The Musicopia String Orchestra proudly announces the launch of a multi-year initiative, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, to remove barriers for young musicians from underrepresented communities. Musicopia, as a member of the Philadelphia Musicians Alliance for Youth (PMAY), is one of ten Philadelphia-based music education partners selected to receive an unprecedented grant, with the end goal of increasing diversity in the professional classical music field.

The PMAY Artists’ Initiative prepares gifted young students of diverse backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond. The Initiative seeks to create professional opportunities for musicians from underrepresented communities in today’s orchestras by providing them with instruction, instruments, ensemble opportunities, and college/conservatory access. These students will play an important role in creating a more diverse membership in professional orchestras.

The Initiative is a collaborative project between ten Philadelphia organizations that are committed to providing all young people access to music education: Musicopia, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Play On, Philly!, Project 440, School District of Philadelphia Office of Music Education, Settlement Music School, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Primavera Fund. Overall the PMAY Artists’ Initiative will select a cohort of 75 young musicians, the first class of PMAY Artists, who eventually may change the face of classical music.

For eligibility and audition information, please click here.

To view the letter sent to MSO Parents, please click here.