Grant writing: Classical Revolution

I wrote and edited the successful grant proposal to the Zellerbach Foundation that allowed Classical Revolution to send their Musical Art Quintet into the Bay Area for a series of free, interactive concerts to engage the public with contemporary music.

RESULTS: Classical Revolution was awarded a $5,000 grant and performed for thousands of audience members around the Bay Area.

Here’s an excerpt from the East Bay Express article on those concerts:

It was somewhat brazen for violinist Adam Scow and viola player Charith Premawardhana to ascribe the name “Classical Revolution” to a loose confederation of chamber musicians who meet every Monday night in San Francisco’s Mission district. If anything, Scow says the name has more to do with its venue — The Revolution Cafe — than with the group’s raison d’être. But there is a populist cast to Classical Revolution, which formed in 2006 and now boasts thirty chapters internationally, and is on its way to becoming a nonprofit. It was particularly apparent last Saturday, when one of the group’s offshoots, the Musical Art Quintet, threw a free concert in the lobby of Brava Theater. It was part of a series of events the group is producing, with a grant from the Zellerbach Foundation, to help liberate chamber music from the rarefied world of fancy mustard and powdered wigs. Scow’s goal is to make it accessible.


By the end, the crowd had increased by at least a factor of three — people spilled out across the carpet and surrounded the concession stand. Scow explained the mission of Classical Revolution and announced the group’s intent to offer free concerts throughout the Bay Area. “Noe Valley!” someone shouted in the audience. “Bayview!” another echoed. “Oakland!” The other musicians smiled sheepishly. They’d launched their group as a muse, and become de facto arts boosters in the process. Well, that’s certainly revolutionary.