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Nashville Symphony Lands Nearly $1 Million To Support Underserved Students

Mike Lawson • Uncategorized • January 19, 2016

The Nashville Symphony has received a $959,000 grant to fund its new music education program for underrepresented students. 

The grant from the Mellon Foundation means the symphony won’t have to raise as much money independently for its Accelerando initiative.

Walter Bitner oversees education and community engagement. “It’s a very big deal,” he says. “This grant will provide 75 percent of the funding for us to do this program for the next six years.”

The goal of the Accelerando program is to train students from diverse cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds to become professional musicians.

Starting in middle school, the students will receive year-round music lessons, training at a summer camp and free tickets to the symphony. Accelerando will also pay for travel when they audition for college music programs.

The symphony is accepting six middle school students this year. Auditions for the program are in March, and the symphony is holding informational sessions starting at the end of January.

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