Texas Performing Arts Awarded Prestigious Grant

Classical music lovers rejoice!

Texas Performing Arts was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today to expand its classical music programming over the next three years.

“We are honored and deeply grateful for this extraordinary support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” said Texas Performing Arts Director and Associate Dean Kathy Panoff.

Texas Performing Arts of the University of Texas, an already well-known and well-respected arts organization in Austin, obtained their grant in the Performing Arts, one of five program areas the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports.  The goal of the grant is to “support institutions that contribute to the development and preservation of their art from,” according to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Therefore, Texas Performing Arts plans to use these newfound funds “to inspire our community to appreciate classical music as a living, breathing, vibrant, and ever-changing organism that has a remarkable capacity to respond to the needs of a fast-paced and progressive society,” said Panoff.

Douglas Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, could not agree more.

“The ‘live music capital’ can be and should be a force for reviving live audiences for concert and ‘art music,’ as much as it is for popular and folk traditions.  This prestigious grant is a resounding affirmation of Austin as a creative hub for the next generation of classical music performance and presenting.  Texas Performing Arts’ classical music initiative promises to bring a cutting-edge sophistication to the cultural life of our campus and community,” he said.

As hefty as this grant is, the money does not stop with the $450,000. One-third of the grant can be matched through donations. The rest has been pledged to be matched by the administration of The University of Texas at Austin.  With the grant and the corresponding matches, $900,000 have been pledged to developing classical music programs for Texas Performing Arts.

Kudos to our friends at Texas Performing Arts!

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