Legendary hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz recently hosted a virtual TED talk discussing ways he's dedicated to helping fellow creatives thrive and succeed. Aiming to "revolutionize the way artists do business," the star shares ways he's supporting living visual artists and stresses that protecting that arts means protecting our future.
He describes growing up in the South Bronx, surrounded by live music and street art and names music as his source of therapy for many years. He also goes on to talk about his many accolades, explaining that his success and passions could no longer be fun unless he found a way to give back to other creatives. Swizz Beats speaks about founding The Dean Collection, a museum started first for his family, and ways it has expanded to be accessible for everyone -- especially artists who may not have the money or exposure for larger art institutions or galleries.
Some of the other ways to show support mentioned include "a roving art fair that gives artists 100 percent of their sales, a new commission system for galleries to fund living visual artists and Verzuz and online musical celebrations that bring joy to fans and sales to musicians."