Portland Symphony’s education programs get a $500K boost

Posted on: April 24, 2019

“The Portland Symphony Orchestra has received $500,000 from the Lunder Foundation to support the orchestra’s musical education programs,” writes Bob Keyes in Tuesday’s (4/23) Press Herald (Portland, Maine). “With the gift, the orchestra will create an endowed Lunder Maine Music Accessibility Fund that will be used to help pay for the orchestra’s KinderKonzerts, Youth Concerts, Discovery Concerts, Instrument Petting Zoos and PSO Explorers series, which serve kids across the state…. The orchestra will invest the money in its endowment fund, and draw about $20,000 a year from the fund to support the music education programs, said Carolyn Nishon, the orchestra’s executive director. ‘It’s an important piece of a puzzle to make sure we can sustain those programs in the long term,’ she said. ‘It does not cover all of those programs, but it gives fantastic support for those programs, and it enables us to plan and budget for them.’ In a statement, Paula and Peter Lunder said, ‘We are pleased to support the continued success of the education programs provided by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, which enrich the lives of many Maine children each year.’ ”

Posted April 24, 2019