Chicago's Lyric Opera announces $2 million grant from The Mellon Foundation
July 17, 2012
The Lyric Opera of Chicago recently announced that it was awarded a grant totaling $2 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Mellon Foundation was formed in New York in 1969 as a consolidation of the previously established Avalon Foundation and the Old Dominion Foundation. It focuses its funding on institutions working in higher education, scholarly communication and IT, art history and museums, performing arts and environmental conservation.
Since the Mellon Foundation tends to provide grants that benefit organizations as whole rather than individual programs, this funding is earmarked for a number of projects, including a new initiative, called "Lyric Unlimited," and an upcoming production, entitled "Bel Canto."
"For Lyric to receive such a substantial grant from one of America's leading foundations is a terrific vote of confidence," said Anthony Freud, the general director of the Lyric Opera. "We are deeply grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its longstanding commitment to new work, as demonstrated by its support of our upcoming world premiere, Bel Canto."
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