Phoenix Conservatory of Music Receives Multi-Year Grant through the Arizona Department of Education
Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM) is the proud recipient of a multi-year grant through the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). This $973,000 grant over 3 years is part of the American Rescue Plan to provide Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund.
With this funding, PCM will be able to provide extracurricular music education and music enrichment classes to 380 low-income students annually, helping students gain confidence, improve literacy, and provide life-long skills. Students in the program will range in age from preschool to high school, with each student receiving one day of after school programming at PCM that includes a music enrichment class such as music theory or beat making, along with a private music lesson, a meal and homework help. Students from grades 3 through high school will also have the option of auditioning for PCM’s award-winning College Prep Program.
“We are excited and grateful for the life-changing opportunities this will provide for students. The ability to provide quality music education to more students to boost their learning and confidence not only helps them progress in school and in life, but helps pave the way for their continued growth,” said Regina Nixon, PCM Executive Director.
Nixon also said, “Music education improves a strong foundation for learning through music that leads to success in reading, math, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation along with the benefits of socially connecting and gaining confidence leads to more long-term success. This is what PCM strives to do, and the ESSER III grant award will allow us to provide these services tuition-free to many more students.”