Philadelphia Music Project Grants $593,150 to Area Arts

By the Numbers

This year’s funded proposals will yield:

147 events
36 new works
1 world premiere
4 regional premieres
58 residency and educational activities
32 chamber music performances
9 orchestral music performances
6 choral music performances
59 new music performances
18 world/folk music performances
20 jazz performances
10 early music performances
17 musical theater performances
4 opera performances

Benefit 416 local artists and 489 guest artists

Reach nearly 35,000 live audience members in the five-county region and more than 315,000 regional radio audience members through broadcasts on Philadelphia’s WRTI and WHYY

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:

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.