FY04 Challenge America Access to the Arts

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $40,000

To support ASO Around Georgia, a community partnership initiative. The tour will include performances and outreach activities as a means to cultivate meaningful partnerships with communities across the state.

Canton Symphony Orchestra, $15,000

To support the Community Heritage Celebration. A new work by composer Eric Gould, based on the history and diversity of the city's neighborhoods, will be created and presented with the involvement of school students and other community members.

Charlotte Symphony, $20,000

To support the Mill Community Project. Activities will include the creation and presentation of a new work for chamber orchestra by composer David Crowe, based on stories by local community members whose lives changed after the closing of a textile mill in McAdenville, North Carolina.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, $25,000

To support a series of orchestra outreach programs throughout the Cincinnati metropolitan area and in northern Kentucky communities. The initiative will also offer concerts at reduced prices or free of charge.

Classical Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support free concerts by advanced student training orchestras. The Classical Symphony Orchestra, comprised of graduate and undergraduate college students, and the high school students of the Protege Philharmonic will perform concerts in the Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $40,000

To support a consortium performance tour to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Performances in six towns and cities will take place with tour coordination handled by the Dickinson County Council for the Arts.

Fairbanks Symphony, $5,000

To support an Alaskan tour by the Arctic Chamber Orchestra. As the touring ensemble of the Fairbanks Symphony, the chamber orchestra will perform in remote and underserved areas of Alaska.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, $25,000

To support a touring program in Texas and Oklahoma. Concerts and educational programs will take place in eight rural communities, reaching areas that have no professional symphony orchestras in close proximity.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support the Music in the Parks series. The free concerts will occur in three rural Illinois communities during the 2004 Labor Day weekend. The concerts will include special activities for children and will attracted an estimated audience of 7,000.

Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000

To support concerts in rural and inner-city communities as well as educational concerts for children and families. Activities will include ensemble concerts for families; instrument "petting zoos" in schools, public parks, and businesses; and outreach concerts in rural Kentucky communities and inner-city Lexington.

Macon Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support performances of works by African-American composers in observance of Black History Month. The Macon Symphony, under the artistic leadership of music director Adrian Gnam, will perform concerts at the Grand Opera House and Ft. Valley State University.

The Nashville Symphony, $20,000

To support outreach concerts in rural areas of middle Tennessee. In partnership with local community organizations, the symphony will tour to diverse and underserved communities.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, $20,000

To support "REACH," a statewide touring and educational outreach project. The orchestra's musicians will perform ensemble and orchestral repertoire in schools, libraries, hospitals, senior centers, and community centers throughout the state.

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, $22,500

To support a statewide tour to small, rural, and underserved communities of New Mexico. The project also will offer educational activities in Albuquerque area schools.

Oregon Symphony, $20,000

To support the Community Music Partnership program. The orchestra will select an underserved, rural community to participate in a two-year outreach residency. Orchestra musicians will provide development for teachers, educational outreach for adults and students, and performances by the full orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra (consortium), $50,000

To support Neighborhood Concerts, a consortium project with the Cooper Health System. The orchestra will perform free concerts and ancillary activities in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, reaching underserved and non-traditional audiences in neighborhood venues through performances and educational outreach efforts.

The Phoenix Symphony (consortium), $25,000

To support One Nation, a consortium project of education programs for the local Native American community. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (aka the Salt River Community Schools) in Scottsdale will partner with the symphony to expand outreach efforts and increase the number of private music lessons offered.

Rhode Island Philharmonic, $15,000

To support Music for Our Schools, a performance project designed to introduce children to orchestral music. The educational outreach project will be supplemented with related curriculum materials and a Web site.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, $25,000

To support Around the Town, an outreach project of community concerts for underserved and low-income residents. The orchestra will perform symphonic repertoire in six concerts located in neighborhood churches, community centers, and hospitals.

San Diego Symphony, $10,000

To support free outdoor summer concerts. The San Diego Symphony, under newly appointed music director Jahja Ling, will perform in numerous venues throughout San Diego County.

Seattle Symphony (consortium), $20,000

To support ACCESS, a consortium project of outreach performances and educational events for underserved communities. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, the orchestra will engage children and families in diverse neighborhoods of Seattle.

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, $10,000

To support a concert tour to New York's North Country. The orchestra, under the direction of music director Daniel Hege, will perform concerts in rural and underserved communities.

Toledo Symphony, $10,000

To support concerts in rural and underserved communities of northwestern Ohio and Indiana. The orchestra will expand annual outreach efforts to the towns of Marion, Zanesville, and Celina, Ohio; and Wabash, Indiana.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra (consortium), $20,000

To support the Southern Arizona Residency, a consortium project with the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities. The project will consist of an educational component and a public concert in five rural communities in southern Arizona.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra, $20,000

To support the Made in Vermont Music FestivalTour, a series of educational activities and community concert programs in underserved rural communities. The project will present children's programs in 10 communities, followed by family concerts in each location.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $15,000

To support a statewide tour to underserved rural communities. The orchestra, with music director Grant Cooper, will introduce orchestral music to new audiences throughout West Virginia.



Meet The Composer, $100,000

To support Creative Connections, a nationwide project that brings composers and audiences together around new musical works. The project will provide opportunities for composers to attend performances of their music and take part in pre- or post-concert discussions, open rehearsals, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and interviews.