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News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Nearly $2 Million in New Capital Support Grants

April 19, 2021 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – In a continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the Greater Philadelphia Area’s rich ecosystem of music performance, education, and community engagement, The Presser Foundation announces new Capital Support grants to thirty-five music organizations. These grants, totaling $1,954,200 and paid over six years provides both single year and multi-year support to music organizations. The Foundation will also make payments on previous and deferred commitments totaling an additional $547,500. A full listing by category of the forty-four grantee organizations is below.

These grants are designated for capital projects of music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Capital projects typically include the construction of new facilities and the renovation or expansion of existing facilities. The Foundation also provided for a one-time extension of grant guidelines to consider the equipment and supply needs of organizations as they continue to respond to the pandemic with innovative, uplifting and inspiring music programming. 

Corey R. Smith, Chair of the Capital Support Committee, commented on these grants, Given the environment of continued uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Foundation is pleased to be in the position to support music organizations of a great variety of scale and purpose. These grants will support the purchase of a computer, equipment for recording, supplies for summer camps, a micro-stage, and needed maintenance and renovation of buildings. We want our music organizations to come roaring back when it is safe to do so, because so many musicians, students, and enthusiasts depend on them.” 

2021 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order by category)

Traditional Large Capital Projects – $1,760,000 in Multi-Year Grants

Community Music School Lehigh Valley

Curtis Institute of Music

EMEAPP (Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project)

Kimmel Center, Inc.

Kutztown University Foundation

LiveConnections DBA World Cafe Live

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute

Settlement Music School

The Music School of Delaware

West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

COVID-Related Capital Needs – $194,200 in Single Year Grants

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

ArtSmart

Berks Youth Chorus

Bowerbird

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choir School of Delaware

Choral Arts Philadelphia

Commonwealth Youthchoirs

Community Conservatory

Community Music School of Collegeville

Darlington Arts Center

Esperanza

Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

Harrisburg Symphony Association

Musicopia

OperaDelaware

Orchestra 2001

Philadelphia Sinfonia Association

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

PRISM Quartet, Inc.

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Singing City

Sruti

Tempesta di Mare, Inc.

Previous & Deferred Capital Project Commitments – $547,500 in Multi-Year Grants

Haverford College

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation

Lebanon Valley College

Lafayette College

Rider University – Westminster Choir College

Swarthmore College

Stetson University

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

University of the Arts


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Nearly $1.2 Million in General Operating Support Grants to Music Organizations

February 24, 2021 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In a continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the greater Philadelphia area’s rich ecosystem of music performance, education, and community engagement, The Presser Foundation announces another round of general operating support grants to 86 music organizations. These grants, totaling $1,166,500 provide both single year and multi-year support to music organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The grants will be paid immediately to help these organizations to continue to weather the current COVID-19 crisis, which has forced so many music organizations to reimagine operations, performances and other activities. 

William B. McLaughlin, III, Chair of the Advancement of Music Committee, commented “While the ongoing pandemic has created stress on our beloved musical institutions, The Presser Foundation is inspired by so many who have invested in providing online music programming, shown great flexibility and innovation, and explored collaborations and other strategic relationships to supplement resources and expertise and expand audiences. Eighty-six organizations of a great variety of scale and purpose will receive funding and we are honored to help sustain and nurture these organizations that are essential to the communities and audiences they serve.”

Advancement of Music Grants: (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Vocal Arts 

Allentown Symphony Association

American Composers Forum

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Nova Workshop

Art Sphere, Inc.

Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA)

ArtSmart

Astral Artists

Bay Atlantic Symphony, Inc.

Bowerbird

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choir School of Delaware

Choral Arts Philadelphia

Commonwealth Youthchoirs

Community Conservatory

Community Music School Lehigh Valley

Community Music School of Collegeville

Community Youth Orchestra of Bucks County

Darlington Arts Center

Delaware County Youth Orchestra

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Dolce Suono Ensemble

Encore Series Inc./The Philly POPS

Esperanza

Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra

Harrisburg Symphony Association

Intercultural Journeys

Kimmel Center

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

LiveConnections DBA World Cafe Live

Lyra Society

Lyric Fest

Marian Anderson Historical Society & Museum

Market Square Concerts

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Music at Bunker Hill, a Nj nonprofit corporation

Music at Gretna, Inc.

Music for Everyone

Musicopia

Network for New Music

Ocean County College Foundation – The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

Opera Philadelphia 

OperaDelaware

Orchestra 2001

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus

Philadelphia Sinfonia Association

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Play On, Philly! (POP)

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

PRISM Quartet, Inc. 

Project 440

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Riverside Symphonia

Rock to the Future

Settlement Music School

Singing City

Singing Hearts Choir Inc.

State Theatre Regional Arts Center At New Brunswick Inc

Symphony in C

Tempesta di Mare, Inc.

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

The Allentown Band

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Crossing

The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc.

The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Music School of Delaware

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Princeton Festival 

Trenton Children’s Chorus, Inc.

Trenton Music Makers

Tri-County Concerts Association, Inc.

Wilmington Children’s Chorus

Wilmington Concert Opera

Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey

Zoellner Arts Center

About The Presser Foundation

The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late music publisher Theodore Presser. It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy. The Presser Foundation supports a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral and vocal music performance and education through general operating and program grants to music organizations; capital grants for music building projects; undergraduate and graduate student awards; and assistance to retired music teachers. Much of the grant making focus of the Foundation is on organizations and institutions in the 75-mile radius surrounding Center City Philadelphia. For more information: www.presserfoundation.org.


Honoring Thomas M. Hyndman, Jr.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Thomas M. Hyndman, Jr., long time Presser Foundation Board Member and Officer.  Tom’s tenure on the Presser Board began in 1959, and extended almost six decades.  Even after becoming an emeritus board member he remained interested and involved in board committee activity until very recently.  Tom was 96.  Working with Tom on the Board was a true pleasure.  A great listener, his charm, wit, interest, commitment, and penetrating mind made him an ideal colleague with whom to work toward Presser’s goals.  

I am including with this memorandum a link, that will take you to his obituary.  He was a well-known Philadelphia lawyer, a veteran of World War II, and a supporter of many worthy causes throughout his life.

On behalf of the Presser Foundation, I send our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and associates.  He was, indeed, a fine and rare person and will be greatly missed.

https://www.jacobfruth.com/obituary/thomas-hyndman-jr— 

Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius, President

THE PRESSER FOUNDATION


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Nearly $1.6 Million in Special Project Grants to Music Organizations and Undergraduate & Graduate Awards

October 23, 2020 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In a continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the greater Philadelphia area’s rich ecosystem of music performance, education, and community engagement, The Presser Foundation announces Special Project grants to 42 music organizations. These grants, totaling $517,300, are in addition to previous commitments of $40,000 to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts and to Allentown Symphony Association. The grants will be paid immediately to help these organizations to continue to weather the current COVID-19 crisis, which has forced so many music organizations to reimagine operations, performances and other activities. 

Peter Burwasser, Chair of the Special Projects Committee, commented “The ongoing pandemic has created financial challenges to our beloved musical institutions of an unprecedented magnitude. In response, the Presser Foundation has felt obliged, but also greatly honored, to dramatically increase our support to these groups through our Special Projects granting committee. Forty-two organizations of a great variety of scale and purpose will receive funding. They are comprised of six newer organizations, five pilot programs and 32 creative proposals, including many that requested funding for vital technology to enable virtual musical presentations.”

The Presser Foundation is also pleased to announce the selection of 220 undergraduate schools of music and 16 graduate schools of music from across the country to receive Undergraduate Scholar and Graduate Music Awards ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 and totaling $1,040,000.   These Awards are designed to encourage and support in a special way the education and career of music students who exemplify high academic and musical accomplishment, leadership, and citizenship. 

Special Project Grants: (in alphabetical order)

American Composers Forum

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Nova Workshop

Art Sphere, Inc.

Astral Artists, Inc.

Bucks County Choral Society

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choir School of Delaware

Encore Series Inc./The Philly POPS

Intercultural Journeys

Jazz Philadelphia

Kleine Kammermusik

LiveConnections DBA World Café Live

Lyric Fest

Mamadele Foundation

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Music for Everyone

Musicopia

Nashirah: The Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia

Network for New Music

Opera Philadelphia

OperaDelaware

Orchestra 2001

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

PRISM Quartet, Inc.

Singing City

Susquehanna Chorale

Tempesta di Mare, Inc.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Crossing

The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc.

The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Polyphonia Society

Trenton Music Makers

Wilmington Children’s Chorus

Wilmington Concert Opera

Variant 6

Yun International Music Foundation


Honoring Edith A. Reinhardt

It is with sadness, yet with gratitude and appreciation for her long life and all that she accomplished on behalf of others, that we lament the loss of our former leader, Edith A. Reinhardt. Edith was President of The Presser Foundation and her philanthropic work, particularly but not entirely, among music organizations is legendary. She was a bold leader who worked tirelessly on behalf of the arts and those less fortunate. In addition to The Presser Foundation she served many other nonprofits as a guiding spirit and board member. She was also justifiably proud of having broken barriers on behalf of women. Because of Edith’s zeal, dedication, and hard work, music education and performance in our city and the region was strengthened for all time, and we are grateful.

Obituary of Edith A. Reinhardt

Edith A. Reinhardt of Philadelphia died on Wednesday, September 16, at the age of 98 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Media, PA. Even though Edith had not been active in the arts community for several years, “it is not hyperbole to say that an era has passed with her and Philadelphia has lost a significant arts leader and philanthropist, as well as a trailblazing executive and, a great lady,” wrote David Hayes, former musical director of The Philadelphia Singers. David expressed the thoughts of many in saying: “Her loss will be felt as a chasm in the arts community.” Edith was born on April 29,1922, and grew up in Philadelphia with her sister and parents, Charles Reinhardt and Rebecca Gallagher. In her youth, she enjoyed social dancing and vacations to Atlantic City with her family. During World War II, having suffered the loss of a loved one in the Air Force, Edith began her service with the Red Cross. She would go on to serve as the President of the Philadelphia Red Cross. After receiving her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, one of few women in her class, Edith began her career at Fidelity Bank and worked her way to being the first woman trust officer and a Senior Vice President of the bank. Having been a talented and aspiring opera singer, Edith expressed her love for the vocal arts through an unwavering commitment to strengthening music institutions in the greater Philadelphia area through her philanthropy and leadership. She was a benefactor, served on Boards, and held leadership positions at the Settlement Music School, the Academy of Vocal Arts, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Singers, Musical Fund Society, Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Opera Company, and Darlington Arts Center. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Presser Foundation for decades—again, the first woman member—where she worked tirelessly to ensure the survival of myriad arts institutions in this role. She was also a pioneer for women in business and philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. Edith was known for finding time to mentor young professionals in their artistic, philanthropic, and business endeavors. She was a cheerleader, a counselor, and even a dispenser of tough love and reality when needed. Upon leaving Fidelity Bank in 1987, Edith co-founded the firm Hemmenway & Reinhardt, Inc. in Swarthmore, with her friend and business partner, Peter W. Hemmenway, specializing in non-profit planned giving services. In her free time, Edith enjoyed opera, the symphony, and theater, the company of her dear friends, and a good martini. Into her early 80’s, she kept up her family tradition of trips to Atlantic City, traveling there by train almost every weekend. Edith Reinhardt will be remembered for her grace, her generosity, and her indomitable spirit—like a beautiful piece of music sung from the soul. She is survived by the arts community that she nourished and her closest friends – Michael Palage, Diana and Michael Hemmenway. Memorial gifts may be made to the scholarship funds of Darlington Arts Center (https://www.darlingtonarts.org/) or Settlement Music School (https://settlementmusic.org/).



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