CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An annual music festival in Charlottesville is asking for support to help make this year’s event happen.

The Nine Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Fest is entering its third year of celebrating all elements of hip-hop.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise $4,000 to cover venue rental, art supplies, and compensations for artists.

Organizers say this year will feature the same key events, but they're also expanding their focus to include musicians from outside of central Virginia.

“We've got performers this year coming in from North Carolina - Cesar Comanche of Justus League is performing at our block party event, as well as Marcel P. Black from Louisiana - so we're expanding our circle somewhat, trying to get more engagement also within Virginia,” Cullen Wade, the festival’s director, said.

Organizers say the funding deadline is April 15.

The festival is scheduled to kick off April 22 and run through April 28.

Press Release from Nine Pillars:

Charlottesville's weeklong festival celebrating hip-hop culture has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their third annual program. Their campaign, with a $4,000 target, can be found at This year the organizers envision a bigger, better festival with a focus on expanding their reach outside the local region.

From April 22nd through 28th, 2019, the third annual Nine Pillars Hiphop Cultural Fest will take place in Charlottesville, VA. The festival will revive its signature events from past years, including the Freshman Class high school hip-hop music showcase, a special edition of the Rugged Arts Hiphop Showcase, and the culminating community block party featuring performers, dancers, DJs, live graffiti painting, food trucks and more. Nine Pillars will also continue their collaboration with hiphop professor A.D. Carson and the UVa libraries to create an archive of Charlottesville hiphop history.

Additionally, the festival has added some higher-profile performers to its block party, including North Carolina’s Cesar Comanche and Louisiana’s Marcel P. Black. More performers as well as a full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Funding needs include fair compensation for local and regional performers, venue rental, and supplies for the participating graffiti artists. The campaign is offering rewards ranging from recognition on promotional materials and merchandise to lifetime free event entry. The funding deadline has been set for Monday, April 15th.

The Festival is named Nine Pillars to celebrate and promote the nine pillars of hip-hop: rapping, DJing, breakdancing, graffiti art, beatboxing, street knowledge, street language, street fashion, and street entrepreneurship. Since its inception in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown from a niche movement among inner-city youth into a vibrant, multifaceted global culture. The vision of Nine Pillars is to celebrate hip-hop culture in all its forms, raise the profile of the local talent pool, and engage the community in dialogue around social issues.

The Nine Pillars Team is collaborating with non-profit Virginia Organizing, The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, WTJU 91.1 FM, and Lost Woods Printing, among others, to bring year 3 to fruition.