Announcing From the Top’s Center for Arts Leadership!

We are excited to announce a special grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to launch From the Top’s Center for Arts Leadership! Housed in Boston, the Center (CAL)  empowers young musicians towards action and service in their communities, inspiring them to take it beyond the concert hall.

Arts Leadership has been part of our core programs since 2004 and this new opportunity will allow us to further develop and evaluate this effort. Bolstered by From the Top’s national reach through our weekly radio and television broadcasts, the Center for Arts Leadership is uniquely positioned to inspire a movement of young people to redefine what it means to be a musician today.

We are currently recruiting high school and college freshmen and sophomore musicians in the Boston area to join us for the first year of this exciting initiative. During this yearlong program, participants will work in teams at partner sites across Boston to design and implement a community service project and will participate in ongoing leadership workshops. This is an amazing opportunity to use music to make a difference! Click here to learn more about the Center for Arts Leadership and download an application.

And announcing another opportunity to support new or existing projects…Boston-based high school and college-age musicians can receive grant money through the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Awards! From the Top is requesting proposals that focus on community-based projects beginning in January 2011. This is an opportunity for young musicians to use their talent and creativity to make a difference in people’s lives. Up to four grants will be awarded, ranging from $250 -$1000. Click here for more information and to download an application.

Hyung-Do Kim Shares His Music with Senior Citizens of Edgewater, NJ

14-year-old pianist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, Hyung-Do Kim recently performed on our show in Gettysburg, PA. During the Arts Leadership orientation held the following morning, we learned that he and his sister, a violinist, have been performing regularly for the residents of Waterford Towers, a retirement center located in Edgewater, New Jersey, for the past two years. Hyung-Do wants to share his love for classical music, and performing for senior citizens is one way he hopes to give back to the community.

Hyung-Do at the Waterford Towers retirement center

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