Mellon grants $2.532M to Philadelphia groups for classical music education, increasing diversity

Posted on: February 1, 2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made a $2.532 million grant to ten music education organizations in Philadelphia within the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth, with the goal of increasing diversity in the professional classical music field. Participating organizations from the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth—a collaborative of music education organizations serving elementary through high school students across Greater Philadelphia—include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Play On, Philly!, Project 440, Musicopia, Philadelphia Sinfonia, School District of Philadelphia Office of Music Education, Settlement Music School, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, and the Primavera Fund. The Mellon-funded program, entitled PMAY Artists’ Initiative, will begin musician recruitment in spring 2017. Approximately 75 students from throughout the Philadelphia region will be identified in the first cohort of students by summer 2017. A national search for a program manager, who will have expertise in collaborations, the orchestral field, and music education, is underway.

Posted February 1, 2017