The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is among the Detroit arts groups receiving grants to support expansion of their digital work.

“The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced this week a sweeping round of grants totaling $23 million, all devoted toward the digital future of the arts in Detroit,” writes Duante Beddingfield in Tuesday’s (2/7) Detroit Free Press. “The investment includes multiyear grants to 10 Detroit arts organizations as well as three fellowship, commissioning and technical capacity-building programs. This is Knight’s fourth such investment since 2005, bringing the foundation’s overall commitment to Detroit’s arts sector to $50.75 million. With an eye toward the arts being key to Detroit’s future, Knight is making a five-year investment to 10 grantees whose work represents a broad spectrum within the arts. Each awardee has a history of tapping into technology to increase its audience reach and overall accessibility to art…. Sphinx Organization will foster increased participation of performing artists of color in classical music. The Arab American National Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Opera will use the funds for strategic planning, digital content creation, marketing and investment in tech-related personnel, expanding their current digital presences.”