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Mar 07, 2012
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation of Lansdowne, Virginia, recently awarded $250,000 to Settlement Music School to fund the Jack Kent Cooke Widening the Stage program. The program, beginning June 2012 for children ages 8-18, will provide all-inclusive access to individual instruction and ensembles by offering financial aid to students in need. It will include the School's first-ever touring ensemble. Additional services will be provided, geared to the particular challenges lower-income students face when they study music seriously, including quality instrument loans and parental support.
On hand to help make this announcement were Settlement Music School Central Board of Trustees Chair, Barrie Trimingham, with Settlement Music School Executive Director, Helen S. Eaton. Ms. Eaton is also a newly elected trustee to the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Earlier this week, Ms. Eaton prestented at a Philadelphia City Council hearing on how cultural institutions can aid in educating Philadelphia's school-age children in a time of strained School District resources.
Settlement Alumnus and #1 Billboard Magazine chart topper of all-time, Chubby Checker, made a surprise appearance at the press conference and noted how his own experience and opportunities he received at Settlement were an impetus for his later musical success.
About Settlement Music School
One of the largest and oldest community schools of the arts in the United States, Settlement Music School provides people of all abilities, age, race and financial means with programs of the highest quality in music and dance to help them achieve their greatest potential. Settlement awards $2 million a year in financial aid. It is the largest employer of musicians in the region, with 210 dedicated faculty members, most of whom have advanced degrees. Since its inception in 1908, more than 300,000 people have benefitted from Settlement programs and activities.
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