Our second set of Music in Action grants have been awarded!The Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest conceived the Music in Action program in June, 2020. The initial objective of the Music in Action program was “to provide financial support for local musicians while addressing the greater need for hope, healing, and community exposed by the killing of George Floyd.” We awarded grants to two local vocalists. They produced exceptional, innovative, and very personally meaningful musical performances. Read more about the first program here and watch the performances.
While the immediate shock of the George Floyd tragedy is now in the past, we still live in turbulent times and emerging artists still need our support. We have updated the Music in Action program objectives accordingly:
Three grantees were selected in late 2021. Their performances were originally planned for 2022, but were delayed to 2023 due primarily to the untimely passing of Michael Ruppert, RWSUM President and Music in Action Program Coordinator.
The grantees and their performances are:
Siena Forest, pre-recorded and premiered online on Saturday January 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM CST. Event details here.
Megan Wagner Floan, live at Ultan Hall, U of M School of Music on Tuesday Feb 21, 2023 at 7 PM CST.
Sahar Hassan, pre-recorded and premiered online on Saturday April 1, 2023 at 7:00 PM CST. Event details here.
Matching Fund Contributors:
Renate Sharp and Don Notvik,
Music in Action Founding Sponsors,
In Honor of Dr. David Cline
Meg & Steve Blake
Dr. David Cline
Jim Richardson & Dorothy Horns
Michael J Ruppert, in Honor of Jim Richardson
Members and Friends:
Anonymous, in Honor of Dr. David Cline
Anonymous, in Honor of Hans Hotter
Anonymous, in Honor of Michael Ruppert
Kevin Winge, in Honor of Michael Ruppert
P. Hauoli’ipo Wright
Plus Four Additional Anonymous Donors