Great big grant for LA Master Chorale

Don’t worry… their artistic director (the other Grant) isn’t going anywhere. But the Los Angeles Master Chorale announced today that they’ve received a huge piece of funding from the Perenchio Foundation, which has been quite busy supporting SoCal arts orgs this week.

Congrats also go to MUSE/IQUE, Los Angeles Music and Art School, Street Symphony Project and more for receiving their own sizable grants from the same funder! See the full list here

This is the largest single gift in the history of the Chorale, and while it will be spread across multiple years, it will do much to further their work in choral music and outreach. So many funders place restrictions on their gifts, expecting operating expenses to be covered by other donors and/or other sources. Grants like this, which can be used for the significant day-to-day costs incurred by an organization of this size, are therefore particularly valuable, and what Perenchio is doing for LA County organizations is much appreciated. Please do see the rather insightful explanation in the release’s second paragraph below. At this point post-COVID, thoughtful funding like this is even more welcome, as it will help grantees not only recover, but grow.

In the featured photo at the top of this post, we throw the spotlight on the “village” that has brought this together for the LA Master Chorale: Top: Chorale members performing in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, then L to R: Grant Gershon (Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director), Jean Davidson (LAMC President & CEO), Stephania Ramirez (Perenchio Foundation Executive Director), Jenny Wong (Associate Conductor), Philip A. Swan (Chair of the LAMC Board of Directors), and Reena Esmail (Swan Family Artist-in-Residence). Congratulations, everyone!

More about LAMC’s grant are in the press release below.


GRANT GERSHON, KIKI & DAVID GINDLER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE RECEIVES $2,550,000 GRANT FROM THE PERENCHIO FOUNDATION

LOS ANGELES (Thursday, November 10, 2022) – The Los Angeles Master Chorale,  the country’s preeminent professional choir led by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, received a $2,550,000 multi-year operating support grant from The Perenchio Foundation, the largest gift in the organization’s 58-year history.

The Perenchio Foundation’s multi-year operating support grants help arts organizations across Los Angeles County build their capacity and resilience. Through significant unrestricted grants, small and mid-sized organizations get the support they need to strengthen their infrastructure, expand their ability to serve communities, and create impactful experiences for current and future generations. The Perenchio Foundation’s 2022 grantees play a vital role in their community. They serve historically under-resourced communities, aspire to excellence, and drive toward organizational sustainability.

“The Los Angeles Master Chorale is profoundly grateful to The Perenchio Foundation for this transformational gift that comes during a critical period, as our existing COVID-19 emergency and relief funding is decreasing gradually,” said Jean Davidson, President and CEO, Los Angeles Master Chorale. “The Chorale and most arts organizations are still working toward post-pandemic recovery while advancing future plans, and this gift ensures the Master Chorale will have the capacity to share the joy and power of choral singing with the widest possible audience, today and into the future.”

“These grants are LA-based and for LA,” Perenchio Foundation Executive Director Stephania Ramirez said. “We know that our local arts organizations enrich our lives, drive our economy, and create new opportunities for our communities. We are honored to partner with these vital organizations to help them build their strength and sustainability for the long term.”

The Perenchio Foundation is a private foundation established by the late A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio. The Perenchio Foundation believes that arts play an essential role in building more equitable, culturally vibrant, and inclusive communities, and is guided by a commitment to create a positive, lasting impact in the Los Angeles region through the arts. Learn more at www.perenchiofoundation.org.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE

ABOUT GRANT GERSHON, KIKI & DAVID GINDLER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ABOUT JEAN DAVIDSON, PRESIDENT & CEO

ABOUT JENNY WONG, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

ABOUT REENA ESMAIL, SWAN FAMILY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

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