New Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative receives $3.5 million to increase diversity in music field

Posted on: November 6, 2018

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made a $3.5 million, multi-year grant to fund the new Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI), which aims to build Chicago-area training pathways for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and to increase diversity in America’s professional music landscape, and particularly in its orchestras. The grant recipients include the Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music, and the Ravinia Festival. Through the initiative, a diverse network of more than 20 established not-for-profit Chicago music and youth-focused organizations will work to identify talented, motivated students early in their training, and help them to achieve their full musical potential.

Posted November 6, 2018