The cultivation of skill and diffusion of taste in music

Grants Overview

The Musical Fund Society, for many years, has served the field of music and the Philadelphia community through modest grant-making.

Each year, a number of institutional grants are awarded via a competitive review to local musical organizations.

Additionally, the Society and its members award a single Career Advancement Grant to an especially promising young artist with local ties.

2015 Grants

  • Astral Artists – In support of its “Concerts for Kids” program consisting of two concerts of interactive musical fun for the entire family where children will experience the joy of interacting with artists while also making memorable early contact with the world of classical music.
  • Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra – In support of its Citywide Side by Side Concert staged at the Robin Hood Dell in East Fairmont Park, a project to expand the quality and variety of programming options thereby exposing area residents to different art forms and attracting a more diverse cross-section of Philadelphians to that venue.
  • Bowerbird – Support for its 2015-2016 GATE series focused on increasing the presence of Philadelphia based composers and performing ensembles. This ongoing series of concerts takes place at The Rotunda, a community-gathering place located in Philadelphia’s diverse West Philadelphia neighborhood.
  • Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia – In support of the creation of a new work from pianist/composer Conrad Tao encompassing piano, orchestra, technology and experimental media.
  • Community Music School of Collegeville – In support of expanding its offering of educational programs focusing on the studying of modern classical music.
  • The Crossing – Financial support for the commissioning of “Seven Responses” a series of companion pieces by a selection of international composers to Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri. The new work will be performed in repertory with the original in June of 2016 at the Philadelphia Cathedral.
  • The Curtis Institute – In support of its composer in residence program for 2015-2016. A program that provides students the opportunity to learn new techniques from renowned composers from around the globe.
  • Dolce Suono Ensemble – In support of “Spotlight on American Women Composers” an expanded concert and symposium that will explore the contributions of three pivotal American women composers.
  • Lyric Fest – In support of “Letters” a program of mostly American song, prose settings of letters and the stories that surround them.
  • Network for New Music – In support of “All the Things He Was: Music of Milton Babbitt and His Students” A spring 2016 project that will consist of a concert program, a symposium featuring a Babbitt documentary, and an educational project involving student composers.
  • Piffaro, The Renaissance Band – In support of a program building on the concept of the “Harmony of the Spheres“  which purports that music, because of its ratios, intervals and modes, was essential to the cosmic system.
  • Tempeste di Mare – In support of “Dresden Vespers of 1619” a project featuring rarely performed music depicting the remarkable musical meeting of Germany’s great composers Praetorius, Schütz and Schedit at the Christmas Court of George I
  • Temple University Music Preparatory Division – In support of a residency  by the Jasper String Quartet for a Beethoven project with students of Temple Music Pep.
  • Tri-County Concerts Association – In support of its 74th Annual Youth Festival.

Our 2015 Career Advancement award went to Ayane Kozasa, viola.