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Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Receives $90,000 Grant

Representatives of The Clowes Fund recently announced that Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) will receive a three-year $90,000 grant to support its SYSO-in-the-Schools program. Developed in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the program expands Seattle's elementary and middle school instrumental music programs and provides information on the benefits of participatory instrumental music education programs.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras will receive $90,000 over three years to continue the instrumental music programs established in elementary schools and at Denny International Middle School in Seattle. This project was initiated three years ago through a $500,000 Excellence Award from the Wallace Foundation. The Clowes Fund support ensures program sustainability after the term of this award so that students in local schools continue to benefit from instrumental music lessons, peer-to-peer mentoring, public performances and community and parental engagement.

The goal of the SYSO-in-the-Schools program is to harness the resources of Seattle Youth Symphony to address the inequitable distribution of instrumental music instruction in Seattle Public Schools and to create vibrant, self-sustaining orchestral music programs at elementary through high school levels. Success of the program is evidenced by the fact that, in its first year, student participation in instrumental music programs in these schools increased by 40 percent.

To learn more about SYSO-in-the-Schools, visit www.syso.org/outreach/endangered_instr.html.

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