Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Foundation Awards $500,000 To Advance Music Instruction For Talented Low-Income Youth

January 24, 2013 11:43 PM

Lansdowne, VA – Expanding its efforts to provide access to advanced music instruction to gifted young musicians from low-income communities, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced its 2013 recipients for the Foundation’s “Widening the Stage for Musically Talented Youth” program. The two grantees, the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, will each be awarded $250,000 in 2013. These grants are renewable annually for the following two years.

“These extraordinary programs will give students who have the aptitude and enthusiasm to pursue rigorous music education the pathways to pursue their dreams,” said Dr. Lawrence Kutner, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Reflecting Jack Kent Cooke’s passion for the arts, the Foundation’s Widening the Stage for Musically Talented Youth program, created in 2012, seeks to expand access to advanced music instruction for talented young musicians, ages 8-18, from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

“These talented students will have access to instruments that match their skills, ensembles of peers who ‘get’ their passion, and high-level music instruction without interruption because the decision had to be made between paying for lessons or meeting the rent,” said Natalie Jansorn, the Foundation’s director of programs. “Widening the Stage offers gifted students opportunities to excel, regardless of their economic circumstances.”

Details about each grant are as follows:

Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) – $250,000 to create Pathways to Peabody, a program that will support at least 35 musically talented students, primarily ages 12-17, from economically disadvantaged families in the City of Baltimore and its surrounding counties to study in one of the advanced performance academies of the Peabody Preparatory, the Institute's non-degree division. Students will receive college and career readiness guidance as well as individual instruction, music theory, and performance classes weekly. They will also participate in large ensembles, chamber music groups, and master classes, and have a range of recital opportunities.

The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA) – $250,000 to launch the Herbert Zipper Scholars Program in their Community School of Performing Arts, a comprehensive music education program for 44 talented, motivated, low-income students, ages 8-18. Programming will be tailored to each student and will include private lessons, ensembles, music theory, performance opportunities, instruments, and an advisor who will work closely with instructors to guide students in their music study to become conservatory-ready.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Because we believe that high-potential, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $100 million in scholarships to more than 1900 students, and $70 million in grants to organizations that support our mission.






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