The William Penn Foundation grant funding will allow TUP to expand its program to reach 30 additional students, with a total of 250, by 2018. It will provide for increased teaching artist training and professional development, more group performance opportunities including the continuation of the TUP Saturday Orchestra program and implementation of program evaluation. This grant support will better allow TUP to continue to build students’ musical talent, and expand their life skills and academic achievement, using music to open doors to new opportunities.
Scaglione is thrilled to have the support of the William Penn Foundation. He said, “This is the first grant that the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization has received from The William Penn Foundation. We are honored to join numerous arts organizations and enriching educational programs throughout Philadelphia in receiving such important and highly impactful support.”
Tune Up Philly offers a differentiated musical curriculum that was created to meet the specific needs of students living in challenging social and economic conditions, with a focus on effecting meaningful community change. The program offers children in underserved communities an opportunity to learn and perform orchestral music and make a true difference within their communities, both through the use of music and through a purposeful connection with others.
The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grant totaling over $1.6 billion.
About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:
Now in its 77th year, training tomorrow’s leaders, the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, led by President and Music Director, Maestro Louis Scaglione, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected community music education and youth orchestra performance programs, providing talented young musicians from across the tri-state area with exceptional musical training. Students go on to excel in many diverse fields, and it is with pride that Philadelphia Youth Orchestra notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni.