAF, Panda Express, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute are teaming up to provide over $500,000 in funds for a fellowship and scholarship to elevate emerging AAPI talent.

This year, six artists were accepted into the fellowship which includes a $20,000 unrestricted grant for each to fund their projects plus additional, customized support from the Institute.

An additional six emerging artists will also receive TAAF/Sundance scholarships this year that will allow them to enroll in a live online course of their unique discipline, receive a Creator+ Sundance Collab membership to access Master Classes, participate in exclusive networking and community-building events, and receive guidance from their Sundance Collab Advisors on their projects.

2022 Grammys: Olivia Rodrigo wins 3 awards including Best New Artist, BTS performs ‘Butter’

  • Filipino American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo took home three trophies for her wins in the Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
  • R&B duo Silk Sonic, which is composed of Filipino American singer Bruno Mars and Korean American rapper Anderson .Paak, won four awards, including for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song of the Year and Best R&B performance.
  • Gabriella Wilson, better known as H.E.R., won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance. The artist of Filipino and African American descent also performed two of her songs at the event alongside Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Travis Barker.
  • Brooklyn-based singer Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani to win a Grammy when she took home the trophy for Best Global Music Performance for her song “Mohabbat.”

Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars and H.E.R. were some of several Asian American artists to take home awards at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.  

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter Rodrigo took home three trophies for her wins in the Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories.

Kollaboration Celebrates Asian Americans in Arts and Media With Epic Wrap Party on Dec. 7

Non-profit grassroots movement Kollaboration is celebrating what the Asian American community has to offer in the world of media and entertainment with its annual STAR Showcase.

The STAR Showcase, which will be held at Café Club Fais Do-Do in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, features six artists who were chosen through a nationwide series of talent competitions to vie for the National Kollaboration Champion title.

30 Malaysian Artists Came Together to Transform an Abandoned Lot into a Street Art Exhibit

Malaysian-born artist and architectural designer Red Hong Yi and filmmaker Jared Abdul Rahman brought together 30 talented artists from Sabah to create magnificent works of art collectively called the “Pillars of Sabah.”

The ambitious project saw artists of diverse ages, ethnicity and art styles transform an abandoned site in downtown Kota Kinabalu into an area that celebrates art and community.