By Howard Pousner
The Atlanta Music Project, a non-profit that provides intense music education for at-risk children, has received a grant of $122,801 from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
The Widening the Stage grant is one of only six awarded by the Virginia-based foundation to youth music programs across the country. Renewable annually for the next three years, the grants are intended to increase advanced instruction and performance opportunities for talented, low-income students, ages 8 to 18.
The largest grant ever to the Atlanta Music Project will be used to create the Exceptional Student Program, which will provide the best resources to the 20 most advanced AMP students to further develop their musical abilities.
The program will offer, free-of-charge, instruments, weekly private lessons from AMP’s teaching artists, master classes, public recitals and chamber music concerts, according to a Cooke Foundation release.
“With this grant, we can begin an