The Long Bay Symphony receives grant from S.C. Arts Commission

  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Long Bay Symphony has been awarded a $16,000 general operating grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The support will allow the symphony to continue the mission of providing the highest quality musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of the region. During this fiscal year the symphony is celebrating 26 years of musical excellence as the region’s largest professional performing arts organization.

For the Symphony Series, the Long Bay Symphony offers four classical, two pops and two chamber orchestra concerts each season. In addition, the Youth Orchestra performs three large concerts during the season that runs from September through May.

Other educational programs include Musicians in the Schools and a Young Peoples concert.

“The S.C. Arts Commission grant will help to further financial stability for the Long Bay Symphony during these difficult economic times for all non-profits,” said executive director Carolyn Pittman.

Several companies, organizations and/or individuals in the area are helping the Long Bay Symphony meet its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. The corporate sponsorships for the symphony are: BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America – The Wiggin Group, TD Bank, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Anderson Brothers Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation and Target. The symphony also receives funding from the City of Myrtle Beach, the City of North Myrtle Beach and Horry County through Accommodations Tax disbursements.

Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefitting the Long Bay Symphony by attending the upcoming concerts in March and April. The Symphony Series concerts are held at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.

For more information on the schedule visit www.longbaysymphony.com.

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