DC Strings regularly performs its diverse repertoire in spaces and communities where live music is rarely heard at museums and libraries, on riverbanks and street corners. In a typical year, it hosts eight orchestra concerts, 20 community events, and dozens of workshops, classes, and masterclasses. Teaching artists serve over 300 schoolchildren annually, at little or no cost. Programs prominently feature women and BIPOC community members and are powerful ways for students of color to see people who look like them excelling and being passionate about music and performance. While live and online programming during the pandemic was robust (and included a group therapy element for students who experienced trauma), the new year brings new possibilities. The Workshop showcases the great talent of community members who are rarely heard and shares music with youth and families who deserve full access to great music.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for DC Strings Workshop is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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