Fort Worth, Texas grant program for musicians aims to foster healing and positive change

Posted on: July 14, 2020

“Musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests brought on by the death of George Floyd can apply for funds to help jump-start the arts economy,” writes Elizabeth Campbell in Saturday’s (7/11) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas). “The project also intends to bring about healing and positive change in Fort Worth.” The program is underwritten by several area foundations. “The idea came about when Sasha Bass and Lauren Saba Childs, of Fort Works Art and the founder of the Gallery of Dreams, met with Fort Worth songwriter and musician Abraham Alexander…. Musicians who apply for the grants must submit a video of a live performance … and a personal statement on their experience in the pandemic and how their music will help bring people together. Leaders in Fort Worth’s music industry will choose the grant recipients. Grants of $2,000 will go to 35 musicians, and the six strongest applicants will receive $5,000 grants and will collaborate … on recording a song at Bass Hall.” Panelists include local musicians, songwriters, producers, nonprofit leaders, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.