Every year, Billy The Artist (BTA) donates his time to paint a piano for the charity organization Sing for Hope. Last year, Sing for Hope used the piano he painted for a press conference with Jon Batiste – bandleader of ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ – playing it. The baby grand piano BTA is painting this year, is scheduled to go to Beirut, Lebanon. It will stay as a permanent piece in the lobby of a new cancer research center.
Sing for Hope
Sing for Hope transforms underserved communities by mobilizing professional artists in volunteer service programs that bring the power of the arts to those who need it most. Each Sing for Hope program is defined by the volunteer service of professional artists, the needs of the community, and the belief in the transformative power of the arts. Each year, Sing for Hope pianos reaches 2,000 New York City public schools students and 2,500 hospital patients. Sing for Hope has reached over 2 million New Yorkers via Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos, an annual public art installation that places pianos on the streets of New York City for all to play and enjoy.
Billy the Artist
Billy The Artist (BTA) is an internationally renowned artist whose studio is based in the East Village of New York City. His projects and designs have been seen all over the world for such clients and global brands as Swatch, Nescafe, The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Lamborghini, Gibson Guitar, Smart Car, Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota, Mountain Dew, MTV, Puma, Microsoft, Chock Full O Nuts, Vans shoes, New Balance shoes, Cow Parade, race car driver Danica Patrick, Fashion Week Athens, Vienna, Madrid, Design Week Milan as well as his own product line with Goebel worldwide.
Mural projects include Woodstock 99, Art Basel Miami, Casa Décor Miami, Delaguarda, The Rio Casino Las Vegas, numerous buildings in New York and Switzerland and the Broadway, National, and London productions of the musical RENT. His paintings have hung at the prestigious Forbes Gallery, The Armory as well as galleries in New York, Hamburg, Tokyo, South Korea, Mexico City, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Austin, Cleveland, Carib Fine Art in Curacao, Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, Surge Art Fair Shanghai, Foxx Galerie Zurich, and The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Billy has been published in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, US Weekly, Juxtapoz, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and numerous other magazines and newspapers around the globe.
Billy The Artist has appeared on MTV, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, TLC, DISCOVERY, 60 MINUTES and other feature programs all over the world. For the world launch of Billy’s watches for Swatch, he painted a 40×30 foot mural live in front of 30,000 people while 300 foot animated projections of his work adorned the walls of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy during the Venice Biennale. BTA was also one of the first American artists to be allowed by the Chinese government to paint live on the famous Bund in Shanghai.
Philanthropic projects include work with The American Red Cross, The Fresh Air Fund, Covenant House, St. Mary’s Foundation for Children, The JCC of Manhattan, The Breathe Foundation Brazil, and various schools both in the U.S and abroad.
Billy The Artist is available for corporate and non-ticketed events.