Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall Announces PlayUSA Grants for Community Music Education Programs

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall today announced the 2021-2022 grant recipients for PlayUSA, a program that supports community partner organizations across the country to help ensure equitable access to instrumental music education programs. that serve students from kindergarten to grade 12. For its seventh year, Carnegie Hall has selected 19 organizations in 17 US states for a total of $510,000 in grants. In addition to financial support, recipients join a nationwide network of innovative organizations committed to providing transformative music education opportunities to young people across the country.

PUBLIQuartet – the innovative chamber ensemble dedicated to performing new string works and supporting emerging composers – will be PlayUSA’s first-ever ensemble-in-residence throughout the 2021-2022 season, reaching out to partner organizations for professional development and musical creation. Through Reflections on Resilience – in partnership with PUBLIQuartet and inspired by their “Reflections on Beauty”, a musical collage that chronicles the life of Madam CJ Walker – the PlayUSA partners will collect biographical accounts of the young musicians they serve in different regions of the country, and share their artistic responses to living history. Reflections on Resilience asks each partner: how best to share stories? Who is responsible for writing history?Through PlayUSA, partner organizations benefit from consultation with Carnegie Hall staff, professional development for teachers, access to online resources, and monthly webinars. In addition, an annual meeting will allow partners to come together and learn from each other’s practices. PlayUSA grants can be used to cover tuition fees for music education, the purchase or rental of musical instruments, as well as instrument repair and other programmatic costs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, PlayUSA partners have shifted their work to digital platforms, providing essential support and continued music creation in service of their local communities.

“With a variety of social needs and issues related to suffrage, racial injustice, gender equality, the refugee crisis and hunger/food insecurity, it can be overwhelming to trying to run a program for a variety of children and families with different backgrounds and backgrounds. The conversations, professional development and resources have been invaluable for us to reflect on both personally and professionally and how to begin to respond to them in thoughtful and hopeful ways through music. PlayUSA keeps the conversations tough and allows us to move forward through all of these circumstances.” -El Sistema Oklahoma

“Over the past seven years, PlayUSA has built a diverse network of thought leaders in music education who bring high-quality music education and creation to communities across the country,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Education and Director of Carnegie Hall. Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “We are especially proud of the many innovative ways our partners have pivoted during the pandemic and gone above and beyond to provide musical learning opportunities and student support nationwide. We look forward to collaborating and to learn from each other again this season.”

For more information about PlayUSA, visit carnegiehall.org/PlayUSA.

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