DE Music School to Receive $10,000 to Present Butterfly Lovers Concerto

Senator Carper Announces Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Wilmington, DE – The Delaware Music School (DMS) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Senator Tom Carper announced today. With the money, the DMS will partner with the University of Delaware to present the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, a multimedia production that recreates a popular Chinese fairytale for the western world using a piano accompaniment, violin solo, a synchronized visual presentation and dramatic reading. “This money will enable the Delaware Music School to bring the arts to the southern region of our state, which is diverse, rural, and the fastest growing region in Delaware,” said Senator Tom Carper. “It is extremely important that all people have the opportunity to experience the rich, cultural world of the arts.” For over 23 years, the DMS has provided quality private music lessons and an early childhood curriculum which revolves around music. The DMS offers scholarships to students, children and adults who would like to pursue music and does this at free or reduced rates to daycares and pre-schoolers for their early education programs. In April of 2004, the DMS hosted a NEA Grants Workshop with Senator Carper to discuss NEA grant programs with Delaware’s arts organizations. In June, Senator Carper wrote a letter of support to the NEA for the Delaware Music School’s grant application.