Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Abandoned By Citigroup & Citgo, Juilliard Music Advancement Program Cancels Next Season’s Music-training Program For 50 Poor Minority Schoolchildren

“The Juilliard School’s music-training program for poor minority schoolchildren — a rigorous curriculum that the conservatory holds up as a national model — has been slashed, disappointing dozens of children preparing to audition.

The Music Advancement Program will take back about 50 children in the fall to finish the second year of their two-year course. But it has canceled auditions next month for the incoming class, said Joseph W. Polisi, Juilliard’s president. About 50 are admitted each year.

Mr. Polisi said that the school could not raise the $400,000 necessary to finance the whole program, and that across-the-board budget cuts meant there was no money elsewhere for it.” …

Daniel J. Wakin "Juilliard Curtails Program That Serves Poor Children" New York Times April 7, 2009

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