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Jun 27, 2012
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has just been awarded a prestigious Challenge grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. This is the second year that the Conservatory has received this award as part of a two-year Arts Advancement Initiative by Bloomberg Philanthropies to support small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations that are integral to the strength of New York City.
Karen Geer, executive director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music says, “Over the last two years, Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded the Conservatory an extraordinary $125,000. This support has made a substantial impact on the thousands of people we serve through music instruction, music therapy and community concerts. We are striving to become Brooklyn’s hub for community music education, and we are truly honored that Bloomberg Philanthropies is recognizing and supporting this vision.”
As part of the Arts Advancement Initiative grant, the Conservatory attends arts management trainings offered through the DeVos Institute at the Kennedy Center headed by the renowned Michael Kaiser. Deemed the “Turnaround King,” Kaiser has made a career out of transforming failing arts organizations into prosperous world centers. As the award is also a Challenge grant, the Conservatory is required to match the funds by 20%, and invest significant time and effort in developing and growing its Board and Advisory Council. Over the last year, the Conservatory has made considerable headway in this arena, and now will appeal to the community once again to meet this year’s Challenge.
About the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
The Conservatory’s main campus, in the heart of historic Park Slope, Brooklyn, is a comprehensive educational centers for over 1,000 students. The Conservatory offers a full range of lessons, classes and ensembles to students of every age and ability, and provides more than 200 merit- and need-based scholarships annually. The Conservatory serves more than 800 individuals living with disabilities and other significant life issues through its music therapy program, both on-site and through more than 20 partner sites in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Manhattan. The Conservatory also provides music education to an additional 6,500 school-aged children each year through its Music Partners Program, offered in more than 40 public, private and parochial schools, youth centers and community-based organizations.
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