The Lewis Prize for Music has announced awards totaling more than $2 million to eight youth development organizations in support of efforts to provide young people with music education, strengthen their communities, and put music at the center of efforts to advance racial equity.
Recipients of multiyear, $500,000 Accelerator Awards include Philadelphia-based Beyond the Bars, a student-driven music and career-skills program dedicated to interrupting the cycle of violence and incarceration; Boston-based Hyde Square Task Force, which integrates civic engagement instruction for young people into Afro-Latin dance, music, and theater traditions; the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, which is working to empower young people to create high-quality, professional-level performances of theater and music; and the St. Louis Story Stitchers, which brings together professional artists and minority youth to create social change, with a focus on the prevention of gun violence.
The organization's 2021 Infusion Awards will provide awardees with grants of $50,000 to create new musical platforms and pathways in their communities. Recipients include the Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED) in Louisville, the Atlanta Music Project, and Women's Audio Mission in San Francisco. In addition, We Are Culture Creators in Detroit was selected to receive the 2021 Catalyst Award, which honors a leader or program that has demonstrated impressive impact with a grant of $25,000.
"I am inspired by these leaders and organizations for all they do to put music at the center of young people's personal development," said Lewis Prize for Music founder and chair Daniel R. Lewis. "Our awardees and the entire Creative Youth Development field have expanded their efforts amidst the challenges of 2020 to meet the creative, material, and well-being needs of young people and families. To recognize this unique impact and dedication, we have chosen to expand to four Accelerator Awards."
(Photo credit: Atlanta Music Project)