Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund announced on Thursday that the Settlement Music School had been awarded a $25,000 Youth Enrichment Arts Grant.
The grant was created to support arts programs and projects which seek to enrich the lives of the youths in and out of school.
The Settlement Music School is the country’s largest and oldest community school of arts dedicated to providing quality instruction in dance, music and other genres. It has six branches within Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Helen Eaton, executive director, said the school is honored to receive the grant in support of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s “Widening the Stage Program.”
“This will allow Settlement to broaden our reach to expand learning and performance opportunities for talented, low-income students who are seeking to make a greater investment in the arts,” Eaton noted this week. “We are looking forward to demonstrating, to Philadelphia and beyond, what it means to provide children every opportunity to excel musically.”
The program will expand the school’s existing programs with the addition of a newly-formed cohort of up to 80 talented, low-income students who want to study and practice music. The program will begin this June.
Other grant recipients were Centro Nueva Creación, Village of the Arts and Humanities and the Wagner Free Institute.