Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Luxury & Lifestyle Collection, has formed a new partnership with civil rights and urban advocacy organization, National Urban League. In a long-term commitment to support the mission of the National Urban League, Kimpton added a give-back rate code at all of its 75+ properties worldwide and launched a career mentorship program with its hospitality executives to advise and develop individuals in the organization’s Young Professionals Program. This commitment builds upon IHG’s support of the National Urban League Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program.
To kick things off and celebrate the partnership, Kimpton’s Off the Record music event series will make its return, beginning on Aug. 25, and include four concerts throughout the year in San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas and Grand Cayman. As part of Kimpton’s ongoing Stay Human ethos, Kimpton Off the Record is an immersive live concert series featuring tastemaker artists and bands created to bring people together and give back to our communities, according to the brand. All ticket sales and silent auction profits from this season of Kimpton Off the Record will directly benefit National Urban League, which works to provide economic empowerment and educational opportunities for the underserved in America.
“At Kimpton, we believe in the power of music to bring people together to experience human connection,” said Kathleen Reidenbach, chief commercial officer, Kimpton. “By using this year’s Kimpton Off the Record series to benefit our new partners at National Urban League, and booking up-and-coming Black artists, we will be able to highlight four unique voices and shed a light on the influence and contribution of Black artists on American music.”
In addition to the proceeds from this year’s Off the Record, Kimpton launched a new rate code, available at all of its 75+ properties worldwide, that offers guests 15% off their stay and includes a $5 donation to the National Urban League. Additionally, in partnership with the National Urban League’s Young Professionals Program, Kimpton will launch a career mentorship program to nurture and develop future leaders. The brand will provide exposure to hotel and restaurant management, business acumen and connections to its senior leaders, tools and resources. These mentorship opportunities will take place in markets where both Kimpton properties and National Urban League chapters are found, such as Atlanta, DC, Miami, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
“We are thrilled to work with Kimpton to help the young individuals in our programs learn and grow in an exciting career path,” said Marc H. Morial, president/CEO, National Urban League. “This partnership is just the start of what we hope to be a long-term relationship that provides our Young Professionals with new opportunities and resources that can have a lasting impact on their lives.”
The 2022 Kimpton Off the Record concert series includes the following performances:
Aug. 25, Vincint at The Kimpton Alton Hotel (San Francisco)
Vincint is an American singer and songwriter, best known as a finalist on the first season of the singing competition “The Four.” His latest album, “There Will Be Tears,” is out now.
Sept. 29, Gallant at The Kimpton Midtown Atlanta Hotel
Gallant is a Grammy-nominated R&B/soul singer/songwriter from Columbia, MD. He has collaborated with John Legend, Dua Lipa and Andra Day.
Oct. 13, The Soul Rebels at The Kimpton Pittman Hotel (Dallas)
The Soul Rebels are an eight-piece New Orleans-based contemporary brass ensemble, incorporating elements of soul, jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop into their music.
Nov. 5, Lila Ike at The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa (Grand Cayman)
Lila Ike is a Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter. She was on BBC Radio’s Artist to Watch list in 2020.