Lewis Prize Awards $1.25 Million in COVID-19 Relief to CYD Orgs

The Lewis Prize for Music recently announced the recipients of its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. A total of $1.25 million will be awarded to 32 Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations across the U.S. that have adapted and responded to the pressing needs of the young people they serve amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recipients, below, include numerous members of the National Guild community:

  • 317 Main Community Music Center (Yarmouth, ME)
  • A Place Called Home (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Beyond the Bars (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Beyond the Natural (Baltimore, MD)
  • Cambridge Community Center (Cambridge, MA)
  • Center of Life (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Crescendo Detroit (Detroit, MI)
  • Enriching Lives Through Music (San Rafael, CA)
  • FAME - Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education (Bowie, MD)
  • Hyde Square Task Force (Jamaica Plain, MA)
  • Memphis Music Initiative (Memphis, TN)
  • MEOW Cares, Inc. (Montgomery, AL)
  • Music Beyond Measure (Montclair, NJ)
  • Neutral Zone (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • New City Kids (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Pico Youth & Family Center (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Play on Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
  • ROCA Music Program (Brownsville, TX)
  • RYSE Youth Center (Richmond, CA)
  • Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective (St. Louis, MO)
  • Stax Music Academy (Memphis, TN)
  • Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (Flint, MI)
  • The Choir School of Delaware (Wilmington, DE)
  • The Heartbeat Music Project (Crownpoint, NM)
  • The HUBB (Newark, NJ)
  • The Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Inc. (Augusta, GA)
  • The TETRA (Detroit, MI)
  • White Hall Arts Academy (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Youth Empowerment Project (New Orleans, LA)
  • Youth on Record (Denver, CO)
  • YR Media (Oakland, CA)
  • ZUMIX (East Boston, MA)

“Access to music enriches the social fabric of our lives,” said Daniel Lewis, Founder and Chairman of the Lewis Prize for Music. “The organizations and leaders we have chosen to support in these times play a critical role in the lives and communities of the young people they support. In the face of unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and racial injustice across the country, Creative Youth Development organizations are devoting all of their resources to uplift both the creative and material well-being of young people and their families. We are thrilled to support these organizations and be an advocate for the entire Creative Youth Development field.”

Learn more here.

Published: July 20, 2020