The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced a series of competitive grant awards to nonprofit arts organizations around the nation, including a grant to the Heifetz International Music Institute to support our Heifetz On Tour outreach and career development program for young musicians. The $30,000 grant is the largest NEA award in the Institute’s 19-year history, and is part of 1,023 grants totaling $74.3 million nationwide awarded in this funding round. Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.
In announcing the award, NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from the Heifetz Institute represents an investment both in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”
Heifetz Institute Executive Director Benjamin K. Roe noted, “We are delighted to receive not only the funding from the NEA, but also the recognition this grant award signifies. Through our unique Heifetz Performance and Communication Training© program, the Heifetz Institute is out to rewrite the classical music performance paradigm, and weare thrilled for this opportunity to foster real-world opportunities for our most outstanding performers. We believe that ‘classical music for all’ is as much a community enhancement as creating green spaces, a neighborhood bike path, or a public art project. We believe this music has a transformative power, and should therefore be accessible to all regardless of age, race, or social status.”
The NEA award is specifically targeted to support the Institute’s Heifetz On Tour initiative–an outreach and career development program for young musicians. Project plans will include residencies by institute alumni at the Jamestown Arts Center in Jamestown, Rhode Island that will feature master classes, after-school programs, media interviews, and performances. Alumni will also be in residence at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra working with their youth symphony as well as with public school students.
In addition, as part of its ongoing affiliation with Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, Heifetz alumni will be performing year-round in the Shenandoah Valley, providing lectures, demonstrations, and performances in public schools, community centers, and non-traditional community venues.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Institute’s just-completed Shenandoah Scholarship Campaign, an unprecedented dollar-for-dollar $100,000 matching grant challenge designed to bring some of world’s most talented young musicians to study at the acclaimed Institute regardless of their ability to pay. The four-month Campaign raised a total of $121,714 at its conclusion on April 19. Combined with the $100,000 matching funds from the Heifetz Board of Directors, the Institute will be able to offer more scholarship assistance to more students than at any time in the world-renowned music center’s history. The Institute’s summer program and 2015 Festival of Concerts will run from June 25 – August 7, with an opening Concert and Convocation on June 27th. For tickets and other information please click here!