American Idol winner Kris Allen will return to Conway in October to perform in a benefit concert for Blackbird Academy of Arts, Inc.

The performance will be held at at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Reynolds Performance Hall.
The $25 tickets will go on sale Oct. 1, and may be purchased through the Reynolds Box Office at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) campus.

This event will be underwritten by the Music Empowers Foundation, an organization established for the purpose of providing funds to non-profit music education programs.

Through the philanthropic efforts of Allen, a Conway native, Andy Davis from the Music Empowers Foundation became aware of Blackbird and its efforts to provide local music and arts education.
Together, Davis and Allen are hoping to bring in much-needed funds and awareness for both Blackbird and music education in general.
All proceeds from the concert will help Blackbird continue to offer arts education programming to the greater Conway area, and Davis has promised to match proceeds from this event for up to a $50,000 grant for Blackbird’s music program.

A VIP Sponsor Party will also be held at 6 p.m. at UCA’s McCastlain Hall prior to the benefit concert.
There, Allen will perform a small acoustic set and be around to mingle with party attendees.

Entrance into the pre-party event can be gained only through the purchase of a VIP Sponsor Package, available through Blackbird for $1,200, and will include 10 VIP Sponsor Party Passes, 10 Benefit Concert tickets, and the option to include a company logo on event-related materials.
Sponsor packages are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Blackbird, located in Conway, opened in the fall of 2009 with the main purpose of providing quality arts instruction to the Faulkner County area.
As a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Blackbird is working to not only provide more arts education and programming to its community, but to also do so in a way that anyone can take advantage of.

By offering reduced tuition rates, scholarships and occasional free programming, they are working to make endless opportunities available to students that were once limited.
For more information about the benefit concert, VIP Sponsor Packages, or about Blackbird Academy of Arts, please contact

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