The Phoenix Symphony is one of just 22 American orchestras to receive a first-year Getty Education and Community Investment Grant. The grant was awarded as a new and emerging work to expand the orchestra’s B-Sharp Music Wellness program, targeting the homeless population of urban Phoenix, and is recognition of the Phoenix Symphony’s innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.

Phoenix Symphony’s collaboration with two well established homeless service providers, Circle the City and the Lodestar Day Resource Center, sets the foundation for the B-Sharp Music Wellness program in addressing the needs of the homeless by providing the joy of music paired with interactive, experiential concerts and music making to support physical, emotional, cognitive and social changes for participants. Symphony musicians will perform at each facility, providing an engaging program that ranges from soothing classical strings to American jazz along with an instrument “petting zoo,” allowing participants to engage hands-on and “up-close” with a variety of instruments. Each performance sets the stage for a broad range of personal experiences within the seven elements of wellness, social/cultural, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual.

A prerequisite for qualifying orchestras was the existence of partnerships with local cultural and/or community organizations such as schools or social service providers. This year’s grants, part of a new three-year, $1.5 million re-granting program from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, will fund both new and established innovative programs.

A total of $425,000 was awarded for the first-year grants, with individual grant amounts ranging from $14,500 to $37,500 per orchestra.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com

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