Trenton Music Makers is the beneficiary of a Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute award of $30,000 and has been installed as a member of PlayUSA 2019-’20.

The Weill Music Institute is Carnegie Hall’s music-education program named in recognition of a $24.7 million gift from the financier and former Carnegie Hall chairman Sanford I. Weill and his wife, Joan.

Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA supports national instrumental music education projects designed to engage students from low-income and underserved communities and provides project leaders and instructors with support and training from Carnegie Hall staff.

Its grants are designed to underwrite teaching fees for music instruction; purchase or rental of musical instruments as well as instrumental repair; and other programmatic costs.

The Trenton Music Makers was one of 17 organizations from 15 states selected to participate.

Modeled on the El Sistema youth orchestras founded in Venezuela, participation in the Trenton Music Makers Orchestra is available at no charge to students in grades 2 through 12 who make a deep time commitment.

For more information on the Trenton Music Makers: 609-394-8700 or

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