The Charlottesville Municipal Band announced today that it had hit its goal for securing a matching grant from the Perry Foundation. By raising $15,000 from its supporters during a four-month period, the Band qualified for a $15,000 Perry Foundation grant. The $30,000 fund will support the Foundations for the Future Campaign, a capital improvement project for the Municipal Arts Center, the Band’s home. Earlier, the Band had received Foundations for the Future funding from the Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust and the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.
The Municipal Arts Center (The MAC), at 1119 Fifth Street SW, is owned and operated by the Charlottesville Municipal Band and was built in 1999, thanks to the generosity of past funders. It is now used by many, including 80 volunteer musicians for practices and workshops and, also, for events, meetings and public performances. The MAC also houses their administrative offices, instrument storage and extensive music library. The Band shares the facilities with arts and community organizations, for minimal fees. The Foundations for the Future Campaign includes interior and exterior improvements, including new HVAC, computer systems, paving and signage.
Scott Colley, President of the Band’s Board of Directors, commented that “Our mission is to bring free concerts to the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities, and we thank the Perry Foundation and our other supporters for helping us keep the music alive.”
The Perry Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process and requires that organizations provide a dollar for dollar match to receive their funding.