LITTLETON -- Indian Hill Music, comprising Indian Hill Music School and Orchestra of Indian Hill, has announced that it has received $88,700 in grant funding, including $64,000 from several local foundations, a state grant of $14,700 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"It is very gratifying to receive support from these foundations for our community outreach initiative as well as for general operating needs," said IHM Executive Director Susan Randazzo. "Over the past year our outreach activities served more than 6,600 people in our service area." She adds that since 2007, IHM has raised over $100,000 to help fund community engagement programs designed to bring music to a wide range of constituents, including school music partnerships (in-school performances, after-school instrument lessons and special family events), senior outreach (free monthly Bach's Lunch Concerts and numerous off-site performances by Indian Hill faculty and student musicians), and Indian Hill's Threshold Singers (a volunteer healing chorus that sings at the bedsides of the sick and dying).

Recent grant awards include: Samuel C. Endicott Fund for general operating support; The Sudbury Foundation to support a re-design of Indian Hill's website; The National Endowment for the Arts in support of the Guitar Festival, which involved workshops and performances at the Music School, a concert by the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and outreach performances in community schools; DCU for Kids in support of Indian Hill's Community Outreach Initiative; Deluxe Corporation Foundation in support of Indian Hill's Community Outreach Initiative; Henry Vincent Couper Charitable Foundation for general operating support; North Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation in support of Indian Hill's Community Outreach Initiative; Helen and William Mazer Foundation in support of the Music School's piano program; Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy program to support Indian Hill's Music Therapy program; The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) for general operating support.

MCC has a budget of $11.2 million, including an appropriation of $9.5 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Its funds reach every community in Massachusetts. The mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The not-for-profit cultural industry has a $4.2 billion economic impact in the state.