DSO Receives Grant Awards

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce it has received a total of three grant awards, two of which were from the Iowa Arts Council. A Cultural Leadership Partners Project Grant will enable the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra to participate in the April, 2015 Silent Film Showcase for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals, the five day event includes a popular silent film presentation that typically attracts close to 700 patrons. Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects with Iowa’s leading arts and cultural institutions that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Iowa Arts Council also recently awarded the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra a Cultural Trust Stability grant, which will help underwrite a portion of the costs for a two day strategic planning retreat scheduled to take place in March, 2015. Board members, administrative staff and representatives from the orchestra players committee will attend the retreat in order to begin the process of drafting a new multi-year strategic plan. Support for the retreat is provided by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. According to Board President Mantea Schmid, “the orchestra has grown considerably over the past decade. We need a strategic plan that speaks to our artistic vision while also providing guidance in terms of supporting, operating and managing the organization as a whole.”

Earlier this year, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra also received a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association for the purchase of four King Kong timpani cases. These custom-made cases are scheduled to arrive any day now and will preserve and protect one of the orchestra’s most expensive pieces of equipment. The Adams timpani were purchased in 2006 thanks, in part, to a previous grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. As the orchestra looks to continue the trend of performing in multiple venues throughout town, it is vitally important that the instruments be transported in a manner that greatly reduces any risk of damage.

Mark Wahlert, Executive Director of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, stated that the organization is “deeply grateful to the Dubuque Racing Association as well as the Iowa Arts Council. Their endorsement and support of our mission will enable us to continue bringing the joy of music to the nearly 20,000 tri-state area residents that we serve each year.”

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