Seven music education programs selected for Carnegie’s PlayUSA in 2016-17

Posted on: June 22, 2016

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute has announced seven grant recipients for its PlayUSA instrumental music education initiative. They are Atlanta Music Project; Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama/Scrollworks (Birmingham, AL); the People’s Music School (Chicago); Tocando After School Music Project, a program of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (El Paso, TX); Music for Life, a program of the Louisiana Philharmonic (New Orleans); Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (N.Y., NY); and Community MusicWorks (Providence, RI). During PlayUSA’s pilot 2015-16 season, Carnegie Hall invited orchestras that already partner with its Link Up program to apply for PlayUSA. This year, applications were made available to a wider array of music education organizations of all different types. The grants total $250,000, an increase of $150,000 from the pilot season. Each partner organization receives consultations with Carnegie Hall staff, teachers receive training and professional development, and representatives from each organization convene at Carnegie Hall twice annually. Participants in PlayUSA’s 2015-16 pilot season were the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s CSO Instructs program; El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando program; and the Louisiana Philharmonic’s Music for Life program. For more information on PlayUSA, click here.

Posted June 22, 2016

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