Festival Receives Third NEA Grant in Four Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:November 27, 2012 – Bellingham, WA — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Bellingham festival of Music is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support next summer’s music program. It is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.The Bellingham Festival of Music has been producing annual festivals of orchestral music each summer for 19 years. The non-profit organization is administered by a working board of unpaid volunteers. The Festival is funded through grants and donations from the community. It has received two previous NEA grants, one in 2009 and one in 2010.

“These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs,” said Chairman Landesman.

“The mission of the Bellingham Festival of Music is to bring classical music of the highest caliber to Whatcom County,” said John H. Binns, Jr., Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “This grant helps us to fulfill that mission. It is especially welcome as we begin preparations for our 20th season.”

March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

Now in its 20th season, the Bellingham Festival of Music is one of America’s premier virtuoso orchestra festivals. Members of the orchestra all hold artistically prestigious positions elsewhere, and many of them are principal players in major North American symphony orchestras. Now in its 19th season, the Festival recently received two consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Bellingham Festival of Music, visit www.BellinghamFestival.org.