Check out this exciting new opportunity announced recently by the League of American Orchestras:
The League of American Orchestras has launched The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, a new program supporting orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. The program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards, which will include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to their home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians. The musician nomination deadline is February 9, 2016. Guidelines can be found here.
The awardees and their orchestras will be publicly announced and receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, 2016. Musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation and separate webinar, providing the orchestra field opportunities to learn from their experience.
Community work is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural and social engagement. Those served may include low-income/at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.