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Mellon to Fund Settlement-Led Initiative to Remove Barriers to Music Education

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Feb 07, 2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced a $2.532 million grant to a cohort of ten music education organizations in Philadelphia, with the end goal of increasing diversity in the professional classical music field. Settlement Music School will act as the lead partner and re-granting entity for the funds.

Granted to organizations within the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY), the investment builds upon Philadelphia's robust music education ecosystem, enhancing opportunities for collaboration to ensure that promising students can access the teaching and learning opportunities necessary to remove barriers to achieving the highest level of mastery.

The PMAY includes Musicopia, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Play On, Philly! (Guild Members), Project 440, School District of Philadelphia Office of Music Education, Settlement Music School (Guild Member), Temple University Music Preparatory Division (Guild Member), The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Primavera Fund.

“With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we can work to strengthen the supports that each organization already provides to students from underrepresented communities. Becoming a professional classical musician requires incredible dedication, sacrifice, devoted teachers and mentors, instruments, a myriad of learning opportunities, and much more that can be daunting without the necessary support,” says Settlement CEO Helen S. Eaton.

Learn more about the grant and the PMAY coalition here.
 

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