The money raised goes toward supporting youth, equity and access to the arts.

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The musical power of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ciara and Seattle Symphony, along with the hosting of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, came together for a benefit concert at Benaroya Hall Thursday that raised nearly $1.4 million for youth access to the arts.

The money raised will support initiatives and programs of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Equity Fund, Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Why Not You Foundation and Seattle Symphony, according to a symphony news release.

In addition to the marquee names, who performed individually and collaboratively, there were performances from young people. Those performers included third- through fifth-graders from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School who’ve participated in Seattle Symphony’s Link Up program; Glasshouse, aspiring teen hip-hop artists from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Residency, which works to strengthen young people’s songwriting, performance and production skills; and students from Garfield High School Orchestra.

The concert, first announced in February, grew out of conversations between the artists and organizations about how to come up with creative ways to engage the community in supporting efforts focused on youth, equity and arts access, according to the news release.

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