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It’s hard to imagine a Philly music scene without Rich Wexler’senthusiastic advocacy, but after 10 years, the founder of Sherman Artsis stepping aside. The occasion will be marked, appropriately, with ashow featuring artists on Wexler’s latest downloadable compilation,“All Creatures.”<p />

It’s hard to imagine a Philly music scene without Rich Wexler’s enthusiastic advocacy, but after 10 years, the founder of Sherman Arts is stepping aside. The occasion will be marked, appropriately, with a show featuring artists on Wexler’s latest downloadable compilation, “All Creatures.”

Wexler founded Sherman Arts in 1999, inspired by the sudden death of a friend whose career as an artist and dancer left her without health insurance. “It hit me that the choice to do your own thing and pursue music or art as a career usually means you sacrifice something, and her sacrifice just seemed to be too much,” Wexler says. “So I felt like if there was a community of artists and musicians in place, it might help prevent that from happening again.”

Leaving to pursue a master’s at Drexel, Wexler will hand the reins to singer-songwriter Emily Bate.

“It won’t end,” he says. “It’ll just morph into something else.”