World Cafe Live is a nonprofit devoted to supporting live music, music education, and community engagement in Philadelphia. 100% of proceeds are reinvested into the WCL Experience! Now, every dollar spent on tickets, food & drink, and special events supports our mission. We’re growing a vibrant ecosystem of live music and education in Philadelphia.



World Cafe Live is a proud member of NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association. NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.

The Save Our Stages Act provides Small Business Administration grants for independent venues, promoters, and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer at least six months of financial support to keep us afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector and our ecosystem for communities across America.

To get the Save Our Stages Act and RESTART Act across the finish line, we absolutely need your help. Every one of your letters and calls to your local Senators and Representatives is what will keep us alive and get these acts passed. Without your help, many will surely perish and close their doors forever.

Call, Email, Write, Shout! It takes less than 30 seconds to click the “Take Action” button below and send a letter to your elected representatives.



In late 2019, we merged with our longtime nonprofit partner LiveConnections. Since 2008, LiveConnections’ free educational programs have reached 50,000 participants, including Philly public school students and youth and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. We will continue the great education and community work LiveConnections has always been known for, from Bridge Sessions to school residencies to unique collaborations. You can read more about those programs here. This new chapter will empower us both to achieve our goal of providing accessible live music for all.

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You can also donate by mailing a check made out to World Cafe Live to 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
All donations are tax deductible & you will receive a tax receipt.

Charity Registration
World Cafe Live is registered as is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, tax ID 26-2666641. The official registration and financial information of may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.