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Concert for Love & Acceptance

GLAAD is excited to announce we are accepting applications for the Rising Stars Grants at the 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance!

Apply to become a GLAAD Rising Stars Grant recipient!


The grant, named after trailblazer and out country music star, Ty Herndon, is offered to support young people for their commitment to enhancing LGBTQ inclusion and representation in music. The recipient of the Ty Herndon Rising Stars Grant will receive $2,500 to further fund their work and initiatives and will be honored at the Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Hotel and travel accommodations included.

Application deadline: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 by midnight PST.
All applicants are notified of status: Friday, May 24th, 2019 via email.
To apply for a Rising Stars Grantcomplete the online application form located on, and submit a short video essay.


If you are not eligible to apply, make sure you forward this email to a passionate young musician in your life!

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.