Hadi Eldebek on Why Must Artists Be Poor? and Grantpa

The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture — so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities — so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.

Why you should listen

After completing his undergraduate studies in math and chemistry, Hadi Eldebek enrolled in a master’s program in industrial engineering before he decided to focus on music, culture, and entrepreneurship. His choice was encountered by doubts about how he was going to make it as an artist.

When Eldebek was awarded a music grant in 2015, he started to explore how to make funding opportunities more accessible to artists around the world, sparking grantPA — a platform that connects artists and organizations to funding and professional development opportunities.

Eldebek’s collaborations with pioneers in the world of arts, culture and education, including Yo-Yo Ma’s SilkRoad Ensemble, Disney World Imagineering and Harvard Graduate School of Education have equipped him with a valuable mindset and powerful insights that led him into the creation of numerous projects. He often tours as a musician and a panelist. He was recently a TED Resident, where he co-developed grantPA and Circle World Arts with his brother, Mohamad Eldebek, into ideas worth spreading.




Follow Hadi on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HadiEldebekOfficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hadieldebek/

App Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantpaofficial

App Site: http://www.grantpa.com/

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