Curtis Symphony Orchestra on stage in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 2014. Photo by David DeBalko.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded an Advancement grant of $500,000 to the Curtis Institute of Music (Curtis) to support the design and implementation of a new curriculum that provides graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to forge effective careers within the rapidly changing classical music field, including coaching in how to produce, promote, and present their own music in innovative ways.
Programs will include pairing budding artists with experienced artistic, business, and marketing consultants to mentor them in developing projects from conception to completion; providing Curtis students access to a state-of-the-art audio and video recording studio to provide hands-on experience in self-producing and promoting their work across various digital platforms; and offering yearlong fellowships designed to place Curtis students in local organizations where they can gain practical, firsthand knowledge of the organizational issues facing the nonprofit sector today.
Advancement grants, which the Center established in 2014, are multi-year investments designed to support bold organizational initiatives that are led by exemplary arts and culture organizations in the greater Philadelphia region. These grants support the direct costs of programming and related infrastructure needs to help organizations further their missions and strengthen their sustainability.