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Big Tent Initiative

Program Description

Since 2015, the Big Tent has enabled us to reach diverse, new audiences in parks and open spaces from inner-city Richmond to the metropolitan suburbs to the fields of Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent County and the state parks of Virginia. Through Big Tent Festivals, the Symphony enlists a broad coalition of community partners who work together to create lasting benefit in their local neighborhoods. These benefits range from an enhanced sense of community cohesion, to increased levels of community pride, and often to improving access to music education by generating proceeds that are invested back into public school music programs. Since 2016, over $300,000 of philanthropic proceeds have been invested in Richmond Public Schools,, putting 363 instruments into 20 schools so far, plus band uniforms, choir dress, and other equipment. The Symphony is on track to reach $500,000 by June 2020, enough to enable all 32 Richmond elementary and middle schools to teach student orchestras.  

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Richmond City

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