Aiken Symphony Orchestra Receives Grant for Outreach Program | Local News

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra now has a little more money in its coffers to spend on spreading the music around Aiken.

The orchestra received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which it will use to fund the “Music for All of Aiken” project.

This program is organized in collaboration with the Tri-Development Center, which helps people with disabilities in the community, said Deedee Vaughters, executive director of the symphony.

“We go to the Tri-Development Center day facility once a month and entertain (those) who receive services there,” Vaughters said.

The grant is an individual matching grant, which means that the symphony orchestra must match the grant awarded to it. Vaughters said Bank of America came forward and matched the donation for the symphony, so a total of $20,000 will go towards awareness.

This program is particularly rewarding for Vaughters, as she previously served on the board of the Tri-Development Center.

“For the most part (these people) can’t attend concerts, so we’re making sure they’re not forgotten and we’re bringing the concerts to them,” Vaughters said. “That’s lovely.”

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The symphony was one of only six South Carolina organizations to receive NEA funding in this round, and the only organization in Aiken.

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