December 7, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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The New York Youth Symphony receives NEA grant
Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide
New York - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced
today that The New York Youth Symphony is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to
receive an NEA Art Works grant. The New York Youth Symphony has received a $20,000 grant
to support the organization’s Growing Music initiative.
The Growing Music initiative provides arts education to students aged 12-22 in the metropolitan
area, as well as access and engagement opportunities for the entire community, regardless of
the ability to pay. As part of the acclaimed First Music program the NYYS commissions seven
new pieces of music each season, performed by our orchestra, jazz band, and chamber music
students on their performances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and
Weill Recital Hall. In addition, the Making Score composition program provides seminar-style
education to fifteen students, culminating in a year-end performance of their original works at
Symphony Space. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.nyys.org.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including The New York Youth
Symphony," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of
creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging
audiences, and exemplary education programs."
On learning of the NEA’s grant, Shauna Quill, Executive Director of the New York Youth
Symphony said “We are thrilled for the continued support from the NEA and proud to be
recognized for commissioning and performing new works. The NYYS considers this its most
important contribution to the field.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than
$74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic
disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new
and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels
of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence
and artistic merit.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the
NEA website at arts.gov.