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Howard Gilman Foundation Gifts Merkin Concert Hall with a First-Time Grant of $50,000


Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall is delighted to announce a first-time grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation. The grant of $50,000 was issued to Merkin Concert Hall for its 2017-18 season, with presentations including Ecstatic Music Festival®, What Makes It Great?®, Tuesday Matinees, Broadway Close-Up and Broadway Playhouse.

Upon receiving the grant, Lydia Kontos, Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center, said: “We are immensely grateful to the Howard Gilman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to our work. This support will help Merkin Concert Hall continue to grow the vitality and diversity of contemporary music in New York City, supporting the important work of contemporary composers, today’s most acclaimed Broadway performers, and the best new talents in the classical world.”

The Howard Gilman Foundation honors the legacy of the late Howard Gilman, who believed in the power of the arts to transform lives, by supporting the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City. From 1981, when the Howard Gilman Foundation was established, until his death in 1998, Mr. Gilman’s passion for the arts was exemplified by his dedication to nurturing artists and sustaining arts institutions. Today, the Foundation supports three disciplines – dance, theatre, and music – and dedicates its efforts to organizations that are based in Mr. Gilman’s birthplace and hometown: New York City. More information here.

Over the last 40 years, Merkin Concert Hall has commissioned hundreds of new works, of which five won Pulitzer Prizes and many won Grammys and dozens of other awards. Known for its near-perfect acoustics and intimate setting, the Hall annually hosts 180+ concerts that include 40+ of its own presentations; concerts from Kaufman Music Center’s two schools; and rentals by artists, ensembles, and presenters. These events draw 50,000+ people each year, with the Center’s presentations and co-presentations drawing 15,000+ specifically and reaching 100,000 more through a longstanding partnership with New York Public Radio.