A grant of $375,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation to underwrite the educational programs of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was announced Tuesday by Andre Previn, music director of the orchestra.
At a meeting at the Music Center attended by 70 students from Walter Reed Junior High School in North Hollywood, Previn said the grant was the largest such gift the Philharmonic Assn. has ever received for educational projects.
The Philharmonic's youth programs include Symphonies for Youth, In-School Concerts, Open House at Hollywood Bowl, Adopt-a-School, the Bronislaw Kaper Awards for Young Artists and High School Night at the Music Center. Ernest Fleischmann, executive director of the Philharmonic, said the grant will be used for all these programs.
"In these times of rising costs, it is difficult to justify expenditures that do not generate income. In order to make youth programs equally accessible to all, they must be presented free or at minimal charge," Fleischmann said. "The Keck Foundation grant will allow the Philharmonic not only to continue these invaluable programs, but enable us to expand them in the future."