Rhode Island Philharmonic receives $75K for social-justice education initiatives

Posted on: October 9, 2019

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School has received a $75,000 grant to support the organization’s social-justice initiatives that bring music education to underserved elementary, middle, and high school students. The Hearst Foundation grant will support the music school’s robust financial aid program for new and current students and youth ensemble members. In addition, the funds will help advance the Philharmonic’s community partnership initiatives, including a year-long music literacy curriculum in area elementary schools, part of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up music education program; and Victoria’s Dream Project, a strings program for students in grades 3 through 5 at Pawtucket’s Agnes E. Little Elementary School that provides alumni with tuition-free instruction at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School through their high school years. David Beauchesne, the Philharmonic’s executive director, said, “After over 70 years of providing excellent music education to our community, we understand that we must continue to evolve to meet the changing needs and circumstances faced by those who live in Rhode Island, and develop programs and pathways that help us reach everyone.”

Posted October 9, 2019