The Los Angeles Philharmonic recently awarded GROW MUSIC MISSOULA with $5,000.00 as a part of Partners in Music Learning, a regranting initiative of the LA Phil’s YOLA National program, supporting creative youth development and music programs in regions across the U.S. Underwritten by an anonymous donor, this is the first regranting opportunity ever offered by the LA Philharmonic.
GROW MUSIC MISSOULA is one of 20 organizations across the U.S. to receive the Partners in Music Learning funding this year. Grant funds will support capacity building and programming, as well as increase youth access to music learning opportunities. This initiative will also build on a national music educator cohort, providing grantee organizations with a platform for shared learning and to support each other in deepening their existing programs and impact beyond the grant period.
The program was itself built in consultation with leaders and stakeholders in the youth development and music education fields, including young people. Elsje Kibler-Vermaas, Vice President of Learning at the LA Phil, said, “It was important to us to design a democratic grantmaking process. As we developed Partners in Music Learning, we worked to consider the perspectives of those the program aims to serve and will provide a platform where all participants are learning from and alongside each other.”
About YOLA National
YOLA National is an outgrowth of the LA Phil’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program, Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel’s signature initiative. YOLA National includes the YOLA National Festival (an intensive summer learning program and top-tier ensemble) and the YOLA National Symposium (a convening of key stakeholders in El Sistema-inspired programs). Through its YOLA and YOLA National initiatives, the LA Phil aims to empower young people from populations that have been historically excluded from music training and to build a community of musicians and educators committed to social justice locally, nationally, and internationally.
About the LA Phil
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.