Seattle Symphony gets $2 million challenge grant for education/workshop space upgrade

Posted on: March 6, 2017

“The Seattle Symphony has received a $2 million matching challenge gift from philanthropists James and Sherry Raisbeck to help launch the physical and programming transformation of its Soundbridge Music Discovery Center, an education and workshop space at Benaroya Hall,” writes Patti Payne in Friday’s (3/3) Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle; subscription required). “Soundbridge was originally designed to be more of an exhibit and hands-on music education space when it opened in 2002…. The plan is for it to be transformed physically and acoustically, creating opportunities for the symphony to offer live performances, education and community projects, as well as distance learning. The total budget for the upgrade of this space is $7 million…. The space is being designed by LMN Architects, the original architects for Benaroya Hall…. Some $3 million had already been raised…. The Raisbeck’s gift brings the amount raised to $5 million.” Seattle Symphony President and CEO Simon Woods is “excited for the upgrade…. ‘This is the place where all our work in bringing music to the widest range of people … will happen. This Soundbridge space is the symbol for all the great work that we do.’ ”

Posted March 6, 2017