In Sunday’s (8/9) Birmingham News (Alabama), Michael Huebner writes, “The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is one of 64 orchestras nationwide to receive Economic Recovery Grants, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. $2.6 million, part of $50 million in economic stimulus funding administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, will be doled out in chunks of either $25,000 or $50,000, to ‘fuel local economies, attract new business development, spark the imaginations of young people, and, through the power of music, unite individuals and cultures in times of challenge as well as celebration,’ noted Jesse Rosen, CEO of the League of American Orchestras. More specifically, ASO will use the $50,000 award to fund its education and community engagement staff, which was expanded last year. ‘The stimulus funds are helping us keep these positions,’ said ASO Executive Director Curt Long. ‘We have already committed to some expansions of previous education programming levels and are actively seeking funding that would support sending musicians into classrooms.’ ”

Posted August 10, 2009