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Lewis Prize for Music announces 2024 music education grants

January 10, 2024

The Lewis Prize for Music has announced grants totaling more than $3 million in support of efforts to provide young people with music education, strengthen their communities, and put music at the center of efforts to establish equity.

In partnership with Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, the organization increased the amount it distributed in 2024. Through the organization’s annual Accelerator Awards, a five-year, $20 million commitment to creative youth development organizations across the country, organizations received grants of $500,000 for sustained progress toward community change initiatives aligned with the vision of the Lewis Prize. Recipients include the Bridge Music Project in Olympia, Washington, which teaches youth how music and songwriting can be tools to deal with life’s challenges; Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership, and the exchange of ideas; and Inetnon Gef Pa’go Cultural Arts Program, Inc., in Guam, which aims to promote awareness and pride in Chamorro heritage through performance arts.

In addition, the Lewis Prize announced its Infusion Awards, which provide $150,000 in multi-year support to create new musical platforms and pathways in their communities. Recipients include Juneau Alaska Music MattersHealthy Hood Chicago, and Brandon House Cultural & Performing Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Read the full story at Philanthropy News Digest.