Trenton, NJ – Young string players in Trenton who have been working hard together, three and four days per week, have yet another reason to feel proud.
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute announced today that it has awarded Trenton Music Makers, the intensive music and youth development program that has been growing rapidly over the past four years in Trenton, with $30,000 in grant funding and membership in PlayUSA for 2019-20. PlayUSA supports a wide range of instrumental music education projects across the country that are designed to engage students from low-income and underserved communities. The network of PlayUSA organizations shares successes and best teaching practices, and receives training from Carnegie Hall staff for its teaching artists and leaders. For its fifth anniversary year, Carnegie Hall has selected 17 organizations from 15 different states, for a total of $500,000 in grants.
“For us, being chosen as Carnegie Hall PlayUSA partners is more than an honor,” says Trenton Music Makers Artistic Director, Lydia Veilleux. “This means access to some of the best thinking in the field of Creative Youth Development, and learning resources for our teaching artists that will then provide immeasurable benefit to our players.”
Modeled on the acclaimed El Sistema youth orchestras founded in Venezuela, participation in the Trenton Music Makers Orchestra is available to students in grades 2-12 at no charge, but with a deep time commitment. Orchestra rehearsals, studio-based sectionals, and string instruments are provided to its students, along with leadership training and performance opportunities that highlight their natural role as assets to their community.