The Cleveland Orchestra receives $2.5 million gift from The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
New campaign support will sustain educational programming for students of all ages and concert access for young people
The Cleveland Orchestra has recently received a substantial gift from the Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund that will be used to sustain the orchestra’s educational programming for students throughout the Northeast Ohio area. This gift is one of the biggest donations to the education program. The gift also supports the Sound for the Centennial Campaign.
“This generous endowment gift from the Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund helps to ensure that music education and community engagement programs remain available for future generations. You can’t take it for granted any more that young people are exposed to great art, so we have to reach out…we want to be present in the schools, in the lives of Clevelanders, so they not only experience the joy of music, but also that we become a part of their lives,” said Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.
The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund will contribute a total of $250,000 toward annual operating costs associated with delivering education and community programs, and $2.25 million has been pledged to the creation of an endowment fund. The gift follows major grant awards this season from The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The John P. Murphy Foundation. The Cleveland Orchestra’sSound for the Centennial Campaign will build the Orchestra’s endowment through its centennial in 2018, while securing broad-based annual support from across Northeast Ohio.
The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
In keeping with the founders' value of community service, The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund looks for opportunities that build knowledge and capacity within our communities of place and concern. The Fund makes grants to organizations that are qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are effective in the following areas of concern: the arts, the environment, education, and social services.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Education and Community Programs
Education and service to the community have always been central to the mission of The Cleveland Orchestra. Since 1918, the Orchestra has introduced more than four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music. In 2009, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst reinstated Cleveland Orchestra performances in Cleveland-area high schools, for the first time in 35 years. The Orchestra performs free community concerts each year in Severance Hall and downtown Cleveland, and in 2013 introduced an annual week-long local residency including 16 neighborhood-based public concerts and events.
In Cleveland Metropolitan School District pre-K classrooms, the Orchestra provides innovative programs for students, to help teachers use music to support the curriculum, actively engaging young children in the joy and benefits of music, while equipping them with critical school-readiness skills. Orchestra musicians work with teachers in K-5 academic classrooms throughout the region in the Learning Through Music program, using music to support teaching and learning in math, science, and language arts. Cleveland Orchestra musicians also coach top-level high-school music students through the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Choruses, chamber ensembles, and region-wide clinics.
The Cleveland Orchestra continues its mission to increase access by offering free tickets to young people 17 and under for every Blossom Music Festival concert, as well as select concerts at Severance Hall. More than 38,000 young people have attended Blossom Music Festival concerts through the “Under 18s Free” ticket program since 2011. The number of students attending Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall in the 2012-13 season has more than doubled over the 2011-12 season. In the 2012-13 season at Severance Hall, each evening subscription concert was attended by more than 200 students, on average — at some concerts, students represented 20% of the audience.