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Nominate a musician by Feb. 3 for the League’s 2017 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

This is your chance to recognize musicians making an impact! Nominations for the second annual Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are now open.

In this League of American Orchestras program, five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive process to receive the awards, which include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 to the musician’s home orchestra for professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians. Community service is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low income/at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as those who may not otherwise have access to or who are not traditionally served by orchestras.

Click here for a Symphony Magazine article on the 2016 awardees

New this year: each orchestra may nominate up to two musicians. (Past winners are not eligible, but past nominees are welcome to apply.) The application deadline is February 3, and awardees will be notified in April 2017. Click here for more information

Posted January 19, 2017

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