The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a grant of $25,000 to SOL-LA Music Academy, a Santa Monica community music school, to support program growth and to strengthen organizational capacities. The grant will enable SOL-LA to fulfill its mission of providing high quality music instruction to students from all backgrounds and economic circumstances.

“We are honored to receive a $25,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation,” said Margaret Lysy, SOL-LA founder and director. ” Now in our eighth year, SOL-LA has been building a music education program that provides innovative arts instruction to children from all backgrounds and income levels. This grant will enable us to continue to develop an innovative curriculum and strengthen our organization to reach out to more communities through music education. “

The S. Mark Taper Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities.

Founded in 2007, SOL-LA Music Academy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 performing arts community school whose mission is to provide an outstanding education in the performing arts to young people in a fun, engaging environment that encourages achievement and community. Our comprehensive program reflects the belief that vibrant cultural education and inclusive programs nurture all areas of learning, connect diverse communities and enhance the quality of life. Visit for more information.

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