Applications for The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Awards will open on Friday, July 24. Three multi-year awards of $500,000 each will be awarded in January 2021. 

The Lewis Prize for Music believes that music in the lives of young people is a catalytic force to drive positive change in our society. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity.

“We seek awardees whose leadership inspires their local communities to prioritize music opportunities for all young people,” said Daniel Lewis, Founder and Chairman of The Lewis Prize for Music. “Taking a collaborative approach is more important than ever in the midst of COVID-19 and its deepening effect on longstanding inequities.”  

“Creative youth development music organizations blend music and leadership opportunities so young people can be seen for all they have to offer,” said Dalouge Smith, CEO of The Lewis Prize for Music. “Music’s ability to build trust and connections between diverse people makes these organizations potent agents of change for all of our benefit.”  

The opening of the Accelerator Award application comes one month after The Lewis Prize for Music granted $1.25 million through its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The 32 recipients showed they quickly adapted and responded to the pressing needs of young people amid the challenges of the pandemic.

More information and applications will be available on July 24.

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