It is our great pleasure to announce that the Newport String Project has received a grant of $25,000 from the Prince Charitable Trusts. In 2011, the Prince Charitable Trusts commissioned a feasibility study from Community MusicWorks that explored what an after-school music education program serving low-income families might look like in Newport, RI. The research was conducted over a six month period by Community MusicWorks Fellows (Ariana Falk, Robin Gilbert, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin), during which we met with many leaders in the Newport community who had invaluable insights to share into the landscape of Newport and where the needs might lie.
With the initial momentum gained from that work, the plan for a pilot year for the Newport String Project was developed. We are delighted that the partnership with the Prince Charitable Trusts continues and will provide us with vital support in getting the program off the ground!