The masses of Philadelphians who make up the foot traffic in Center City probably notice the bronze plaques at the southwest corner of Broad and Walnut that make up the “Walk of Fame.” However, they might not know enough about the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA).

The PMA aims to preserve the legacy of the city of Philadelphia as one of the most historically significant hubs for music in the United States.

The Rock & Roll, Blues, Classical, Jazz, and Pop genres all have deep roots in the City of Brotherly Love that deserve recognition and honor.

According to their official website, the PMA was established in 1986 by “music executives and concerned citizens” who recognized the extent of the need for cultural preservation and the place of music in society.

“It’s made us who we are. It sets the tone for where we’re headed.”

They established the Music Education Fund in 2017 as an initiative to achieve one of their key objectives, protecting the access that local students have to music education. The funds provide financial support to local students, educators, musicians, city agencies, and other cultural institutions.

Philadelphia Music Alliance: Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame along the Avenue of the Arts extends along Broad St. between Walnut and Spruce. It honors Philadelphia area musicians and music professionals who have made a significant contribution to the world of music.

John DeBella of 102.9 MGK will become part of the first induction class since the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday, April 20 at their annual gala.  

Past inductions include timeless legends like Joan Jett (1996), Daryl Hall and John Oates (1993), Todd Rundgren (1989), and Jim Croce (1988).

The 2023 inductions will also include Leslie Odom Jr., Governor Ed Rendell, the Bacon Brothers (Michael and Kevin), the Tymes, Patty Jackson, and James DePriest. Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell also received a special award as “The Sound of Philadelphia.”

Pierre Robert of 93.3 WMMR got the honor in 2019.

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