Founder & CEO, World Cafe Live, Cofounder & Board Member, NIVA
Hal Real is the founder and president of World Cafe Live, an independent live music, restaurant, music education and community events venue located in Philadelphia, PA since 2004. In 2008, he launched LiveConnections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to music education that has reached more than 55,000 participants, mostly from Philadelphia schools. In 2020, the two organizations became one unified nonprofit under the World Cafe Live name.
Hal is a co-founder and board member of NIVA (the National Independent Venue Association) and NIVF (the National Independent Venue Foundation), serving as president of the Foundation board. He is the immediate past board chair of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, chair of People’s Light’s Honorary Board (Malvern, PA) and a board member of the Freire (Charter Schools) Foundation. Hal plays piano, loves dogs and is a graduate of Kenyon College and Temple University School of Law.
NIVA Saved the Industry. Now What?
10/14/22, 6:00 PM
When the live music and comedy venue industry was at risk of mass collapse with COVID shutdowns, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) formed and created a movement across the country to Save Our Stages. NIVA did the unimaginable -- it secured $16 billion in federal emergency relief. Get insights from NIVA co-founders and board members about what the association’s focus is for the future now that venues, promoters and festivals are back and navigating today’s challenges.
NIVA Presents Building Back Better pt. 1: Post-Crisis Venue Collaboration
10/15/21, 6:00 PM
Faced with devastating shutdowns, venues and promoters all over the US came together to form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) in March 2020. NIVA ran the massively successful "Save Our Stages" campaign, eventually securing the most extensive federal support package for the arts in history. Listen in as leaders of the movement look towards the future now that they have "saved our stages."