Mass Groups Receive Lewis Prize for Music Awards

Congratulations to ZUMIX, Hyde Square Task Force, and Cambridge Community Center – three of 32 Creative Youth Development organizations in the US awarded by The Lewis Prize COVID-19 Community Response Fund for adapting and responding to the pressing needs of the young people they serve.

The Lewis Prize for Music invests in youth music organizations and their leaders to facilitate positive change through access to music education. Each of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund recipients embody this goal; they do extraordinary work providing young people with opportunities to learn, perform and create music while also serving their immediate and unique needs around food, transportation, mental health, and academics.

A total of $1.25 million was awarded nationwide, with grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.

“Access to music enriches the social fabric of our lives,” said Daniel Lewis, Founder and Chairman of the Lewis Prize for Music. “The organizations and leaders we have chosen to support in these times play a critical role in the lives and communities of the young people they support. In the face of unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and racial injustice across the country, Creative Youth Development organizations are devoting all of their resources to uplift both the creative and material well-being of young people and their families. We are thrilled to support these organizations and be an advocate for the entire Creative Youth Development field.”

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