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New funding initiative helps get Fort Worth's musicians back into the studio and on stage

Posted July 1, 2020

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Fine Line Group , the family office of Sasha and Edward P. Bass, launched Sounds of Resilience, the second in a series of competitive grant programs designed to help get Fort Worth’s arts community back to work.

The $100,000 initiative challenges area musicians to compose works about resilience to fuel the city’s creative economy and to help drive community healing and positive change.

Led by the Fine Line Group, with support from the Alice L. Walton Foundation, the Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation and Bass Performance Hall, Sounds of Resilience will provide financial support to 41 musicians whose work brings the Fort Worth community together to reflect on their recent experiences in the world and to begin driving change and healing through music.

“Sounds of Resilience is built on a model we implemented with The New Normal: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19,” Sasha Bass said. “Within hours of launching that program, submissions from our city’s most talented artists poured in. The need for a program like this was clear. Visual art is but one segment of our city’s creative economy. There are so many powerful and accessible mediums through which our experiences in history are recorded. We knew music would be next.”

Applicants are asked to create and submit a unique live performance video of two original songs in a format similar to a Tiny Desk submission, along with a personal statement about their experience in the pandemic and the role their music will play in drawing people together around the theme of resilience. The full application is available online. There is no fee to apply.

A panel of six of Fort Worth’s music industry leaders will manage the selection process, awarding $2,000 grants to 35 musicians, and $5,000 grants to the top six strongest applicants. These six musicians will create an original and inspired song about resilience, which will be recorded live at Bass Performance Hall.

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