The Creative Coalition to Bring Entertainment Industry Leaders to Presidential Nominating Conventions in Denver and Minneapolis

Teams with Target to host performances by some of the biggest names in music

WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2008) – The Creative Coalition announced today that it will host a series of events at both Presidential Nominating Conventions, including exclusive performances by some of the biggest headlining artists in music. Scheduled for the third night of each Convention, the benefit performances, presented by Target, promise to be the most sought after gala events of either week.

The Creative Coalition continues its tradition of supporting the election process by recognizing the hard work and dedication of both parties and will bring a delegation of entertainment industry leaders to both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention.

The Creative Coalition delegations – led by Co-Chairs Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Tom Fontanaand Sue Kramer – will include Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Dana Delany, Barry Levinson, Matthew Modine, Alan Cumming, Cheryl Hines, Rachael Leigh Cook and Wendie Malick.

In addition to hosting the Wednesday night benefit gala at each convention, The Creative Coalition will host a series of special events and programs during each Convention week, as well as issue-oriented luncheons, receptions and dinners.

“We are pleased to continue The Creative Coalition’s tradition of bringing the spotlight of the entertainment industry to shine on issues that are at the forefront of the national agenda. Our organization is dedicated to being the entertainment community’s leading nonpartisan public advocacy group,” said Robin Bronk, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition.

Additionally, Nate Garvis, Target Vice President of Government Affairs, remarked, “Target is proud to support The Creative Coalition gala events at both conventions.  As a nonpartisan, nonprofit agency supporting arts and education, the Coalition’s goals align with many of Target’s efforts to strengthen communities.”

For more information, please visit The Creative Coalition’s Web site at www.thecreativecoalition.orgor call (212) 512-5876.

The Democratic National Convention is in Denver, CO, from Aug. 25 – 28. The Republican National Convention is in Minneapolis, MN, from Sept. 1 – 4.

The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates. Proceeds from the Wednesday night benefit galas will support The Creative Coalition and its educational and advocacy activities.

About The Creative Coalition (
The Creative Coalition is the premiere 501c(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

About Target (
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,613 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

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Martin Matishak