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DIVERSITY MATTERS The BMC Opportunity Scholarship A heightened commitment to diversity yields even more transformative experiences for deserving students

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ow more than ever before, the classical music industry is convening thought leaders to address the dearth of musicians from nontraditional backgrounds in orchestras, music schools, summer festivals, and on concert stages across the country and around the world. As one of the country’s premier summer institutes and festivals, Brevard Music Center has demonstrated its organizational commitment to diversity by partnering with esteemed peer groups—including the Sphinx Organization, the Primavera Fund of Philadelphia, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, Kidznotes (Raleigh), Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program, and many others—to provide opportunities to students from traditionally underserved populations. These relationships not only pave the way for students to attend Brevard, but also provide the essential scholarship support needed to fulfill their musical dreams and aspirations. In 2019 Brevard Music Center deepened its commitment to a more diverse student body by creating a supplemental scholarship program to assist historically underrepresented populations in the field of classical music. The BMC Opportunity Scholarship, open primarily to students of Black and Latinx descent, is specifically designed to help these aspiring musicians overcome financial barriers that may limit the achievement of their full potential. In its inaugural season, Opportunity Scholarships were awarded to more than 30 deserving students. These scholarships were in addition to our normal and extensive scholarships based on merit and financial need. The BMC Opportunity Scholarship is supported in its first year by a generous grant from Wells Fargo Private Bank, and will be used to attract matching funds from other contributors in order to have a greater and lasting impact. The Music Center’s Opportunity Scholarship is in keeping with Wells Fargo’s funding priorities

BMC jazz students gain performance experience at the popular Jazz @ Brevard concert. Photo: Chuck Gilmore

to develop strategic relationships with nonprofits and other organizations to create innovative, sustainable solutions, and we are grateful for this significant investment. This exciting and meaningful work will most certainly further BMC’s mission and positively influence the vitality and vibrancy of our field and add to the quality of our applicant pool. Most importantly, countless numbers of gifted and deserving students from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds will benefit from the transformative experience of a summer at Brevard Music Center.

Violinist Annelle Gregory, 1st place winner of the 2017 Sphinx Competition, takes the WPA stage at BMC’s July 22, 2018 performance of Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. Photo: John Allen

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2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...

2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...