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News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Over $1.3 Million in a Special Round of General Operating and Capital Support Grants to Music Organizations

April 29, 2020 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – In 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 a special and additional round of general operating grants to 85 music organizations, whichinclude current fiscal year grant recipients funded by the Foundation’s Advancement of Music and Special Projects programs. There is no application, there are no restrictions on use of funds beyond applicable guidelines, and the reporting requirements will be minimal.

The additional grants total $521,250 and will be paid immediately to help these organizations weather the current COVID-19 crisis, which has forced so many music organizations to curtail operations, cancelling performances and other activities. Individual grants range from $750 to $30,000. The average size is just over $6,100. These additional amounts supplement general operating grants awarded this year totaling $1,042,500.

The Presser Foundation is also pleased to announce the selection of grantees for capital projects totaling $795,000, including $545,000 in new commitments and $250,000 satisfying previous commitments, through its Capital Support program. The grant recipients are music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the greater Philadelphia area and those which enjoy a legacy relationship with the Foundation. 

Jeffrey Cornelius, President of The Presser Foundation, commented on these grants: “The Presser Foundation saw an opportunity to extend potentially life-saving support to a broad swath of music organizations, without any re-application. We want our music organizations to come roaring back when it is safe to do so, because so many musicians and enthusiasts depend on them. Our Trustees pledge to serve as responsible stewards advancing the art of music and continuing the legacy of Theodore Presser with passion, integrity and respect. It is in this way that we hope to inspire others to support the music to the extent they are able to do so. We affirm the ways these organizations and this ecosystem have enriched our lives and recognize that they are aching to continue their important work.” 

2019-20 Special Round of General Operating Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Vocal Arts

Allentown Symphony Association

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ars Nova Workshop

Art Sphere, Inc.

Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA)

ArtistYear

Astral Artists, Inc.

Bay Atlantic Symphony, Inc.

Berks Youth Chorus

Bowerbird

Bucks County Choral Society

Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choir School of Delaware

Choral Arts Philadelphia

CityFest, Inc./Wilmington Children’s Chorus

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

Esperanza

Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra

Harrisburg Symphony Association

Kimmel Center, Inc.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

LiveConnections

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Lyra Society

Lyric Fest

Mamadele Foundation

Market Square Concerts

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Moravian College

Music at Gretna, Inc.

Music for Everyone

Musicopia

Network for New Music

OperaDelaware

Opera Philadelphia

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

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Play On, Philly! (POP)

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

PRISM Quartet, Inc.

Project 440

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Riverside Symphonia

Settlement Music School

Singing City

State Theatre Regional Arts Center At New Brunswick Inc

Susquehanna Chorale

Symphony in C

Tempesta di Mare, Inc.

Temple University Music Preparatory Division

The Allentown Band

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Crossing

The Dryden Ensemble

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 Concert Opera

WRTI 90.1FM

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2019-20 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Haverford College

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation

Kimmel Center, Inc., Academy of Music*

Lafayette College

Lebanon Valley College

Rider University – Westminster Choir College

Swarthmore College

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts*

University of the Arts*

*Previous Multi-Year Grantee


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Over $1 Million in Advancement of Music Grants

The Presser Foundation Announces Over $1 Million in Advancement of Music Grants

The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of seventy-three new multi- and single-year grantees for Advancement of Music. These grants, totaling $823,500 are in addition to $205,000 in existing multi-year grants to seven outstanding music organizations.  Advancement of Music provides general operating support to music presenting, music performing and music education organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

William B. McLaughlin, III, Chair of the Advancement of Music Committee, commented, “For the first time in an over one hundred-year history, The Presser Foundation has crossed the threshold of one million dollars in general operating support this fiscal year.  It is an honor to provide the largest round of critical funding totaling $1,028,500 to so many musical organizations in and around Philadelphia.  As our recently adopted operating values articulate – Music is our purpose. We are committed to supporting the future of music and its excellence.”

2019-20 Advancement of Music Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Vocal Arts
Allentown Symphony Association
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Ars Nova Workshop
Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA)
Astral Artists, Inc.
ArtistYear
Bay Atlantic Symphony, Inc.
Berks Youth Chorus
Bowerbird
Bucks County Choral Society
Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey
Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Chester Children’s Chorus
Choir School of Delaware
Choral Arts Philadelphia
CityFest, Inc./Wilmington Children’s Chorus
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
Esperanza
Friends of the Wanamaker Organ
Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra
Harrisburg Symphony Association
Kimmel Center, Inc.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
LiveConnections
Lyra Society
Lyric Fest
Market Square Concerts
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Moravian College
Music at Gretna, Inc.
Music for Everyone
Musicopia
Network for New Music
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
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
Play On, Philly! (POP)
Princeton Symphony Orchestra
PRISM Quartet, Inc.
Project 440
Reading Symphony Orchestra
Riverside Symphonia
Settlement Music School
Singing City
State Theatre Regional Arts Center At New Brunswick Inc
Susquehanna Chorale
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.
WRTI90.1FM

About The Presser Foundation

The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late 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.  More information on the Foundation’s grant making activity can be found on its website www.presserfoundation.org.


News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Special Projects Grants

December 23, 2019 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection and funding of fourteen new Special Projects from music organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. These grants, totaling $131,000, are in addition to a previous commitment of $20,000 to Settlement Music School on behalf of long-time and retiring Trustees. Peter Burwasser, Chair of the Special Projects Committee, commented “The Presser Foundation is pleased to support, under revised grant guidelines, special project grants including organization milestones, general operating support for new organizations to the Foundation, pilot programs and first-time artistic collaborations. Music curriculum development, anniversary performances, and unique partnerships comprise the list of projects supported.”

Special Project Grants: (in alphabetical order)

Allentown Symphony Association

Art Sphere, Inc.

Chester Children’s Chorus

Choir School of Delaware

Intercultural Journeys 

Mamadele Foundation

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus

The Dryden Ensemble

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Wilmington Concert Opera

Symphony in C

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Remembering Michael Stairs

Michael Stairs

Michael Stairs, Trustee 1985-2018

Our beloved Board member and one of the great musical artists and teachers in the field of organ performance, Michael Stairs, passed away on August 11, 2018.

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Michael, beyond his artistry as a musician, was a man of sterling character. He exemplified truly exceptional human qualities of modesty and compassion for others.  He brought these qualities and keen insight to his work on behalf of the Foundation.
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One of Michael’s final acts on behalf of The Presser Foundation was to designate his special directed grant to the benefit of students at the Curtis Institute.  He gave his time generously and willingly to the work of the Foundation, serving on the Board for thirty-three years, and was an exemplary committee chair, most recently of the Advancement of Music Committee.  We shall all miss him, his wisdom, his gentle manner, and the beauty he brought to so many performances.

News Release: The Presser Foundation Announces Capital Support Grants

April 18, 2019 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania– The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Capital Support.  These grants, totaling $761,185 this fiscal year, include $445,000 in new commitments and $316,185 satisfying previous commitments.  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.

Corey R. Smith, Chair of the Capital Support Committee,commented on these grants, “A community music school, two undergraduate schools of music, and a historic regional arts center comprise this year’s list of new grantees for Capital Support. Reflecting the spectrum of music organizations supported by The Presser Foundation, we congratulate them and are pleased to be associated with capital projects of such significance and impact.” 

2018-19 Capital Support Grantees (in alphabetical order)

Darlington Arts Center

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation*

Kimmel Center, Inc., Academy of Music*

OperaDelaware*

Rowan University Foundation

State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, Inc.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts*

University of the Arts

*Previous Multi-Year Grantee


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