Contact: Katie Boone
Phone: (818) 433-7600
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to Education Through Music-Los Angeles for its In-School Music Education Program. This is one of 1015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.
“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like Education Through Music-Los Angeles for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
Through ETM-LA’s In-School Music Education Program, every student receives yearlong, weekly, hands-on music class. ETM-LA believes that music instruction, when integrated into the core curriculum, supports transferable skills between music and all subjects, and nurtures character development, self-esteem, and social skills. The goal of the program is to level the playing field and provide not just access to music instruction, but also provide equitable access by serving every child regardless of income, background, or ability.
ETM-LA’s In-School Music Education Program provides a solution to meet the need for quality arts education in low-income area schools, helping create systemic change to close the achievement gap. During the Safer at Home directive, ETM-LA has pivoted to continue serving students and districts by creating an extensive library of original virtual resources that grows daily, which includes music instruction, wellness, and music therapy-inspired videos. These resources are provided to school partners along with live lessons that take place through Google Classroom. This will continue until schools resume in the 2020-21 school year.
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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