NYYS Awarded NEA Grant

NYYS Awarded NEA Grant

The New York Youth Symphony receives NEA grant

Grant One of 895 NEA Art Works Grants Funded Nationwide

New York -  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that The New York Youth Symphony is one of 895 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The New York Youth Symphony has received a $15,000 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 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.

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."

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.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding.   Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.