Tune Up Philly, the innovative music program at St. Francis de Sales in West Philadelphia, has found funding to ensure its second year of operation, the 2011-12 school year.
The Knight Foundation awarded the program $150,000, which has been matched with another $150,000 from local philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno, leaving $165,000 still needed to reach full funding.
About 80 students attend intensive after-school classes in ear-training and choral music, and receive instruction on a chosen instrument, through Tune Up Philly. The institute is modeled on the successful El Sistema program in Venezuela.
More on Tune Up Philly here.