Gateways Music Festival receives $300K grant

Gateways Music Festival, in association with Eastman School of Music, recently received a $300,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Gateways, whose mission is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent, will use the grant to strengthen its administrative and programmatic activities, helping to ensure the organization’s long-term viability and sustainability.

The festival was volunteer-led and operated during much of its 24-year history. It added its first paid staff position in July 2016 with the appointment of Lee Koonce as president and artistic director as well as senior adviser to the dean of Eastman School of Music.

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