Boston Symphony and Boston Lyric Opera Receive Large Audience-Building Grants From Wallace Foundation

Classic Arts News   Boston Symphony and Boston Lyric Opera Receive Large Audience-Building Grants From Wallace Foundation
 
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $1.1 million challenge grant for its endowment from the Wallace Foundation. Boston Lyric Opera will receive a $500,000 program grant from the same institution.

The Wallace Foundation's Excellence Awards, announced last week, were given "in recognition of [recipients'] commitment to community and audience building activities." The BSO and Boston Lyric were among seven Boston arts organizations given the grants; the others were the Museum of Fine Arts (which also receives a $1.1 million challenge grant), From the Top, the Huntington Theater, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. With its award, the BSO will enhance and expand Internet-based marketing and education — including the orchestra's Online Conservatory — and online distribution of recorded music.

Boston Lyric Opera will receive $500,000 over five years to expand family programming to attract new adult audiences as well as younger operagoers.

The Wallace Foundation is an independent, New York-based national foundation dedicated to strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement; enhancing out-of-school learning opportunities and building appreciation and demand for the arts.


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