Settlement Music School Supported by $500,000 Advancement Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Advanced Study students perform at the 2017 Advanced Study Concert.

PHILADELPHIA (June 20, 2017) – Settlement Music School is honored to announce that it has been supported by an Advancement grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in the amount of $500,000. Described by the Center as multiyear investments designed to support bold initiatives led by exemplary arts and culture organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Advancement grant will allow Settlement to engage with 21st century music learners in visionary new ways.

To launch this effort, Settlement—one of just two organizations to receive support through a prestigious Advancement grant this year—will pilot a number of key initiatives in the area of behavior/consumer marketing, faculty/curricular development, investment in new technologies, and clearly articulated learning pathways, where students play an active role in their own education.

“We are so very grateful to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for their generous investment in Settlement Music School in specific and in the arts in Philadelphia in general,” said Helen S. Eaton, CEO of Settlement Music School. “It is because of the bold thinking and profound philanthropic support of the Center that Settlement can build on its 109-year record of success and create new learning pathways and strategies that will guide us deeper into the 21st century and beyond.”


Settlement Music School’s mission is to provide the highest quality instruction in music and the related arts to children and adults, without regard to age, background, ability or economic circumstances. Settlement’s broad range of programs, taught by highly credentialed and dedicated faculty, help students achieve artistic, educational, and social goals. Settlement provides 10,000 weekly services across six branches and over $2 million dollars each year in financial aid for its students.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center fulfills this mission by investing in ambitious, imaginative projects that showcase the region’s cultural vitality and enhance public life, and by engaging in an exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners and leaders.