CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Municipal Band has some new financial support as it looks to renovate the Municipal Arts Center.

The band received a $15,000 challenge grant from the Perry Foundation. The money supports the Foundations for the Future campaign, which aims to improve both the interior and exterior of the arts center on Fifth Street.

05/14/2019 Press Release from the Charlottesville Municipal Band

The Charlottesville Municipal Band is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 challenge grant from the Perry Foundation. These funds will support the Foundations for the Future Campaign, a capital improvement project for their building the Municipal Arts Center (MAC). The Foundations for the Future Campaign includes interior and exterior improvements, including new HVAC, flooring, computer systems, paving and signage. This campaign has also earned funding from Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust and the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.

The Municipal Arts Center, at 1119 Fifth Street SW, is owned and operated by the Charlottesville Municipal Band and was built in 1999, thanks to the generosity of past funders. It is now used by many, including the Band’s 80 volunteer musicians for rehearsals and workshops and also for events, meetings and public performances. The MAC also houses their administrative offices, instrument storage and extensive music library. The Band shares the facilities with arts and community organization for minimal fees.

Scott Colley, President of the Band’s Board of Directors, remarked, "We are so grateful for the Perry Foundation’s generous support, which helps us continue bringing free concerts to 15,000 audience members each year."  

The Perry Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process and requires that organizations provide a dollar for dollar match to receive their funding.