Cedar Rapids Harmony School of Music Receives Los Angeles Philharmonic Scholarship


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CEDAR RAPIDS – The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) has awarded $25,000 to the Harmony School of Music as part of Partners in Music Learning, an initiative to refund LA Phil’s national YOLA program, supporting the development youth creative and music programs across the United States. anonymous donor, this is the LA Phil’s first regrant opportunity.

Harmony School of Music is one of 18 organizations to receive funding from Partners in Music Learning. The funds will support capacity building, programming and increased youth access to music learning opportunities. This initiative will also create a national cohort of music educators, providing grantees with a platform for shared learning and support while deepening their impact beyond the grant period.

“We are thrilled to receive this award and to be part of a national group of programs developing best practices for creative youth empowerment,” said Jessica Altfillisch, Founder and Executive Director of The Harmony School. “This funding and the ability to learn with and from other programs will help Harmony School grow free programs here at home while increasing opportunities for our students and teachers around the world.”

The regrant program was developed in consultation with leaders and stakeholders in the fields of youth development and music education and is inclusive of youth. Elsje Kibler-Vermaas, vice president of learning at the LA Phil, said, “Designing a democratic grantmaking process was important to us. We have worked to consider the perspectives of those the program aims to serve and will provide a platform where all participants learn from and alongside each other.

About Harmony School of Music

Harmony School’s (HSM) mission is to transform lives through inclusive music education. HSM aims to build a safe and nurturing space to explore creativity. Classes are free to students and prioritize those who face financial and social barriers to other extracurricular arts programs. Harmony School is the only Iowa member of El Sistema USA and is part of a global network of creative changemakers working to create community music ensembles that benefit all citizens. For more information, visit wwww.harmonycr.org.


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