Investing in the musical life and legacy of Philadelphia

2021 Grantees

The Musical Fund Society granted $60,000 to 12 organizations for projects in the 2020–21 season.

Dolce Suono Ensemble"International Women Composers" is a mini-festival with performances taking place on the DSE Presents concert series in Philadelphia, two performance/masterclass/talkback events as part of DSE's "Fall for Chamber Music" engagement initiative at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a DSE partnership visit to The Masterman School. Through compelling programming, the celebrated ensemble invites the community to take a global view of the contributions of women.$6,000
Astral ArtistsYoung At Art will create a collaborative, open, and inclusive space for Astral artists and members of the Play On Philly Symphony Orchestra to learn and then perform together for under-served audiences, advancing the message that classical music is a living art form meant to be performed and experienced in person and with others. Young At Art will consist of four mentoring visits and working rehearsals and two free, family-friendly, community-focused concert performances to take place in March 2021 at venues in under-resourced Philadelphia neighborhoods. $6,000
Mann Center for Performing ArtsThe Mann Center’s All City Orchestra Summer Academy (ACOSA) will bring Philadelphia-area students to the Mann Center’s West Parkside campus for a one-of-a-kind, two-week summer learning academy, completely free of charge. $6,000
PRISM QuartetPRISM Quartet and Network for New Music will record Robert Capanna’s 18-minute “Piccolo Concertante” (2016) for saxophone quartet and wind quintet. The work will be included on Stratigraphy, a commercial release on PRISM’s label, XAS Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos).$6,000
Temple Music PrepCommission of double string orchestra work by Icelandic composer Snorri Sigfús Birgisson for joint performances by Temple Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Tonskoli Sigursveins D. Kristissonar . Premier to take place in Reykjavik in June, 2021, with subsequent performances in Philadelphia and Reykjavik during each exchange visit. $6,000
Curtis Institute of MusicCurtis and the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to addressing diversity in the arts, will partner in June 2020 to bring the Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest to Philadelphia for its third consecutive summer. This full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program is designed for Black and Latinx string players between the ages of 11 to 17. $5,000
Network for New MusicNetwork for New Music will premiere "Love Stories", a community opera created in collaboration with 5 Philadelphia composers using family-friendly stories about love from the residents of Germantown and performed on Valentine's Day (Sunday, February 14 2021) at the Joseph E. Coleman Library. $5,000
Variant SixVariant 6 will record their 2019 commission for voices and electronics, Fall and Decline, by composer Gregory W Brown, to be released on the PARMA record label. This work sets texts by a wide range of authors including a 12th century Persian philosopher and a contemporary poet in an exploration of how civilizations both in the past and in the present must all face inevitable decline. $4,000
Bowerbird"Coming Together" is a special concert featuring the music of Frederic Rzewski that will take place in the Spring 2021. The concert will include performances by Frederic Rzewski, Camae Ayewa, and Arcana New Music Ensemble.$4,800
Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONSChamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS (COFE) will present two programs in 2020-21 juxtaposing rarely played masterpieces by Philadelphians with the earlier works that provided models and inspired them. Both programs will be presented in Philadelphia at Trinity Center, one of them also at Swarthmore College, the other at Haverford College. All concerts will be free and open to the public.$4,800
Intercultural JourneysWhen I Sing, a first-time collaboration between Intercultural Journeys (IJ) and Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG), is a collaborative musical and spoken word work sparked by the voice and legacy of Philadelphia icon Marian Anderson. $3,200
Piffaro"La Serenissima: Venice Before Monteverdi," kicks off The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' festival, Monteverdi and his World. The program centers around six feasts calling for special music throughout the calendar year in Venice, highlighting the great liturgical feasts that occurred at San Marco, backdrop for Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. $3,200