Grant to BSO aims to bolster the organization

June 25, 1998|By Stacey Patton

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will receive its first installment of a $1 million grant Wednesday from National Arts Stabilization, a nonprofit group that helps arts organizations manage their money and plan for the future.

But the BSO has to do a few things in return.

The BSO will have to meet four requirements: maintain artistic excellence in music, attract diverse audiences in Baltimore and throughout Maryland, keep a good working environment for musicians and volunteers, and maintain financial stability.

Nancy Sasser, NAS president, says the grant is both an incentive and a reward.

"We believe in working within communities around the nation," says Sasser. "This is our way of preserving artistic endeavors. "We believe in providing financial support so institutions don't have to worry about how they will fund projects."

NAS began as a project with the Ford Foundation in 1966. NAS works in partnership with the local Baltimore Arts Stabilization Project, which approves grants and assists in raising money with the help of dozens of corporations and trusts.

Previous local NAS grant recipients are Center Stage, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Opera Company and the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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