GIFT TO EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL SUSTAINS INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES
Eastern Music Festival announces the receipt of an anonymous $300,000 gift today. The donation is designed to sustain the festival’s international engagement initiatives and provide funds for scholarships, guest artists, and international outreach/recruitment during the 2019-2022 seasons.
“From our very beginning, EMF has had a commitment to international artistic exchange,” says EMF Executive Director Chris Williams. “At times, we’ve had formal relationships and strong collaborative partnerships with institutions abroad. At other times, we’ve relied on word of mouth recruiting and goodwill. This major gift allows us, over the coming four years, to be strategic and thoughtful as we look to engage students, artists, and institutions outside of the US.”
“Our international students are tremendous assets and our foreign-based teachers are top notch.” EMF board chair Dr. Timothy W. Lane adds, “This past summer, we had 31 young artists and three faculty members from outside of the country. The students learn a little about America and a lot about music while here. They are also sharing cultural and artistic ideas with our US-born students. All of us benefit.”
Anonymous gift provides $300,000 in funding for strategic engagement at EMF
This gift, to be realized in equal $75,000 installments over the coming four years, is flexible by design. Each year, the festival plans to use most of the funds for scholarship and student travel expenses. Some funds will be set aside for international marketing projects and some will be reserved for “opportunities” unforeseen. “Maybe one year we’ll be able to welcome a distinguished guest artist or clinician and the next we’ll be able to send one of our faculty members abroad on a recital or recruiting trip,” Dr. Lane suggests.
For almost six decades, Eastern Music Festival has been produced each summer on the campus of Guilford College, UNCG and other venues in the Greensboro area. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned visiting artists. A powerful teaching institution, EMF provides encouragement and guidance to over 225 young musicians from across the country and around the globe as they take their first steps towards careers in the performing arts. During EMF’s five-week annual festival, the festival presents more than 65 concerts under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. In addition, 30-plus outreach performances are performed throughout the region.
EMF provides more than $350,000 in annual scholarship support to deserving and talented students each year, employs more than 100 musicians and support staff each season, and enlivens the Greensboro and Triad community through its performances and outreach activities.
Eastern Music Festival’s mission is to promote musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation and diversity through a nationally recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts and other programs which will enhance the quality of life, health and vitality of our region.
EMF is a 501c3 governed by a volunteer board of 25 directors and managed by a professional staff of five.
Want to Give
Go to www.easternmusicfestival.org/xxx, call 336-333-7450 or send your check to: EMF, P.O. Box 22026, Greensboro, NC 27401.