The Philadelphia Music Project has awarded 15 grants for music projects to nonprofit organizations in the five-county region ranging from $15,000 to $120,000.
PMP Project director Matthew Levy said that the 2004 awards are notable for their focus on the creation of new repertoire. The 2004 grantees “will undertake an unprecedented thirty-six commissions and world premiere performances of compositions spanning classical, jazz, and world music. Several new works will incorporate interdisciplinary features, exploring the means by which music, film, dance, poetry, and other forms of art inform one another. Taken together, these efforts are a profound measure of Philadelphia’s increasing cultural vitality.”
The recipients and their grants are:
- Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia—$23,150
- Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia—$30,000
- Curtis Institute of Music—$15,000
- Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia—$30,000
- Montgomery County Community College—$25,000
- Network for New Music—$60,000
- Opera North—$25,000 (first-time recipient)
- Orchestra 2001—$30,000
- Painted Bride Art Center—$120,000
- Philadelphia Chamber Music Society—$50,000
- Philadelphia Singers—$20,000
- Piffaro, The Renaissance Band—$30,000
- Prince Music Theater—$80,000
- Sruti, The India Music and Dance Society—$25,000
PMP, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by Settlement Music School, awarded a total of $593,150 on a competitive basis. The 15 grant recipients were selected from among 29 applicants. With the awarding of its 2004 grants, PMP will have underwritten 177 projects with support totaling $7,412,800 since the inception of the program in 1989.
An eight-member panel reviewed this year’s applications and was composed of Samuel C. Dixon, (panel chair), Louise Basbas, Harolyn Blackwell, Robert E. Brown, Greg Osby, Robert Page, Bright Sheng, and Hanako Yamaguchi.