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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Receives $100,000 Grant From the Mellon Foundation

The grant will support arts programming for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

August 20, 2021. Rochester, N.Y. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra today announced that they are the recipient of a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support free arts programming for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

The grant, awarded through the Foundation’s Public Affairs program, will support a pilot care and wellness program for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, their families and caregivers. The grant also supports training for the musicians who will work with these constituencies.

The one-and-a-half-year project will encompass ten ensemble visits to care facilities, and ten open rehearsals through December, 2022. Ensemble visits of smaller groups from the orchestra such as trios, quartets, and quintets will bring RPO musicians out of the concert hall and into senior homes, hospitals, and specialized memory care facilities. This allows for a more intimate connection in an environment that is comfortable for residents, patients, and their caregivers.

Open rehearsals will afford the opportunity for individuals with neurodegenerative diseases to enjoy live orchestral music in the RPO’s beautiful home, Kodak Hall. These daytime events allow for a stress-free experience, avoiding the audience and logistics associated with attending a scheduled performance.

This grant allows the RPO to build upon previous efforts and create a regular, expanded slate of accessible programming. Following the pilot program, the orchestra hopes to expand the initiative to include a broader range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders, complex genetic diseases, PTSD, and more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]