The League of American Orchestras announces that Ford Motor Company Fund has renewed its support for the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. This award, entering its second year, recognizes musicians for their demonstrated impact and exceptional service to their communities. The deadline to apply for the 2017 award is February 3, 2017. Five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards, which include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 to the musician’s home orchestra for professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians. Community work is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low income/at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as those who may not otherwise have access to or who are not traditionally served by orchestras.
Each orchestra may nominate up to two musicians. The application deadline is February 3, and awardees will be notified in April 2017.
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Posted December 16, 2016