Since Malcolm McCormick’s untimely passing on Sept. 7, family and friends have shared their memories and tributes have poured in from his fellow musicians, commemorating the young rapper’s kindness and generosity, especially toward up-and-coming artists.
On Oct. 31, many of those same artists will be teaming up with the McCormick family and The Pittsburgh Foundation to present a benefit concert to honor McCormick’s legacy. Dozens of artists, including Chance the Rapper, SZA and Action Bronson will gather at the historic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a night of music and fundraising for The Mac Miller Circles Fund.
The fund, which was announced this week along with the concert, will be managed by The Pittsburgh Foundation and the McCormick family, and will be dedicated to providing “programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building,” the announcement said.
“He was one of the most generous people on the planet,” McCormick’s close friend Dylan Reynolds told us shortly after McCormick’s passing. “He would invite the whole neighborhood to Frick Park Market to order sandwiches, hot fries and slushees, and tell us to just put it on the McCormick tab.” Children may find it easy to be generous when their parents are paying for something, Reynolds said, “but that mentality continued into his adulthood. He always made sure his friends and family were covered.”
The goal of this new fund is to keep that kindness and generosity going.
“Malcolm had a passion and commitment, not only to the arts, but to creating, deepening and protecting the idea and practice of community,” said the McCormick family in a statement. “The Mac Miller Circles Fund will continue his vision of giving access and opportunities to kids to explore the arts and to have a positive impact on communities across the country. He cared very much about working to make the world a kinder place and we will continue to do just that.”
In a press release announcing the fund, Pittsburgh Foundation CEO Maxwell King said, “Mac Miller was among the brightest young talents to emerge from our city. His vitality and creativity live on through this fund at the Foundation. We plan to work closely with his family to support programs that help young people find their voice and their truth through the arts.”