Artists For Animals

BTS Fundraiser…A Night of Music, Art & Animal Love


Fundraiser – A Night of Music, Art & Animal Love: P.A.W.S. BENEFIT DRIVE!

Richard Stockton College Art Professor Ryann Casey and Editor-in-Chief Joshua T. Cohen, have once again teamed up to host an Art and Music Show to benefit no-kill animal shelter and rescue group P.A.W.S (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society).

This Fundraiser Project has been created to fund the overhead costs for the 2 simultaneous events with any extra funds being added to our donations to P.A.W.S.!

We have set our project goal at $1200.00 to fund the two events with any extra funds being added to the donations to P.A.W.S.

The reason we have chosen to do this fundraiser is free up more funds generated from art pieces sold and admission donations of the July 10th concert so they may go directly to P.A.W.S. and Ryann have organized some exciting and unique Reward Packages for donors explained below!



Blow The Scene Presents…A Night Music, Art & Animal Love portion will take place on July 10th, 2015 at The Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA and will feature live music from touring musicians, artist displays, non-profit information and tabling, monetary and physical item donations, information booths, and much more. For more info on the concert, click HERE.


Every year in Philadelphia, more than 30,000 homeless, abandoned, and unwanted dogs and cats enter the city’s animal control shelter. Approximately four in ten of them – 12,000 pets – never make it back out alive. PAWS is committed to reducing that number, and to leading Philadelphia toward becoming a no-kill city.Support for PAWS funds lifesaving initiatives which help reduce and will ultimately eliminate the unnecessary killing of Philadelphia’s healthy and treatable pets. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.

The motivation for these events is bring together a large group of artists of different mediums from around the world, to raise awareness and benefit the efforts of P.A.W.S.. P.A.W.S. works everyday to save the lives of abandoned dogs and cats while also providing affordable spay and neuter programs for one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. While helping and raising awareness for the plight of our four-legged friends, these events also give us an opportunity to showcase dozens of talents, including established and emerging artists alike.

The Funds

The funds raised will be used to pay for the overhead associated with hosting an art show and music concert.

For the art show- funds will be allocated to pay for show posters, show invites, and shipping costs.

For the live concert event- funds will be allocated to reimburse the traveling musicians, some of which are traveling thousands of miles. Other costs include venue rental, food for performers, volunteers and organizers, promotion including show posters and flyers.

The Rewards – What You Get!

Custom Picture prints on Paper OR Metal!

Blow the Scene‘s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri, has once again offered up some incredible gifts for donators. Depending on donation level, donators will be able to choose from 1000s of photographs Dante Torrieri has taken at BTS (which can be viewed easily by visiting and have them printed on paper or his very unique and special prints on metal!


That’s right, have a picture by Dante Torrieri from Blow The Scene of your choosing- printed on metal. These amazing artist-quality prints, unlike traditional photographs, don’t bend and are extremely durable because they are printed on metal! The prints also outlast traditional photographs with print lifetime guaranteed over 100 years!

The $1000.00+ donators will not only get his or her choice of picture for the massive 18″ by 20″ metal print– but we will retire your picture! We’ll never print another like it for these motivated donors, you will have a true 1-of-a kind.

Artists rewards include custom artists July 10th concert posters.

Sit and Spin Records (located 1346 S. 9th St, Phila, PA) has donated GIFT CERTIFICATES!

Status of Projects

Joshua and Ryann have already been busy for months preparing the art show and live concert events. Over 20 artists have confirmed art submissions, many featuring dog and cat motifs, to be sold at The Pharmacy throughout the weekend of July 10th.

So far 6 bands from all over the US have been confirmed to perform at The Pharmacy on July 10, 2015 in addition to the artists and non-profit groups that will also have a presence at the event.

Final preparations include art show invitations, concert posters, online banners, sound equipment, final show organization, press releases, and volunteer organization.


Joshua met his partner for these current artists events, Richard Stockton College Art Professor Ryann Casey, while covering two previous successful benefit art shows that Casey hosted for the The World Wildlife Fund and bat populations afflicted with Whitenose-Syndrome that were featured on Those events saw scores of artists from around the world donate mixed media pieces that were auctioned off to benefit the corresponding drives.

The duo launched BLOW THE SCENE FEST 2013: A PAWS BENEFIT, that saw numerous touring talents combine with over 50 artists from around the world. The combined effort raised a large amount of donations, both monetary and psychical items for PAWS.

Having found a mutual love of the arts, animals, and taking action to benefit those in need while gathering a vast networks or artistic talents, Joshua and Ryann hope their current endeavors continue for many more art shows and concert series.


When hosting art and performance shows, one of the main challenges is always proper promotion through multiple mediums to ensure a good turnout. After promotion is organized, making sure all elements of the shows are accounted for and timely so that performers, volunteers, workers, and attendees have as an enjoyable of an experience as possible. With the purpose of these events to benefit PAWS, we have the additional challenge of keeping our overhead to an absolute minimum so we can allocate as much of the funds generated from these shows to PAWS.

Our goal is to have this fundraiser project cover our overhead expenses of these events so we can allocate ALL monies generated from these shows to PAWS.

We are confident that these shows will be a flourishing success. Joshua has extensive experience employing massive online ad campaigns through including years of experience hosting and participating in live music performances. Ryann Casey is a well-respected artist, lecturer, and Art Professor at Richard Stockton College and has experience organizing large gathering of artists for similar art shows in the past. Casey has built a reputation through her incredible mixed media art works and passion for animals that has seen two recent successful art shows benefiting World Wildlife fund and threatened bat populations in North America. Joshua’s unique role as Editor-and-Chief of gives the project access to tens of thousands weekly readers from Philadelphia and 182 countries from around the world. Joshua also has experience hosting live music events for non-profit groups. Through past experiences and support from animal lovers, artists, and linke-minded people from around the world, we are thrilled at this project’s emerging buzz as you join us for this meaningful series of events.

Please feel free to send ANY questions (donors, rewards, shows, options, shipping, anything..) to

Top graphic by Larry West

Special Thanks To:

A.C.C.T. (frontline responders in Philly)
Ryann Casey
All of Blow The Scene
Philly Urgents
Larry West
Jeffrey Daniels
Leora + Sit & Spin Records
Earsplit PR
Dante Torrieri
Anne Spina

Everyone taking part in the events!

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  • Give Any Amount Here:

  • Donate $10 or more
    Enjoy full color 11 by 17 show poster.

  • Donate $25 or more
    Enjoy full color Art print

  • Donate $35 or more
    Artist designed print from art show + Concert Poster 11″ by 17″

  • Donate $50 or more
    11″ by 17″ custom band picture of your choosing from Blow The Scene print on paper. AND Gift Certificate from Sit & Spin Records!

  • Donate $85 or more
    4″ by 6″ custom band picture of your choosing from Blow The Scene PRINTED ON METAL!!

  • Donate $225 or more
    8″ by 12″ custom band picture of your choosing from Blow The Scene PRINTED ON METAL!!

  • Donate $599 or more
    12″ x 18″ Large custom band picture of your choosing from Blow The Scene PRINTED ON METAL!!!!

  • Donate $1000 or more
    16″ by 20″ X-Large Custom Band Print of your choosing from Blow The Scene printed on metal! Plus we retire that picture forever. You will have the only print. 1 of kind. Never to be reprinted by us! + Show Poster + 2 tickets to event with VIP food pass for June 10, 2013 show.

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