Magazine article The American Organist

AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS Awarded $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Magazine article The American Organist

AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS Awarded $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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The American Guild of Organists has been awarded a 2018 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support educational programs and career development for organists, choral conductors, and composers, including the AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., July 2-6. The Guild has received regular support from the NEA since 2005. The $25,000 "Art Works" grant matches the largest amount the arts endowment has ever given to the Guild.

"This grant covers the full breadth of the AGO's educational activities for current and prospective members as well as our programs of outreach to the public," stated AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. "The AGO promotes lifelong learning opportunities ranging from Pipe Organ Encounters for beginning youth and adults to a professional certification program for organists and choral conductors. Thousands of people will benefit from educational workshops and extraordinary performances of organ and choral music at the AGO National Convention in Kansas City."

"It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the American Guild of Organists, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring."

"The NEA's funding sends an uplifting message to the entire organ community: our instrument and its music are vitally important to the American people," Thomashower added. "The award validates the AGO's ongoing efforts to ensure that music for the organ is created by talented composers, performed by skilled musicians, and appreciated by the widest audience possible. …

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