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 musical organizations in the Philadelphia region.
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Career Advancement Award
The Society also co-presents a chamber music series in partnership with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Additionally, the Society awards each year a Career Advancement Award to an especially promising young artist with local ties and a Lifetime Achievement Award to a local artist or composer who has had an extraordinary impact on the musical life of Philadelphia and the field at large.
The Musical Fund Society’s annual Career Advancement Award is one of the many ways in which MFS invests in the musical life of Philadelphia. Since 1987, this award has recognized a musician under the age of 40 who has had a meaningful connection to Philadelphia during the time he or she was developing as an artist, and whose emerging career demonstrates a high level of artistry, promise and versatility.
Many recipients have gone on to internationally acclaimed careers, including such outstanding artists as Eric Owens, Soovin Kim, Marc-André Hamelin, Marietta Simpson, and Natalie Zhu. The winner of the award receives a cash prize and is featured in a solo recital presented under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
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Lifetime Achievement Award
The Musical Fund Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual whose extensive body of work represents a significant contribution to the cultural life and musical community of the city of Philadelphia. Founded in 1820, the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia is the oldest continuing musical organization in the United States. MFS supports and enhances the rich musical life of the city and beyond through its programs and services to members, grants to nonprofit musical organizations, awards to accomplished artists, and partnerships with others in the performing arts. First bestowed in 2001, MFS’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the remarkable accomplishments of its recipients, whose places are firmly established in the musical legacy of Philadelphia.
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