Laredo Phil receives $10,000 NEA Grant

The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra (Laredo Phil) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support concert performances and outreach activities.

In notifying the Laredo Phil, agency chairman Jane Chu said the NEA is proud to support programs like the Laredo Phil.


“The National Endowment for the Arts, through its Arts Engagement in American Communities Program, is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, that make the arts accessible to people in Laredo and further enhances the vitality of their community,” Chu wrote in her notification letter.


Laredo Phil maestro, music conductor and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) faculty member Brendan Townsend said the competitive Award is especially welcome as it will be combined with matching funds, and extend the Laredo Phil’s programming and reach.


“Like all non-profit organizations in the arts, funding our performance and outreach activities is always a challenge.   This past year has been especially worrisome.  We are excited about the opportunities this NEA Grant provides, especially when combined with matching gifts and support generously provided by our Laredo Phil subscribers and community at large.  We hope that it will also encourage others to provide additional matching support and extend our outreach, ” Townsend said.