Philadelphia classical music events, discussion, and directory
The idea for the group was one of 55 proposals recently chosen by the Knight Foundation in their Arts Challenge contest for Philadelphia. If the final, detailed proposal is selected then funding will be available for the program, however, the announcement will not be made until April or May - just as the school year draws to a close. Waiting for the announcement would push progress back by a full year, so I've decided to begin the preliminary work to form the group and hope that funding will follow. There is already significant interest in the project by local organizations, so I also wish to capitalize on this energy before the embers grow cold.
Longer term plans
The goal is to establish a growing and dynamic group by the end of the 2011-2012 school year. A group of leaders will also be in place so they may continue planning and discussions over the summer. A 2012-2013 season showcase called Fall Overture will be planned for early September that will be open to the public and it will include a variety of presentations to inspire attendees to think about what concerts they'd like to attend, and who they'd like to see. 4 other LYF member only events will be planned throughout the season by local organizations. LocalArtsLive will work with those organizations to plan and promote the events. Connections to local organizations made during the summer will also be used to create discount ticket programs that will be available to the group. The details and schedule of the longer term plans will vary depending on the availability of funding. Without funding, the process will take much longer. With funding, additional resources such as advertising and paid bloggers and interns will be available.