Each year the plan is to select up to three recipients, with preference for Pro Musicis artists, to receive a $4,000 grant in support of their project.
Award #7, presented May 21, 2018
PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US—founded by Molly Carr—inaugurated the Solera Quartet’s week long musical immersion at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution featuring daily interactive sessions on the life and work of Beethoven and a creative composers’ workshop.
“In 2016 The Soleras were invited to play in a state prison. The audience that day was the most emotionally engaged and focused audience we had ever encountered. That experience sparked our passion to bring thoughtful quartet concerts into incarcerated communities throughout the country.” —The Soleras
Award #8, presented May 21, 2018
BACH DANCING & DYNAMITE SOCIETY—founded by Pro Musicis artist Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes, now in its third decade in Madison, Wisconsin, offers year round educational events for young audiences, free chamber music concerts for rural audiences, and collaboration with civic organizations bringing music to social initiatives.
“With the Father Merlet Award we plan to deepen our relationship with the Odyssey Project, performing concerts aligned with the curriculum of this year long humanities course for low income adults seeking a pathway to a university education.” Stephanie Jutt