Mellon Foundation gave $2.5 million to Cleveland Orchestra to fund opera, ballet initiatives
April 22, 2013
The value of the arts in society is immeasurable. Some people consider music and dance to be a great form of entertainment, while for others it's more a way of life. No matter their stance, individuals in Ohio will likely continue to be enthralled by the performing arts thanks to a recent $2.5 million grant given to The Cleveland Orchestra by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The New York-based group gave the gift to the orchestra with the intention of it being put toward opera and ballet performances, as well as collaborations with other notable artists not associated with the orchestra, Crain's Cleveland Business reported. The news source said that this is the biggest grant the Ohio group has ever received.
"We are grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for supporting artistic initiatives as part of our ongoing transformation," Cleveland Orchestra's executive director Gary Hanson told the news source. "Among national philanthropic foundations, the Mellon Foundation is among the most important in the support of the symphony orchestra."
According to The Mellon Foundation's official website, the group ran a 10 year-long program focusing on orchestras, which concluded in 2009. Since then, the web page noted, the nonprofit has honed in on providing grant opportunities to similar types of performing arts groups.