Wilmington, Delaware’s The Ladybug Festival, the Nation’s largest celebration of women in music, has moved online due to COVID-19 to protect the safety of the artists, vendors, attendees, and production and event staff.
Admission to the event is $20, although fans can donate more as this event is raising funds for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, and Downtown Visions.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief will be setting aside the funds it receives from this event to be made available for women in the industry.
Downtown Visions (DTV) – Downtown Visions is a private, non-profit organization that manages the Business Improvement District (below). The Main Street® program (below) not only saves historic buildings, but also focuses on small business recruitment, business marketing and promotion, all of which work towards the greater effort of creating new jobs. DTV will be disbursing funds received to the businesses in Downtown Wilmington that would have hosted artists and felt the benefit from the physical event.
Hosted by Jamila Mustafa – Jamila Mustafa is one of the most prominent voices shaping the millennial generation as an award-winning broadcast journalist, actress, and host. She has hosted a variety of shows on iHeart Radio (Fresh Pick Mondays, Live Sessions, Fan Vs. Artist Trivia), ESPN (EBC At Rucker Park), BET Networks (Sound Bite, Pull Up, BET BREAKS, The Break Down, Inside The Lyric, Set Trippin) and MTV Network’s legendary TRL. Currently, you can catch Jamila hosting MTV’s Fresh Out Live and Fresh Out Playlist airing on the network. Mustafa has been featured as a Forbes “Mastermind”, celebrated by former Vice President Joe Biden, awarded four City Council resolutions and named one of the Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40 by the United Nations. The former Miss Delaware State University and current international HBCU advocate founded HBCU 2 Hollywood in 2017, a University/College speaking tour that highlights the importance of education, health, and purpose. In 2020, Mustafa made history as Bennett College’s youngest commencement speaker. Her captivating voice, powerful stage presence, and ability to relate to a universal audience is what makes Jamila unforgettable!
Keri Hilson, Larkin Poe, Vanessa Carlton, KT Tunstall, Mary Lambert, Kechi Okwuchi (America’s Got Talent), Evie Clair (America’s Got Talent), Morgan James, Taimane, Lauren Ruth Ward, Asia Sparks, Kalie Shorr, Singing OUT ft. Crys Matthews and Heather Mae, LUANNA, Alicia Goku, Victoria Theodore, The Accidentals, Carsie Blanton, Gina Chavez, Nicole Zell, Eljuri, Lauren Jenkins, Willow Hill, Jessica Latshaw, Victoria Watts, SIRSY, Shannon Arianna, Alisabeth Von Presley, Nya-Jolie, June Divided, Soraia, Joy Ike, Jenny Leigh, Angela Sheik, Akilah Divine, Aubrey Haddard, Hoochi Coochi, Zookie Baby, LULLANAS, Tara Hendricks, Taylor Kelly, Toiné, FRUUT, Maya Belardo, The Upstarters, Lauren Kuhne, Alyssa Garcia, Lefty the Greatest, Eleanor Two
The Ladybug Festival was founded in 2012 and is produced by Gable Music Ventures working with Jet Phynx Films to move online.
Sponsored by Chase, ShopRite’s of Delaware, WJBR, Greater Wilmington Visitors Bureau, Wilmington Office of Economic Development, IN Wilmington, WhyFly, Wilmington Alliance, and Lyons Insurance
Supported by Girls Behind the Rock Show, Guitar Girl Magazine, Interiorstate, and Soundgirls.