Lewis Prize for Music Announces Accelerator Awards Finalists

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Lewis Prize for Music Announces Accelerator Awards Finalists

12-16-2020

The Lewis Prize for Music seeks out, honors, and supports programs they consider to be “catalysts” in the U.S. field for community-driven, high-quality music learning opportunities. The goal is to target and amplify programs that spark positive change in society. Listed among this year’s finalists is Atlanta Music Project, under the direction of Dantes Rameau and Aisha Moody; last year’s three grant recipients included Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI.

The eight finalists were selected not only for their programmatic offerings but also their “nimbleness” in adapting to the pressures of COVID, often going beyond the art and providing youth with access to technology, food, and other vital resources. These programs also demonstrated a strong focus on social and racial justice matters, fostering a sense of self-worth and leadership within their communities. Winners will be announced on January 12, 2021. Read about each of the finalists here.

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