Bravo! Festival Awarded Education Grant for 2011 Season

Bravo Receives National Endowment for the Arts, Access to Artistic Excellence Award

The Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival was awarded $12,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) with a 2011 grant award: Access to Artistic Excellence.

The grant will support Bravo's 2011 efforts to expand and diversify music opportunities and education programs including community outreach concerts, open rehearsals, public workshops, the Young Professionals-in-Residence, and the Music Matters education programs. This is Bravo's eighth year as a recipient of an award from the NEA. "We are honored to receive this level of recognition and support from the NEA," says John Giovando, executive director of the Bravo Festival. "This grant is an investment in Bravo and the Vail Valley as the funds will support our mission to foster family and community unity through increasing awareness and appreciation for classical music and the arts."

A total of four Colorado Festivals were awarded this national grant including the Aspen Music Festival, Greeley Jazz Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

The NEA, established in 1965, supports artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the United States.

Celebrating 24 seasons June 26 through August 3, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Big Music for Little Bands, under the direction of newly appointed artistic director and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.


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