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Harmony Project honored

November 05, 2009|David Ng

In eight short years, the Harmony Project has gone from L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods to the glitz of the White House.

On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the music-education organization with the Coming Up Taller Award, which recognizes youth-oriented arts and humanities programs nationwide. Each year, 15 organizations are chosen to receive the award, which comes with a $10,000 prize.

Founded in 2001, L.A.'s Harmony Project provides classical-music education for low-income children. The organization is based in Hollywood but does much of its work with youth from the South-Central area as well as other regions.

Speaking by phone from Washington, Harmony founder Margaret Martin said the organization will use the $10,000 prize money to help pay for teachers and other professionals. Harmony currently has about 50 instructors and 750 students.

-- David Ng

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