FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2016
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The Perlman Music Program to Receive $40,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Support the 2017 Summer Music School

New York, New York – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to The Perlman Music Program for the Summer Music School. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; public engagement with diverse and excellent art; lifelong learning in the arts; and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Approximately 40 young string players from all over the world attend The Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School, a 7-week intensive program for exceptionally gifted students in Shelter Island, New York. An outstanding faculty led by Itzhak Perlman guide a daily schedule wherein students explore solo, chamber music, choral, and orchestral repertoire in a rigorous, yet non-competitive environment. Performance opportunities every week give students the chance to refine their repertoire for supportive audiences, and locals and tourists alike are invited to attend dozens of free, public events on PMP’s Shelter Island campus as well as locations throughout the East End. 

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as The Perlman Music Program, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our mission to nurture the future of classical music,” said Toby Perlman, Founder and Director of The Perlman Music Program. “Our concerts are attended by thousands of music lovers, whose encouragement enables our Summer Music School students to take artistic risks and develop their own musical voice. We are proud to share our students’ music-making with the public and to be a part of the vibrant arts community on the East End.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit


Founded by Toby Perlman in 1994, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and a signature summer program on Shelter Island, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.

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