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House Votes on IRA Rollover this Week: Contact Congress Today!

July 15, 2014

This week presents a rare opportunity for a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on an issue of great importance to communities served by orchestras. On Thursday, your member of Congress will vote on H.R. 4719, a set of five charitable giving provisions, which includes reinstating and making permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover.

The IRA Charitable Rollover has generated new and increased contributions to support the work that orchestras and other nonprofit organizations carry out in communities every day. The provision expired at the end of 2013, and permits donors age 70 and older to make tax-free charitable gifts directly from their IRAs, up to an annual ceiling of $100,000.

Join the broader nonprofit community in telling Congress to vote in support of reinstating this important giving incentive. Use the Leagues advocacy campaign link below to explain how private donations support the employment opportunities, inspiring concerts, educational programs, and artistic innovation that orchestras provide in communities across the country.

Write to Your Representative Today Urging Support for the IRA Charitable Rollover!

New Action on Ivory in Instruments

July 1, 2014

New Action on Ivory in Instruments

A great many existing musical instruments that contain small amounts of endangered species material - while legally manufactured and purchased - are now subject to new requirements for international travel, and may be impacted by upcoming proposals to curtail their future sale and re-sale. As the Obama Administration considers next steps in regulating African elephant ivory and other protected species material, the League is providing resources to help musicians and orchestras understand the new travel requirements, and is in ongoing policy conversations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Congress to seek policy solutions that address wildlife conservation goals while also protecting musical activity.

Use our very latest Tips for International Travel with Instruments, including a link to the new U.S.-issued musical instrument “passport” application.

View the League’s June 9 Comments to the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.

Prepare for important opportunities to speak up. The next wave of policies will be developed through the regulatory process. Federal rule-makers will invite public comments on drafts of new policies later this summer, and we will let you know as soon as the comment period is opened.

The League’s work on this very important topic is carried out in close partnership with other national arts organizations, including the American Federation of Musicians, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, The Recording Academy, Chamber Music America, the American Federation of Violin and Bow makers, the National Association of Music Merchants, and the Performing Arts Alliance.

IRA Rollover Up for Reinstatement

As early as next week, the House may consider permanent reinstatement of the IRA Charitable Rollover and other important charitable giving incentives. The League has joined Independent Sector and hundreds of other organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, urging lawmakers to vote for permanent reinstatement of these key provisions that spur donors to give more. The IRA Charitable Rollover, which expired at the end of 2013, permits donors age 70 ½ and older to make tax-free charitable gifts directly from their IRAs, up to an annual ceiling of $100,000. Under this provision, donors have given new and increased contributions to support the work of orchestras and other nonprofit organizations.

Find further background on the IRA Charitable Rollover provision in the League’s online campaign materials.

Jane Chu is New Chairman; Grant Deadline Quickly Approaching

Dr. Jane Chu was confirmed by the Senate last month as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She served since 2006 as President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts—the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Dr. Chu made her first public appearance as NEA Chairman at the June 27th convening of the National Council on the Arts in Washington, D.C., and describes in an NEA podcast how the study of music, visual art, philanthropy, and business strategy has shaped her approach to her new role.

Grants awarded to orchestras by the NEA provide critical funding for programs that increase public access to music in communities nationwide, preserve great classical works, support arts education for children and adults, and nurture the creative endeavors of contemporary classical musicians, composers, and conductors. Orchestras interested in applying for the 2nd round of Art Works grant funding should take note of the earlier deadline this year of July 24, 2014. Grant tips for your application are available on the League’s website.

 

IRA Rollover Up for Reinstatement

July 1, 2014

As early as next week, the House may consider permanent reinstatement of the IRA Charitable Rollover and other important charitable giving incentives. The League has joined Independent Sector and hundreds of other organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, urging lawmakers to vote for permanent reinstatement of these key provisions that spur donors to give more. The IRA Charitable Rollover, which expired at the end of 2013, permits donors age 70 ½ and older to make tax-free charitable gifts directly from their IRAs, up to an annual ceiling of $100,000. Under this provision, donors have given new and increased contributions to support the work of orchestras and other nonprofit organizations.

Find further background on the IRA Charitable Rollover provision in the League’s online campaign materials.

Dr. Jane Chu Confirmed as NEA Chair

June 12, 2014

Jane Chu was confirmed by the Senate today as the next Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Since 2006, she served as President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. She comes with widely regarded knowledge and experience in community engagement and revitalization through the arts, as well as a strong understanding of the unique strengths and challenges of the nonprofit performing arts industry. 

Grants awarded to orchestras by the NEA provide critical funding for programs that increase public access to music in communities nationwide, preserve great classical works, support arts education for children and adults, and nurture the creative endeavors of contemporary classical musicians, composers, and conductors. NEA funding both directly supports local projects and also spurs critical giving from other sources like private foundations, corporations, and individual contributors. Last month, the Performing Arts Alliance, of which the League is a founding member, sent a letter  to Senate committee chair Sen. Harkin and ranking member Sen. Alexander to urge rapid floor consideration of Dr. Chu’s nomination. In addition, the League continues to advocate for increased funding for the NEA, submitting written testimony each year and regularly informing orchestras about grant opportunities and updates to guidelines. The nomination now awaits the President’s signature. Congratulations to Dr. Chu and the NEA!

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FY14 Art Works (Part 2)

Grants to Orchestras

Announced April 16, 2014

Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval. Except those noted otherwise, all grants are awarded in the Music discipline.

 

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, $10,000

To support the Chamber Ensemble Program. The project will comprise a residency with the Ensemble da Camera of Washington, which will lead coaching sessions, conduct free public master classes, and present concerts. Chamber ensembles will be formed with students from the philharmonic's most advanced youth orchestras. These student ensembles will receive ongoing coaching, master class critiques, and will perform with the musicians of Ensemble da Camera.

 

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support Young People's Concerts. In an effort to inspire participation in school instrumental music programs, concerts will take place for students. Teacher workshops will be offered and cross-curriculum study materials will be produced in preparation for the concerts.

 

Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, $25,000

To support a local festival and national tour of Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610." Activities will include subscription concerts in the Cleveland/Akron area, lectures by an internationally respected scholar, a mini festival of contextual events in Cleveland titled "The Monteverdi Experience," and a national tour. Media events will include a syndicated radio broadcast on WCLV FM and an online video podcast with interviews and background on the composer and his work.

 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $100,000 (Arts Education)

To support the OrchKids program, a free choral and instrumental instruction program in Baltimore City Public Schools. Serving as a national model for El Sistema in the U.S., a movement that emphasizes social change through the arts, professional musicians provide year-round, in-school and after-school music training to at-risk students in East and West Baltimore. Program components include a Bucket Band, choir classes, wind and chamber instrumental ensembles, and tutoring.

 

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, $12,500

To support the Music in the Schools initiative. Plans include classroom visits by musicians, curriculum guides for teachers, school concerts with students rehearsing and performing side-by-side with orchestra musicians, and Family Concerts.

 

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, $10,000

To support a celebration of the African American Spiritual. In partnership with the New England Spiritual Ensemble, a new work will be commissioned by composer Trevor Weston which will employ African- American spirituals and narrated poetry. The work will serve as a platform for workshops and educational performances in summer camps and community centers throughout the city. Weston will compose two versions of his new work: a full version to be performed at the Hatch Memorial Shell on Boston's Esplanade and a chamber version for use in educational performances.

 

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, $20,000

To support recordings and post-production costs for CDs of orchestral works by American composers. The world premiere recordings of orchestral works by composers such as Chen Yi, Ross Lee Finney, and David Sanford will be released on separate discs. The recording will be released on the orchestra's BMOP/sound record label, distributed internationally by the orchestra and Albany Records, and available for purchase on www.bmop.org.

 

Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, $10,000

To support the North Limestone MusicWorks program. Plans include an El Sistema-inspired intensive training program which will be free for all participants. Students from a Title I school located in Lexington's North Limestone neighborhood will take part in the program. Rehearsals, usually in orchestral groups, will take place each school day. Frequent public performances will take place in the immediate area surrounding the program to help build a sense of community.

 

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, $10,000

To support the Music that Matters initiative by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In partnership with Melmark, a community agency that provides support for adults and children with developmental disabilities, the initiative will feature programs for Melmark residents and activities will include open rehearsals at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, chamber ensemble performances, and concerts by the orchestra and Melmark's resident handbell choir, the Joybells which will feature a recently commissioned work by Music Director Dirk Brosse.

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $60,000 (Media Arts)

To support the creation of the "CSO (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) Media Portal," an Internet site through which audiences can listen to concerts, podcasts, commentary, and radio broadcasts. Specific content will include live streaming of concerts; "Beyond the Score," (an educational program with the intent of demystifying classical music) and digital and traditional CD releases. Once completed, content will be available on the website, through social media and mobile applications, and streaming devices such as Roku and Apple TV.

 

Colorado Music Festival & Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, $10,000

To support the Mash-up Audience Development Initiative. Launched in 2013, the series of concerts during the summer festival will bring together standard orchestral works with non-traditional musical programming. Plans for the coming season will include a mash-up of music of Coldplay with Beethoven's "Third Symphony." Other tentative plans are a pairing of Dvorak with Led Zeppelin.

 

Colorado Symphony, $15,000

To support outreach concerts and educational activities. Chamber performances with related educational programs will occur in Salida, Colorado, 140 miles southwest of Denver. In addition to the public performances, open rehearsals, and interactive ensemble programs in elementary, middle, and high schools also will take place.

 

Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, $10,000        

To support The Orchestra Up Close, an education project. Plans include multiple visits throughout the school year by small ensembles in public schools, instrument petting zoos, and a culminating summer camp where students will make their own instruments to perform side-by-side with professional musicians.

 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $25,000

To support outreach concerts with related educational activities. Plans include concerts, master classes, side-by-side performances, and open rehearsals in communities surrounding Dallas. Repertoire to be performed will include traditional classical works or light classics.

 

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, $10,000 (Arts Education)

To support Q the Music, a daily, tuition-free, after-school orchestra program that supports the musical, academic, and social growth of students in Dayton, Ohio. Economically disadvantaged elementary students will receive instrumental music instruction by professional Dayton Philharmonic musicians, as well as tutoring provided by the staff of East End Community Center. Learning objectives include instrument playing technique, ensemble skills, theory and musicianship. Students are expected to embrace the core values of the program: Excellence, Dedication, Responsibility, Teamwork, and Integrity.

 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $50,000 (Media Arts) 

To support the Tchaikovsky Festival components on DSO's "Live From Orchestra Hall" webcast series. In addition to concerts, the webcasts will include features on Tchaikovsky's life, a behind-the-scenes look at the orchestra, and real-time discussions on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, $20,000

To support a touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in rural communities in Texas such as Glen Rose, Graham, Killeen, Stephenville, and Waxahachie, all within a 150-mile radius of Fort Worth. The tour of performances of standard orchestral repertoire will be conducted by Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Resident Conductor Andres Franco, and guest conductors.

 

Grant Park Music Festival, $30,000

To support the Grant Park Music Festival. The free summer festival will take place in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and at venues throughout the city. Performances will feature the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus as well as guest artists. Educational activities will include open rehearsals, pre-concert lectures, mentorship opportunities for pre- professional musicians, and a Young Artists Showcase by student ensembles.

 

Hartford Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support the Musicians Care Project. The focus of the project will be on promoting wellness in people of all ages whose healthcare needs prevent them from taking part in traditional music experiences. Symphony musicians will provide live and interactive music experiences to various health care and retirement facilities through the city.

 

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support Sound Discovery, a music educational program. The project involves open rehearsals, Music Discovery Performances for high school students, an instrument lending program, a library pass program offering free concert tickets for families, instrument petting zoos for third grade students, master classes for local college and high school students, and a student instrumental competition.

 

The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, $15,000 (Arts Education)

To support Musical Connections, an in-school music composition residency program. Program components will consist of classroom instruction for students in creating and notating music and professional development workshops for teaching artists and music teachers. Workshops for parents also will be included. The program also will include a celebration of students' works-in-progress performed by professional musicians for fellow students, teachers, and parents.

 

Los Angeles Philharmonic, $65,000 (Media Arts)

To support research, development, and distribution costs for the Classical Music Discovery Engine. An online tool designed to deepen appreciation for and broaden classical music audiences, the Classical Music Discovery Engine will be modeled after the preference-driven engines used for Pandora, Amazon, and Facebook. The engine will feature a component that will recommend classical music to patrons visiting the site based on a questionnaire that will ask about their musical tastes. Once it has been developed and tested, the Classic Music Discovery Engine will be branded and made available to other orchestras, music educators, and cultural institutions.

 

Madison Symphony Orchestra, $15,000

To support HeartStrings, a community outreach project featuring the orchestra's Rhapsodie String Quartet. The quartet, with training and participation of certified therapists, will offer as many as 90 residency programs and perform interactive recitals for underserved and special-needs communities. Each session will reach as many as 25 participants for a total of more than 3,000 children and adults with special needs.

 

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support a string training and orchestral program for underserved youth. Initiated in 2003, the Progressions program provides free music education, private lessons, and performance opportunities for the economically-challenged and underserved children who live in or attend school in the City of Milwaukee. The project will expand the program to include jazz improvisation and a three-day intensive summer music camp. One of the program's primary goals is acceptance into the audition-based ensembles of the orchestra as students graduate from the program.

 

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, $10,000

To support free community concerts. The orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Jere Lantz, will perform each week during July for older adults and their families at the Historic Nicollet Island Pavilion near St. Anthony Falls. In addition, neighborhood concerts will be presented at Elliot Park in Minneapolis and Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt in St. Paul.

 

Minnesota Orchestra, $40,000

To support a community engagement project in Bemidji, Minnesota. Titled "Common Chords Bemidji," the initiative is a partnership with the community of Bemidji, located more than 200 miles north of Minneapolis. Through a week-long residency, the orchestra will offer free performances and engagement activities, including outreach performances by the orchestra's chamber music ensembles, a late night jazz "jam" with the orchestra and local musicians at a local pub, and educational workshops and orchestral concerts at Bemidji High School and Sanford Center.

 

Music Forward (aka The Knights), $35,000

To support the East Coast premiere performance of "The Classical Style," a semi-staged comic opera by composer Steven Stucky and librettist Jeremy Denk, by The Knights in New York. The 35-member chamber orchestra will collaborate with five vocalists and two actors playing multiple roles. The chamber opera, which was co-commissioned by Cal Performances at University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Hall, and Ojai Festival, was conceived as a tribute to the late Charles Rosen's National Book Award-winning book "The Classical Style," illuminating the structure and language of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

 

Nashville Symphony, $20,000   

To support a performance and recording project featuring the works of American composer Richard Danielpour. The orchestra and the guest artist, baritone Thomas Hampson, under the direction of Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, will record live performances of the composer's "Songs of Solitude" and "Walt Whitman Songs" in Schermerhorn Symphony Center's Laura Turner Concert Hall. The recording will be produced, released, and distributed internationally by the Naxos label.

 

New Haven Symphony Orchestra, $25,000   

To support the Christopher Brubeck educational residency. Within the framework of the Orchestral Jazz Initiative, the multi-instrumentalist, band leader, and composer will conduct monthly residency visits and community concerts at the James Hillhouse and Cooperative Arts and Humanities public high schools. Brubeck also will lead 12 Young People's Concerts, (including the premiere of a new work) and be featured in two NHSO Classics Series performances. Additionally, he will participate in the Young Composer project, conduct professional development sessions for NHSO musicians and teachers, and engage in various community engagement activities.

 

New York Philharmonic, $100,000 (Arts Education)

To support the New York Philharmonic's School Partnership Program, a standards-based music education program in New York City public schools. The program will engage elementary students at the partner schools through year-long, in-school residencies. Students also will get the chance to attend New York Philharmonic concerts in Avery Fisher Hall and in-school chamber music concerts. The program also will offer a variety of opportunities for student performance and composition as well as extensive professional development and resource materials for teachers and administrators.

 

New York Philharmonic, $60,000 (Media Arts)

To support the production of "The New York Philharmonic This Week" radio broadcast. Hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, the 92nd season of the New York Philharmonic weekly broadcasts will continue to feature performances, behind-the-scenes segments, and interviews with Maestro Gilbert, guest soloists and conductors, and Philharmonic musicians, and others that give the listening audience background and context to the musical program. Previous broadcasts have included the work of Mahler, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Bartok and Ellington. Guest artists have included Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Debora Voight. "The New York Philharmonic This Week" will be syndicated to more than 300 outlets nationally and 122 outlets internationally by the WFMT Radio Network.

 

North Carolina Symphony, $10,000

To support a collaborative community engagement project titled NC Symphony Collaboration: Classical Meets NC Roots Music with Brittelle and Megafaun. Composer William Brittelle, a North Carolina native based in Brooklyn, will collaborate with Megafaun, the three-member American psychedelic folk band based in Durham, in a commissioning, performance, and recording project. In addition, filmmaker Stephen Taylor of American Beat Films will produce a documentary film about the creative process of bringing the commission and its performances to life.

 

Omaha Symphony, $15,000

To support an educational outreach program throughout the Omaha community. Titled Omaha Symphony Community Collaborations, the project will be composed of numerous educational activities and events through partnerships with the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM), Omaha Public Schools and Salvation Army Kroc Center. The orchestra will be a key partner in the conservatory's OCM Violin Sprouts for preschool children and will work closely with instructors and musicians involved in free orchestral concerts at the Kroc Center and Omaha Public Schools.

 

Orchestra 2001, $10,000

To support a performance touring project. The orchestra will perform a program titled America's Folk Music Transformed: George Crumb's "American Songbook: Voices from the Heartland" in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah. The concerts will feature soprano Ann Crumb (the composer's daughter) and baritone Patrick Mason. The project will reach out to traditional and non- traditional audiences, including factory workers, Native American schoolchildren, and rural community centers.

 

Orchestra of St. Luke's, $15,000           

To support Orchestra of St. Luke's OSL Subway Series of free chamber music concerts. The orchestra will present ensembles of its musicians in hour-long performances throughout the city, featuring repertoire of traditional and contemporary music by composers from the Renaissance period to living composers.

 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, $40,000            

To support a performance touring project. The chamber orchestra will be joined by guest artists including pianist Jonathan Biss, violinists Jennifer Koh and Augustin Dumay, as well as composer/pianist Fazil Say. Orchestra musicians will conduct in-school classroom visits with partner public schools throughout the year.

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra, $60,000

To support Free Neighborhood Concerts. The orchestra will perform free concerts and conduct ancillary activities in several Philadelphia locations, including the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing, reaching underserved audiences. Programming will be conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru.

 

Philharmonic Society of Orange County, $15,000

To support the Discovery Series, artist residencies by guest artists and emerging musicians. The residencies will feature emerging solo artists such as pianist Helene Grimaud, violinist Ray Chen, and ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Activities will include master classes, workshops, clinics, classroom visits, and performances in diverse venues.

 

Richmond Symphony, $10,000 

To support a statewide touring and outreach project. Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Steven Smith, the orchestra will perform orchestral and chamber concerts throughout the state. Venues will range from school auditoriums and classrooms to university concert halls.

 

San Bernardino Symphony, $10,000   

To support a concert of orchestrated traditional Latin American music. The Mosaico Music Festival programming will be selected by Music Director and Conductor Frank Fetta and the concert will be conducted by guest artist Mateo Oliva. Among the works to be performed at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in downtown San Bernardino will be Oliva's "Mosaico Nacional" and his arrangement of Augustin Lara's "Suite de Lara."

 

San Diego Youth Symphony, $30,000 (Arts Education)

To support the Community Opus Project, in-school and after-school music education for students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Students in the district will receive free instrumental music instruction through after-school ensembles, a youth orchestra, and in-school music lessons. Recently, the school district leaders committed to reinstate music instruction in the school-day curriculum for all of their forty-four school sites over the next ten years. School district leaders are engaging the expertise of the staff in the Community Opus Project to help build a districtwide music plan.

 

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, $10,000

To support an educational community engagement project. Very First Concerts will be presented for toddlers and very young audiences and their families. Family Concerts will include the Side-by-Side program, in which young pre-professional musicians participate in master classes and perform with the orchestra musicians in concert.

 

San Francisco Symphony, $60,000 (Media Arts)      

To support the production and distribution of "Keeping Score 2," two series of online video programs featuring the presentation of orchestral work and a series devoted to experimental musical events. Missa Solemnis 360 will be centered on the symphony's spring 2015 performances of this Beethoven work featuring the full orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and soloists. "Music on the Edge" will be based on an experimental concert series that incorporates social and interactive elements into the concert experience. Once completed, the series will be on the symphony's website and on You Tube.

 

Santa Cecilia Orchestra, $15,000

To support Discovering Music, an educational and performance outreach project. Directed by Artistic Director Sonia Marie De Leon, the project will involve orchestral performances and educational programs at venues ranging from elementary schools to community centers. Discovering Music will introduce children to classical music through concerts and string instruction. The neighborhood concerts will enable families to join their children in a shared musical experience. Founded in 1993, the organization brings orchestral music to new audiences in inner-city, underserved communities in Los Angeles.

 

Sarasota Orchestra, $10,000      

To support the Sarasota Music Festival. The residential training festival for college-aged music students will be presented by the Sarasota Orchestra. Plans for the festival include individual and ensemble training and coaching and mentoring from a faculty of more than 40 instructors, scholars, and musicians. Performance opportunities also will be provided.

 

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, $10,000 (Arts Education)

To support SYSO in the Schools, providing instrumental music instruction to elementary and middle school students in Seattle area schools, as well as mentoring services for middle and high school band and orchestra directors. Through the Endangered Instrument Program, students will participate in individual and small group lessons on instruments such as oboe, bassoon, viola, double bass, and French horn. Through the Southwest String Project, low-income students will receive free instrumental music coaching. Seattle-area school music directors will receive professional development from SYSO coaches through the Secondary Mentoring Orchestra Program.

 

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, $12,500           

To support the Lakota Music Project. The orchestra will perform with guest artist Creekside Singers, a Lakota drumming group. An initiative developed between 2005-08 through collaboration between the orchestra and the United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota to build bridges between Native Americans and non-Native Americans, the project will feature performances of a new work by Native American composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate. Other project activities include chamber music concerts in schools, retirement communities, and community centers. The project also will comprise residencies in three South Dakota communities and a concert at Crazy Horse Memorial.

 

Vermont Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support a performance touring project in underserved rural communities. Titled the Made in Vermont Music Festival Tour, the 20th anniversary project will present orchestral programs and educational outreach activities and will include the commissioning and premiere performances of a new work by native Vermont composer Beth Wiemann. The composer, conductor, and orchestra musicians will engage high school and college students and members of each community in outreach activities such as the Green Room Program, workshops, and public lectures.

 

Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $12,500           

To support the Harmony Project, a community partnership project with churches and historically Black colleges in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Under the direction of Music Director JoAnn Falletta and Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous, activities will include ensemble and full orchestra performances, workshops, and educational programs in the region. Through collaborations with city councils, churches, and educational institutions in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth, as well as the additional cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Windsor, the orchestra musicians will perform in churches accompanied by community choirs, visit child development centers and youth ministries, as well as present educational performances and an introduction to the instrument families of the orchestra.

 

Virtuosi of Houston, $10,000

To support chamber music concerts performed by emerging artists. Founding Directors Franz Anton Krager and Andrzej Grabiec will provide coaching, conducting, and artistic direction for emerging musicians who will be selected through an audition process. In an effort to attract new audiences, open rehearsals will be held in Houston's downtown Memorial City Mall. Concerts will be held in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston and community venues.

 

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $20,000

To support a statewide outreach tour to underserved rural communities. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Grant Cooper, the orchestra will introduce orchestral music to new audiences throughout West Virginia. The Montclaire String Quartet (the orchestra's resident ensemble) will perform chamber music concerts and present educational programming in schools across the state. Expanded activities will include master classes led by guest artists and orchestra musicians for participants of all ages at tour venues.

 

 

RELATED ART WORKS, PART TWO GRANTS

Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, $10,000

To support the Kanbar Music Series. Indoor and outdoor events will feature classical, chamber music, jazz, folk, and world music performances by artists such as the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Mill Valley Philharmonic. Performers under consideration are Regina Carter, Diane Schuur, Meklit Hadero, and Peter Rowan.

 

Center for Arts Education, $20,000 (Arts Education)

To support elementary and middle school arts classes and residencies in dance, music, theater, visual arts, and media and professional development for school leaders, classroom teachers, and teaching artists. Skill‐based arts residencies will include arts integrated units of study and professional performances by artists or cultural groups. Professional development will provide teaching artists and classroom teachers experiences in collaborating on lesson planning, art making, integrating arts into math and literacy curriculum, and trips to partner sites including the Metropolitan Museum, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and New York Historical Society.

 

Chicago Classical Recording Foundation, $15,000

To support a recording of orchestral works by composer Stacy Garrop on Cedille Records. Performed by the Chicago College of the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Alondra de la Para, the works to be recorded include "Mythology Symphony" (2007), "Shadow" (2001), and "Thunderwalker" (1999).

 

DePauw University, $10,000

To support Dvorak and America, a music festival. The festival will explore the influence of composer Antonin Dvorak on American national identity at the beginning of the 20th century. Plans include performances by the university orchestra and chorus, master classes for young singers, workshops, and residencies by music historian Joseph Horowitz and baritone Kevin Deas.

 

From the Top, $30,000

To support educational outreach activities. Selected by audition, musicians that appear on the weekly classical radio program, From the Top, will take part in Arts Leadership workshops, which help prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences and serve as positive peer role models. The musicians will perform concerts in school classrooms and community venues

 

Gannon University, $10,000

To support Deep River, a festival of the music of Harry T. Burleigh and Antonin Dvorak featuring the resident Erie Chamber Orchestra. Burleigh, an Erie resident, composer, and singer of Negro spirituals, went to New York to study music under Dvorak at the National Conservatory of Music from 1892-95. It was Burleigh's influence that led to a near quotation of the spiritual "Swing Low" in Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World." The community festival will feature concerts, a master class, and school assembly programs in collaboration with area church choirs, libraries, public schools, universities, and the Harry T. Burleigh Society.

 

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, $10,000

To support educational programs, mentoring, and career development for finalists of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Intensive educational outreach during the competition will include workshops, seminars, and interactive audience talkbacks followed by year round education programs for school students. Competition finalists will take part in various mentoring and career management activities.

 

Mainly Mozart, $12,500

To support an educational and performance outreach project for amateur adult musicians. The Mainly Mozart Engaging the Amateur Initiatives will include group "jam sessions" at various locations; a multi- day chamber music camp at San Diego State University; Living Room Concerts held in private homes; and a telecast orchestral concert during the Mainly Mozart Festival in the outdoor Balboa Park and Centro Cultural Tijuana's outdoor plaza. The project will be directed by Curator of Chamber Music for Mainly Mozart, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, and will include interactive community performances and mentoring by the Haussman Quartet and professional musicians.

 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, $20,000

To support the educational outreach project The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, an introduction to orchestral music for fourth graders. A partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra, the project is part of the districtwide Cultural Passport initiative that provides standards-based arts education activities to students from elementary school to high school.

 

Midori & Friends, $45,000 (Arts Education)

To support City Music: Music Education Enrichment, providing instrumental music programs tailored to the music programs in several New York City schools. Midori & Friends will provide instrument instruction programs led by teaching artists, concert and workshop series presented by professional performing ensembles, and school visits by performing artists or a combination of these activities.

 

Minnesota Chorale, $15,000

To support the annual BRIDGES community engagement program. Titled "YouthWorks," the project will include a year‐long choral residency and a Young Writers Institute for student musicians. The chorus will partner with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs. The project will culminate in public performances of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall and selections from Verdi's "Requiem" at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

 

Minnesota Public Radio, $20,000

To support an accessible online archive for teachers, students, and the general public. The creation of the Classical MPR Music for Learning Digital Archive will provide access to Minnesota Public Radio's extensive collection of classical music performances, interviews, videos and educational assets to teachers, students, families, music fans, and the general public.

 

Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, $12,500 (Opera)

To support performances of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Artists such as soprano Tamura Asako (Butterfly), tenor Chad Shelton (Pinkerton), baritone Timothy Mix (Sharpless), and a set by stage director John Conklin will bring the story to life. Donald Edmund Thomas will design the lighting, Steven White will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and James Harp will direct the production. Additional outreach and education activities will include the Opera Cares program, the Opera a la Carte program, and the Opera in the Curriculum program.

 

Nevada Ballet Theatre, $10,000 (Dance)

To support the presentation of George Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." The piece will take place in its original theatrical context as part of a month‐long production of Rodgers & Hart's musical comedy "On Your Toes," presented as a collaborative effort between Nevada Ballet Theatre, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

 

New York Public Radio, $60,000 (Media Arts)

To support the production of the Carnegie Hall Live radio and web broadcasts. WQXR's series of live radio broadcasts and webcasts of Carnegie Hall concerts by orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo artists are distributed through partnerships with American Public Media and National Public Radio.

 

Ojai Music Festival, $15,000

To support the Ojai Music Festival. The 68th annual music festival will be curated by pianist Jeremy Denk, who also will serve as the 2014 festival music director. The festival will feature guest artists composer Steven Stucky, conductor Robert Spano, The Knights, pianist/composer Uri Caine and the Uri Caine Trio, and violinist Stefan Jackiw. Programming will include the world premiere of "The Classical Style," a chamber opera conceived and written by Denk with music by composer Stucky, which was co- commissioned with Cal Performances at the University of California at Berkeley and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, the guest artists will perform works by Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Charles Ives, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Kurt Weill.

 

Ravinia, $15,000

To support Reach*Teach*Play. The Ravinia Festival Association will continue its partnership with the Lawndale community through community outreach and educational programs for children and adults. Reach*Teach*Play will offer free lawn passes for underserved residents from Chicago's West Side. The festival also will present One Score, One Chicago, an initiative that introduces new audiences to classical masterworks. The project also will include Family Space an area with music-related arts and crafts, as well as an instrument petting zoo and a community-based music school in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood.

 

Sarasota Ballet, $15,000 (Arts Education)

To support the creation and presentation of "The Secret Garden." Choreographed by Will Tuckett with live musical accompaniment by the Sarasota Orchestra, the work will be part of an educational outreach initiative for both the general public and school districts throughout the region. The company will work collaboratively with the various artists involved in the production as well as representatives from school districts to create an educational curriculum that will meet Common Core Standards.

 

Silk Road Project, $45,000

To support the Silk Road Project's 15th anniversary national tour under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma. Programming will feature works written for both Western and non-Western instrumentation. The ensemble will begin the tour with a performance at Lincoln Center in New York City that will include the world premiere of a new work for the ensemble with orchestra.

 

Sphinx Organization, $60,000

To support a national tour and community engagement project featuring the Sphinx Virtuosi and the Catalyst Quartet. In partnership with the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Inc., of New York, a group of approximately 25 emerging young string players, laureates, and alumni of the national Sphinx Competition (with a focus on African-American and Latino musicians) will tour and perform diverse repertoire by composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, George Walker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Gabriela Lena Frank, Felix Mendelssohn, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

 

University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, $12,000

To support the Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin in the creation of original music compositions by elementary students. The program will include teaching artist training for college music students who will work with the elementary students in creating original music compositions. A select group of Young Composers will expand their compositions into full orchestrations for symphony orchestra or wind ensemble, and the works will be performed in concert by the Stevens Point Area Senior High Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

 

Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, $20,000 (Arts Education)

To support harp instruction, music theory, and music history classes to students at Drew Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia. Students will study harp technique, music theory, and music history and will have the opportunity to perform solo, in duos and in small ensembles. The Honor Ensemble of advanced students will perform by invitation in the community. All students will have the opportunity to attend concert performances from ensembles such as the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Emory University Youth Symphony.

 

Van Cliburn Foundation, $10,000

To support a touring performance project featuring Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Winners. The pianists will perform in orchestral concerts and recitals and conduct master classes and community outreach activities in diverse venues, from small towns to major metropolitan areas. Artists from the 2013 Cliburn Competition finalists participating in the project will include Vadym Kholodenko, Sean Chen, Fei-Fei Dong, Nikita Mndoyants, and Tomoki Sakata.

 

Window to the World Communications, $20,000 (Media Arts)

To support "Relevant Tones," a weekly radio series hosted by Seth Boustead. The series features composers and performers as well as contemporary artists from across the United States. Designed for a younger audience, the show investigates the development of contemporary classical music and techniques used by present day composers.

 

Window to the World Communications, $12,500

To support Introductions, a weekly radio broadcast of performances by pre-collegiate musicians on The WFMT Radio Network. Host David Post will produce each weekly broadcast that will include conversations with featured musicians.

 

Young Musicians Foundation, $10,000 (Arts Education)

To support the Music Mentors Program, providing free instrumental and vocal music instruction to students across Los Angeles. Members of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra work side- by-side with elementary students as mentors, helping the younger students learn musicianship and performance skills. Mentors receive training in the summer and in-service training sessions throughout the year, learning to serve not only as music teachers but as stable and positive role models.

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