Mellon awards $200,000 to the Post-Classical Ensemble, for lean budget effectiveness in the classical music world.

Mellon awards $200,000 to the Post-Classical Ensemble - Music - Baltimore City Paper.

This sums up what needs to happen in the classical music world-

The Mellon grants in this competitive performing arts field, according to its web site, go to those who test “models that may serve to make orchestras sustainable in the future.” In other words, grant recipients should be debt-free and cutting-edge to the core.

The lean model championed by Horowitz and Gil-Ordóñez provides a multimedia festival approach to each composer on the roster. These concerts go beyond the notes on the staff to root the performances in the culture—Russian, Hungarian, German, Mexican, or Spanish—that stokes each composer’s creative fires.

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