Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
Non-Profit: Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. – Manchester-by-the-Sea
Learn more: nmyo.org
Mission: The mission of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. (NMYO) is to provide young musicians with exceptional ensemble training and opportunities for personal growth through musical performance and community service. We do this through weekly rehearsals and eight free-to-the-public concerts each season as well as our unique ‘Youth Serving Through Music’ community service program which involves all NMYO members. Advanced string players mentor young Lawrence, MA musicians via the ‘Up with Music’ project. The chamber ensembles play outreach concerts at area nursing homes. The intermediate players perform a concert for the Ipswich Council on Aging. The younger musicians perform the annual “Thanksgiving Basket Project” community service concert which raises funds for local food pantries and the Thanksgiving baskets they provide families in need. NMYO currently serves 169 musicians, ages 6 through 18, with 12.5% receiving need-based tuition assistance. This year, the musicians reside in every Essex County city and town with the exception of Nahant and Swampscott. Seven large music ensembles are offered, at all levels of play, and include two String Ensembles, two Orchestras, a Wind Ensemble, two levels of Flute Choirs, as well as a Chamber Music program with 13 groups each coached by a professional musician. Where the vast majority of Essex County school districts do not provide a string program or classical wind ensemble program in their curriculum, NMYO provides the opportunity for such musicians, along with their home-schooled and private-schooled counterparts, to learn and play with their peers.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation