Advancement Grant: Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis Institute of Music

2015
$500,000

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Curtis Symphony Orchestra on stage in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 2014. Photo by David DeBalko.

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Curtis student percussionist Won Suk Lee leads his Social Entrepreneur project—training a bucket band of fifth-graders—at Philadelphia’s Kearny Elementary School, 2014. Photo by Harris Sklar.

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Curtis Opera Theatre performing Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, 2013. Photo by Karli Cadel.

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Curtis students perform during Curtis’s Student Recital Series in Field Concert Hall, 2014. Photo by Pete Checchia.

The Curtis Institute of Music (Curtis) will design and implement a comprehensive, new curriculum that provides graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to forge effective careers within the rapidly changing classical music field. Programs will include pairing budding artists with experienced artistic, business, and marketing consultants to mentor them in developing projects from conception to completion; providing 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.