Pew Music Project Gives More Than $1 Million

The Philadelphia Music Project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, awarded nearly $1.2 million to 19 groups, Pew said yesterday.

Astral Artists will get $95,000 to host a two-year residency with composer Aaron Jay Kernis.


The Curtis Institute of Music will receive $100,000 toward its staging of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will use $45,000 in the premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina.

A first-time $50,000 grant will help "commission saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa (pictured) and Steve Coleman to compose and perform new works with Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, the Philadelphia-based 15-member big band."

Pew's exact payout this time: $1,179,675.