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

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