FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katie Moskovciak
Phone: (818) 433-7600
LOS ANGELES, CA – On September 28, 2023, Education Through Music-LA (ETM-LA) was selected to receive a grant award from LA2050 for the second consecutive year. The LA2050 Grants Challenge received a record of 615 submissions this year, with 42 organizations being awarded (LA2050 Press Release). The movement of LA2050 was started by the Goldhirsh Foundation in collaboration with tens of thousands of Angelenos with the goal “to make Los Angeles the best place to connect, create, learn, live, and play” by the year 2050 (la2050.org). The Grant Challenge utilizes an online voting system where people browse and vote on what organizations and issues they believe would help further the mission of LA2050. This year, in honor of a decade of grant giving, LA2050 held 12 in-person pop-up voting experiences at beloved locations throughout Los Angeles, including Dodger Stadium, Randy’s Donuts, and Griffith Park Observatory.
ETM-LA’s award comes from the John N. Calley Foundation whose mission is to “create opportunities for unrecognized, talented youth” (Calley Foundation). Local and state government officials were on hand at the awards ceremony to congratulate the winners. Speaking about the vital work of nonprofits and partnerships, Los Angeles City Councilmember (District 1) Eunisses Hernandez shared, “I thank them for the tireless work they do day-in and day-out to make Los Angeles a more equitable and vibrant city for all; bureaucracy doesn’t get it right without community.” Senator Anthony Portantino (CA’s 25th District) expressed gratitude to all the organizations and the hope they give communities, adding that “there is no limit on optimism or positive thinking.”
“We are so honored to be an LA2050 grantee again this year. Our vision for the future of LA is that all students – our leaders of today and tomorrow – can thrive. LA2050 and the John N. Calley Foundation are helping further equity and access for all youth to receive comprehensive music and arts learning as part of a well-rounded STEAM education,” says ETM-LA Executive Director Victoria Lanier.
ETM-LA partners with under-resourced school communities across Los Angeles County to provide sequential, comprehensive in-school music education. In 2023-24, we are reaching a planned 19,000 students at 40 schools, nurturing students’ creative and overall development, as well as academic achievement.
Since the first Grants Challenge in 2013, LA2050 has awarded more than $10 million to 117 organizations, making a significant impact on organizations working to better Los Angeles. ETM-LA congratulates all of this year’s grantees and looks forward to working collaboratively toward a better LA.
View the winners of the 2023 LA2050 Grants Challenge here.
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Education Through Music-Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and promote music in under-resourced schools as part of the core curriculum for every child in order to enhance students’ academic achievement, creativity, and overall development.
For more information: www.etmla.org