The Presser Foundation announces a change in the due date for Capital Support Proposals. In order to accommodate a site visit, The Presser Foundation requests that Proposals for Capital Support be submitted by February 1st. This change has been posted on The Presser Foundation website and will be communicated by staff to potential grantees.
If you have any questions related to this grant making area or this change of date, please contact a member of staff.
October 28, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Presser Foundation announces the selection of Dr. E. Douglas Bomberger to write a full-length research article on the life and work of The Foundation’s benefactor, Theodore Presser.
The Trustees put forth a request for proposals for a full-length research article to provide a better understanding of Mr. Presser’s background, influences, and accomplishments in relation to the events and ideas of his time and place. Dr. Bomberger, chosen amongst a pool of thirteen applicants to receive a $35,000 grant, will complete extensive research. It is the hope of the Trustees that the article will be published in a suitable academic or professional journal.
Peter Burwasser, Trustee and Chair of the Sub-Committee to select the scholar noted, “The Presser Foundation looks forward to the first major biography of Theodore Presser with great anticipation and excitement. Dr. Bomberger’s winning proposal for this project demonstrated superb research capabilities, enthusiasm about the subject, and a fine, lively writing style. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands.”
About Dr. E. Douglas Bomberger
Dr. Bomberger, Chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Elizabethtown College, is a leading expert on nineteenth-century American music. He is the author of MacDowell (Oxford, 2013) and served as senior editor for nineteenth-century music for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition. He holds a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Maryland-College Park and an MM in piano performance from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Before accepting the chairmanship of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Elizabethtown College in 2005, Dr. Bomberger taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for eleven years.
About The Presser Foundation
The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser. It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy. The Presser Foundation supports music performance and education through undergraduate and graduate scholar awards, operating and program support for music organizations, capital grants for music building projects, and assistance to retired music teachers. Much of the grant making focus of the Foundation is on organizations and institutions in the 100-mile radius surrounding Center City Philadelphia. For more information: www.presserfoundation.org
The Presser Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on music education and advancement that awards approximately $3 million a year ($2 million locally), has recently taken steps to modernize and boost its transparency.
…Before his death, Presser himself outlined the Foundation’s five areas of grantmaking. He also established the Mount Airy-based Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers.
Two years ago, however, in recognition of the “changing times,” the Foundation’s trustees took a harder look at their operations, including ways to modernize, cut costs, and divert more charitable dollars directly to grantmaking.
Read more of the article on generocity.org here.
THE PRESSER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD TRUSTEES
August 1, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The Presser Foundation announces the following Trustees elected for a 3-year term. The new board members were installed as of June 19, 2014. Their terms will last through June 30, 2017.
Martin A. Heckscher
Radclyffe F. Thompson
Robert Capanna, President of the Board of Trustees of The Presser Foundation noted, “Serving on the board of a thriving foundation like The Presser Foundation requires dedication, time, and a commitment to music philanthropy. We are incredibly grateful for the service of Michael, Martin, Radclyffe (Mike), and Jeff for providing their time and talents to strengthening our organization.”
Michael Stairs is organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has held the Buck Chair in Music at The Haverford School in Haverford, PA. Mr. Stairs earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and holds an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. For many years he was an assistant organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ and now serves on the Executive Board of Friends of the Wanamaker Organ. Michael is also a member of the Philadelphia Organ Quartet, which performed on four Allen instruments at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Philadelphia. A much sought-after recitalist and educational consultant, Mr. Stairs has made numerous recordings, including several on the famed Longwood Gardens organ. Michael serves on the boards of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ and The Garrigues Foundation in addition to The Presser Foundation where he chairs the Advancement Committee.
Martin A. Heckscher was an associate and then partner at the Philadelphia law firm of Duane Morris & Heckscher from 1959 to 1994. The only interruption to this affiliation was a 2.5-year stint as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia from 1966 to 1968. Since 1994 Mr. Heckscher has been a partner at Heckscher Teillon Terrill & Sager in Conshohocken. Mr. Heckscher was a co-founder, board member and president of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia from approximately 1976 to 1988. He has served on numerous nonprofit and for profit boards in addition to The Presser Foundation including: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, Pennsylvania Hospital and PSFS. Mr. Heckscher was a trustee of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation.
Radclyffe F. Thompson is a Senior Business Development Consultant of Pennsylvania Trust, specializing in trust sales. He has over 30 years of experience in new business development and estate planning at Pennsylvania Trust and in the trust divisions of The Bryn Mawr Trust Company and Provident National Bank. Mr. Thompson is on the board of The Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts, and the Development Committees of Saunders House/Bryn Mawr Terrace Nursing Homes and The Singing City Choir in addition to his service at The Presser Foundation where he chairs the Assistance Committee. He is a board member and treasurer of The Free Quaker Society and is on the Stewardship and Finance Committees for the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr.
Jeffrey Cornelius served as a member of Temple University’s music faculty from 1972 to 2012. As Professor of Choral Music, he taught in the Choral Department and conducted the University Singers. Dr. Cornelius served as Dean of Temple’s Boyer College of Music from 1993 to 2001. He holds degrees from King College, Westminster Choir College, and Temple University, where he was a student of Robert Page. Active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and lecturer, he is past president of the ACDA of Pennsylvania. Guest conducting has included all-state, regional, district, and other festival choruses, in addition to preparing Temple’s choirs for performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has authored numerous articles and papers; has served on accreditation review teams for colleges and universities around the nation; and has served as board- or panel-member of many cultural organizations in addition to The Presser Foundation where he serves as chair of the Capital Support Committee, including The Musical Fund Society, the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
THE PRESSER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF AND 75TH ANNIVERSARY GRANTS
July 1, 2014 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The Presser Foundation announced the retirement of Executive Director Mariel Frank on June 30, 2014, after a 30-year tenure of outstanding service to the Foundation and the musical community it supports.
The Foundation appointed Teresa Araco Rodgers as the new executive of the Foundation starting July 1. Rodgers, who earned a Master’s Degree and a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, has been working with the Foundation for the past two years implementing an on-line grant management system and other technological upgrades. She will be assisted by Janine Baschoff, a non-profit veteran with a special interest in financial management and planning, who will assume the role of Grants Manager.
“Teresa brings a strong business background balanced with a solid understanding of the nonprofit world and charitable giving strategies focused on impact”, said Robert Capanna, President of the Foundation Board. “We have every confidence that Teresa and Janine will help us effectively support music performance and education throughout the region.”
The Foundation also announced a one-time round of grants totaling $350,000 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in celebration of the Foundation’s 75th Anniversary for special programs celebrating and highlighting the role of Philadelphia-born or based composers and performers in the development of American concert music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In addition, the Foundation is soliciting proposals for a full-length research article on the life & work of Theodore Presser, due October 1, 2014.
The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser. It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy. The Presser Foundation supports music performance and education through undergraduate and graduate scholar awards, operating and program support for music organizations, capital grants for music building projects, and assistance to retired music teachers. Much of the grant making focus of the Foundation is on organizations and institutions in the 100-mile radius surrounding Center City Philadelphia. The Foundation offices are now located at Friends Center at 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia.
75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL PROJECT GRANTS
Choral Arts Philadelphia – The O Antiphons: A Philadelphia Composer “Songbook” (2014-15)
counter)induction – Listening In: George Crumb at 85 (2014-15)
Curtis Institute of Music – Jennifer Higdon Viola Concerto Commission (2014-15)
LiveConnections – The New Sound of Philadelphia: Boundary Crossing World Premieres By Philly Composers for Philly Artists (2014-16)
Lyric Fest – Composer in Residence Program (2014-15)
Network for New Music – Vincent Persichetti Centennial (2014-15)
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra – PYO’s Diamond Jubilee Concert Dedicated to The Presser Foundation for its 75th Anniversary (2014-15)
PRISM Quartet, Inc. – Philadelphia Story (2014-16)
Sister Cities Girlchoir – Marian Anderson Tribute Concert (2015-16)
Symphony In C & Astral Artists – Beyond Barber: Composing Philadelphia (2015-16)
The Philadelphia Orchestra – Philadelphia Commission II Micro-Festival (2015-16)
The Presser Foundation 75th Anniversary Philadelphia-Focused
Special Project Grant Announcement
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Presser Foundation (The Foundation), which was formally established in 1939 under various Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser, the Trustees invite eligible institutions to submit proposals to be considered to receive financial support for special projects that will especially celebrate and highlight the role of Philadelphia-born or -based composers and performers in the development of American concert music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The Foundation is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy. It has a rich history of grant making because of the vision and guidance of Theodore Presser and because of the work of numerous Trustees over the years. The focus of the projects on Philadelphia-born or –based composers and performers honors the quality and influence of those musical artists who called Philadelphia home. Philadelphia has a vibrant and well-documented music heritage and the city’s musical institutions have played leading roles in the development of American concert music.
“The Special Projects Committee is delighted to celebrate The Presser Foundation’s 75th Anniversary by remembering its founder, Theodore Presser, and offering this exciting opportunity to Greater Philadelphia Area music organizations to showcase Philadelphia composers and performers over the next three seasons.” Vera Wilson, Chairperson of the Special Projects Committee of The Foundation.
The Special Projects Committee will consider grant requests in the spring of 2014 (proposals due May 1, 2014) for projects that will take place during the 2014-15, 2015-16 and/or 2016-17 seasons. Activities that are a regular, continuing part of an organization’s operation will not be considered for this special project funding. Non-profit, 501(c)(3) music performance, music presenting or music educational organizations or a consortium of non-profit organizations led by a music organization are eligible to apply. Multi-year requests will be considered and should be submitted for projects that are greater than a year in duration.
Grants will be made with preference to organizations that are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia. The original/first performance should be within the radius; subsequent performances may be outside the radius. To apply visit The Foundation’s website: www.presserfoundation.org.
About The Presser Foundation
The Presser Foundation is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy. The Presser Foundation supports music performance and education through undergraduate and graduate scholar awards, operating and program support for music organizations, capital grants for music building projects, and assistance to retired music teachers. Much of the grant making focus of the Foundation is on organizations and institutions in the 100-mile radius surrounding Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information: www.presserfoundation.org.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts announced on January 15th plans for a seven-month series of events uniting Philadelphia’s arts, civic and community organizations. The endeavor commemorates the life and legacy of Octavius V. Catto, a 19th century Philadelphian and African-American civil rights pioneer who was an advocate for equality in the city and the nation. The series is under the creative direction of Nolan Williams, Jr., a renowned producer of inspirational arts programming.
The Presser Foundation provided a grant for the culmination of the festival with a main stage concert at the Mann featuring gospel artist Dr. Marvin Sapp, a 300-voice gospel choir, and the premiere of Uri Caine’s original orchestral composition inspired by the life of Catto to be performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. This event takes place July 19th from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.
For more information on the Mann’s Philadelphia Freedom Festival and schedule of events, visit www.manncenter.org/philadelphia-freedom-festival.
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation, which was formally established in 1939 under various deeds of trust of the late Theodore Presser, the Trustees invite eligible institutions to submit proposals to support special projects that will especially celebrate the role of Philadelphia-born or -based composers or performers in the development of American concert music of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Proposals will be considered in the spring of 2014 for projects that will take place during the 2014-15, 2015-16 and/or 2016-17 seasons. More information to come!
The Please Touch Museum, located in Fairmont Park has selected a musician for their pilot Musician-in-Residence Program, His name is Gabriel Globus-Hoenich.
Montreal native Gabriel Globus-Hoenich is one of Philadelphia’s most promising young musicians. As a drummer and percussionist, Gabriel’s career reflects a deep diversity of talent, with extensive forays in the worlds of jazz, classical music, and world music. As a busy jazz drummer, Gabriel has performed with a multitude of jazz greats, including John Swana, Tim Warfield, Pat Bianchi, Orrin Evans, Joe Magnarelli, and Larry McKenna. Gabriel has been featured on drum-set with the Philly Pops, Detroit Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Curtis Institute Symphony among other orchestras. In addition, Gabriel is one of Philadelphia’s top contemporary percussionists He is a member of Dolce Suono Ensemble, and has performed premiers of the works of Theo Bleckmann, Steve Mackey, Steven Stuckey, Stratis Minakakis, and David Ludwig.
Gabriel is also one of the founders of Drumming for Social Change, an organization dedicated to researching and developing percussion based educational programming. Gabriel recently spent over five weeks studying Brazilian percussion in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil. Gabriel also leads the 12 piece latin dance band GGH and The People of Earth for whom he composes, arranges, and plays percussion.
A dedicated educator, Gabriel works in Philadelphia schools as a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program as well as El-Sistema-inspired Play on Philly. Gabriel has also coached percussion at Haverford College and maintains a private studio.
A 2008 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Gabriel has studied with some of the premier percussion teachers in the world, including Kenny Washington, Rodney Green, Don Liuzzi, Robert Van Sice, and Alan Abel.
The Museum has confirmed with Gabriel that he will spend his first week of the residency observing, rehearsing and preparing for the workshops during the first two weeks in November. He will engage families in workshops on Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 15th. Gabriel’s residency will culminate with three public performances at the Museum on Saturday, November 16th at 10:30 a.m., 12:00, and 2:00 p.m.
The city of Philadelphia is no stranger to philanthropy. Philanthropic efforts have contributed widely to the world of arts, education and social work. Behind hundreds, and even thousands, of successful not-for-profit organizations are the efforts of generous individuals who saw value in a good idea and wanted to ensure not only its existence, but its survival. However, as Peter Dobrin recently argued, the philanthropic scene is changing and organizations are struggling to find ways to adapt to the changing nature of philanthropic giving. Dobrin doesn’t suggest that people are any less generous than in past, instead he argues that a new generation of givers are intent on seeing results. They want to ensure that the money they are donating is being used in meaningful ways.
Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Classical Music Critic, recently wrote a series of three articles on the state of arts funding in Philadelphia.
The first article in the series was published on Sunday, September 22, 2013 and is called, “Philadelphia’s culture boom strains under the costs of upkeep.” When the idea first bubbled up more than two decades ago during the Rendell administration, a greatly broadened arts and culture sector was to be Philadelphia’s savior. Hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private money was poured into expansions and new buildings, sometimes creating institutions from whole cloth. New audiences, economic development, and civic vitality would follow, planners said. The arts were the centerpiece of the plan, and it worked.
The second article in the series was published on Sunday, September 29, 2013 and is called, “For Philadelphia arts, a shifting donor base.” In this segment, Dobrin says that the era of local philanthropy being dominated by a mighty handful of foundations may have ended, but the change may not be without its silver lining. Some observers say the dominance – until now – of foundations in Philadelphia has resulted in an arts and culture sector that has been somewhat apathetic about cultivating a broader base of individual donors.
The third article in the series was published on Sunday, October 6, 2013 and is called, “A new field of donors.” Dobrin talks about the changing face of philanthropy in Philadelphia. While local philanthropy in the last era was dominated by a few big names – Lenfest, Annenberg, Pew – arts leaders see a new paradigm taking shape: a larger, more diffuse group of philanthropists…Who are those leaders today? “It’s not at all clear there is a successor group. In Philadelphia there are not those go-to people anymore,” says Capanna, the former Settlement Music School executive director.