Inaugural Lewis Prize for Music supports educational opportunities for young people

Posted on: January 15, 2020

“The Lewis Prize for Music, a new philanthropic organization focused on fostering music education and career development in young people, announced its first slate of winners,” writes Lauren Messman in Tuesday’s (1/14) New York Times. “The $1.75 million will be awarded to the leaders of nine organizations … The prize … was founded in 2019 by the philanthropist Daniel R. Lewis…. $500,000 [in] multiyear support was given to Community MusicWorks, which provides classical music educational programs in Providence, R.I.; My Voice Music, which brings songwriting, recording and performance mentorships to mental health treatment and detention centers in Portland, Ore; and The David’s Harp Foundation, a San Diego-based organization that works to develop job skills through music with youth in the juvenile justice system.” $50,000 awards were given to “programs aimed at inspiring Native American music educators and composers, bringing traditional Mexican music education to the children of immigrants, providing music and entrepreneurship training for young musicians of color in Detroit, and building support for the next generation of New Orleans brass band musicians. Project 440, which offers entrepreneurial training for young musicians in Philadelphia, and Spy Hop Productions, which partners with schools and arts- and community-based organizations to offer music mentorships in Salt Lake City, each received $25,000.”