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Methodist University’s Friends of Music recently received a $2,300 Project Support Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

Methodist University’s Friends of Music recently received a $2,300 Project Support Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

The grant will be used to present a Guest Artist Series, a set of free concerts held on campus. The guest musicians also hold educational workshops with students from the MU Department of Music. The workshops are open to the public.

The first Guest Artist Series performance, scheduled for Oct. 7, will feature a piano trio with Scott Marosek on piano, Fabian Lopez on violin, and Nathan Leyland on cello. Other events include a concert from baritone vocalist Joshua Conyers on Nov. 4, a performance by aboriginal music and culture group Didge Revolution on Feb. 3, 2017, and an organ trio featuring Vicki Fey on organ and Tim Altman and Larry Wells on trumpet on March 17, 2017.

These events would not be possible without assistance from the Arts Council.

Project Support Grants, like the one awarded to the Methodist University Friends of Music, aim to increase opportunities for access to arts and science, as well as cultural and historical programming in the Cumberland County area. Project Support Grants may be awarded to non-profit agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability.

“The Arts Council is proud to partner with Friends of Music in support of its Guest Artist Series,” said Deborah Martin Mintz, Arts Council executive director. “Project Support Grants for 2016-2017 will help fund 30 projects facilitated by 19 non-profit organizations in our community. These projects help strengthen our community through festivals and concerts, youth education programs, art exhibitions, art workshops, and so much more.”

Friends of Music at Methodist (FOM) was founded in the 1999-2000 academic year with the purpose of engaging members of the community and providing assistance to the Music Department. Friends of Music provides funding for the basic needs of the department and hosts several performances each year. For more information about Friends of Music and upcoming events, including the Guest Artist Series, please contact Fine Arts Coordinator Linda Volman Lane at lvolman@methodist.edu or 910.630.7100.

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves more than 300,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. For more than 40 years, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.