It's no secret that Snoop Dogg has long been both a collector of digital art, and a big fan of Tezos, having publicly praised Tezos for hosting some of 'the finest new artists' in the NFT space, under his pseudonym 'Cozomo de' Medici'. Now his son, Cordell Broadus, aka 'Champ Medici', is getting in on the act, launching a new $1M 'Champ Medici Arts Fund' in partnership with the Tezos Foundation.
The first recipient of the new fund is Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a non-profit co-founded by artist Danny Simmons, music mogul Russell Simmons and musician Joseph 'Rev. Run Simmons of Run-DMC. Founded in 1995, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation works to provide support for emerging Black artists and to improve access to the arts for traditionally underrepresented communities.
The Tezos ecosystem is known for its incredible artists who are pushing the boundaries of digital art. I’m honoured that Champ Medici has selected Tezos for this initiative and will be joining this flourishing community of creative talent. It's fantastic that Rush Arts will be named as its first beneficiary. My hope is that this empowers a whole new wave of up-and-coming artists, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to start their Web3 journeys - Mason Edwards, Chief Commercial Officer of the Tezos Foundation
Like his father, Cordell Broadus is a big name in the Web3 space, and was an early champion of cryptocurrency. Describing Tezos as 'one of the world’s most advanced and artist friendly blockchains', Broadus has pledged to use the Champ Medici Arts Fund to elevate 'up and coming artists' and 'provide access to innovative forms of artistic expression especially for minority groups'.
The Champ Medici Arts Fund will start accepting applications on December 5, 2022, and will launch officially on January 2nd, 2023.