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Music permeates the Jewish experience. From vibrant klezmer chords, to the solemn chant of the Kol Nidre prayer, to the buoyant creations of the creators of the words and music that became the “Great American Songbook.”

And JCC Association wants your JCC to explore where music and the North American Jewish experience intersect by participating in Making Music Happen, the Soundtrack of Jewish Life in North America, a Centennial Celebration grant opportunity from JCC Association.

“Music is a powerful platform to inspire creativity, collaboration and community,” says Randy Ellen Lutterman, JCC Association vice president of arts and culture. “Making Music Happen encourages JCCs to celebrate the past and future of Jewish life in their JCC and across North America through music.”

The deadline to submit proposals to JCC Association is July 22. This opportunity provides grants ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 that will be awarded to affiliated JCCs to help underwrite projects that highlight Jewish music’s contribution to arts and culture over the past 100 years. Projects must take place between Jan. 1 and Sept. 20, 2017. Grants will be awarded by Sept. 16, 2016.

Music is a powerful platform to inspire creativity, collaboration and community.

The grant has been made possible by Marvin J. Pertzik, in cooperation with the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, and is designed to take place in 2017, JCC Association’s Centennial year. The project recognizes the power of music over the years, as an intrinsic piece of the North American Jewish cultural fabric.

Projects are only limited by a JCC’s imagination. Lutterman encourages JCCs to explore and explain how they will use a creative approach. In their proposals, JCCs can detail how they will use a universal Jewish musical genre, but present an aspect unique to the community, interweave the project throughout the J, and provide staff support for it. Most importantly, they must document the music-making experience from start to completion and share the project with the community.

“We want to encourage JCCs to muster all their creativity, individuality and enthusiasm to craft fun, shareable projects,” says Lutterman. “This is a unique opportunity that will allow JCCs and our movement to participate in our centennial, and to conceive and produce something that might not otherwise take place if there were no funding.”

For more details and an online application, visit jccassociation.org/jcc_music_rfp. Once the RFP is completed please email MakingMusicHappen@jcca.org for more information.

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