May 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sara King Cole, Marketing Director, direct line: 541-690-3849
MEDFORD, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the receipt of a $15,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation to support upcoming artist residencies in schools in Jackson and Josephine Counties. The residencies will include a variety of musicians, and will range in scope and length. All school visits will be provided at no cost to the schools.
The grant includes an award from the Campagna Family Fund ($1000) and the Evelyn Nye Cultural and Scholarship Fund ($14,000) of the Oregon Community Foundation.
Britt Director of Education Kay Hilton says, “We are incredibly grateful that the OCF has chosen to support the expansion of our in-school residency program. Connecting students with professional teaching musicians during the school year is one of the most valuable music education services Britt can provide. The financial support of OCF and other funders is crucial to the continued development of this program.”
In the 2015-16 school year, Britt sent seven ensembles into elementary, middle and high schools in Jackson and Josephine Counties, as part of an expanded effort to give schools and students an opportunity to connect with professional musicians. The in-school artist residencies for the new school year will be announced at a later date.
Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit www.brittfest.org.