FY11 Arts on Radio and Television


Announced May 17, 2011

Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support the BP Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series. Performances will include Berlioz's Lelio, featuring French movie star Gerard Depardieu narrating a vivid tale of horror; the world premiere of Bernard Rands' Danza Petrificada, a work inspired by the words of Mexican poet Octavio Paz; and Verdi's Otello, which will showcase the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

New York Philharmonic, $35,000
To support the production of national radio broadcasts of performances by the New York Philharmonic during its 2011-12 season. Approximately 2.5 million listeners will hear each two-hour program in the 52-week series.

San Francisco Symphony, $25,000
To support the production of a television program featuring the San Francisco Symphony with Director Michael Tilson Thomas. The two-hour special, SFS@100, will capture the San Francisco Symphony's Centennial Season Opening Gala concert that will take place September 2011.


Capital Concerts, $25,000   
To support staging and related costs for The National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth, two patriotic concerts at the United States Capitol to be broadcast nationally live on PBS in 2011. A national television audience of as many as 12 million watches these 90-minute programs each year.

From the Top, $60,000
To support the production of the public radio series From the Top. The weekly, hour-long radio program features performances by young classical musicians ages eight to 18.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, $100,000
To support the production and broadcast of the television series Live From Lincoln Center. Since 1976, Live From Lincoln Center has made accessible more than 200 live performances.

Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media, $150,000
To support the production, acquisition, and national radio broadcast of classical music programming. In 2011-12, programs such as Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and Pipedreams will reach a cumulative audience of as many as two million listeners each week.

National Public Radio, $125,000
To support a music website. The NPR Music site offers all genres of music (jazz, classical, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, rock, pop, folk, world) and provides content from NPR and 12 NPR public radio member stations, including live performances, studio sessions, first listens to new albums, interviews, reviews, and blogs.

Public Radio International, $60,000
To support the production and distribution of Studio 360. The series of weekly arts and culture radio programs designed to illuminate the role of the arts in society is a co-production of Public Radio International and WNYC-FM.

Sweet Bird Classics, $20,000
To support the production and distribution of the radio series America's Music Festivals. Hosted by conductor Marin Alsop, the 26-week series will showcase live performances from some of the most dynamic music festivals in the country.

Window to the World Communications, $40,000
To support the production and national distribution of the radio series Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. The series consists of one-hour programs aired each weekday focusing on classical music and presented in an informed, educational, and entertaining manner.