Empire State Youth Orchestras believes in the power of music to transform lives for the better. To that end, it has long believed no talented, young musician should be denied access to the Empire State Youth Orchestras’ programs because of financial hardship.
This season, 28 musicians were awarded financial assistance to help defray the cost of tuition for one of ESYO’s 10 performing ensembles. The average size of an award was $500 with a total of $12,744 being granted.
Half of the funding for these awards came from a $6,000 grant to ESYO from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. This is the third time the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has provided a grant of this size for ESYO’s tuition assistance program. Additional funds came from individual donors.
“Although ESYO intentionally keeps its tuition low to provide access to its program for as many children as possible, there are families to whom tuition presents a financial challenge,” said Executive Director Rebecca Calos. “Donations from the community and charitable organizations such as the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust help remove barriers to participation, for which ESYO is very grateful.”