PRESS RELEASE - ONTARIO TRILLIAM FOUNDATION GRANT RECOGNITION
$71,500 OTF Grant Helps RESOUND Choir to Thrive During Pandemic
Oshawa, ON (February 16, 2022) – In late 2020, RESOUND Choir learned that it was the recipient of a $71,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to help it rebuild and recover from the effects of the pandemic. Over the last year, RESOUND Choir has been working hard to continue creating and performing high quality choral music for musicians and local audiences through one of the most challenging and difficult times in recent history.
“RESOUND Choir has been a place for folks of different ages, backgrounds, and experience to gather in a shared love and appreciation of music,” said Jennifer French, MPP for Oshawa. “In a time where so many of us have had to stay apart to keep our community safe, the work that RESOUND has done to bring community together has not gone unnoticed. While the pandemic has presented challenges to the Live Arts, thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund, RESOUND will be able to continue fulfilling its dual mandate of choral performance and meaningful community outreach. Thank you RESOUND for giving us something to sing about! I am pleased to offer my congratulations to RESOUND.”
Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, RESOUND Choir was able to hire Choral Scholars and Interns to enrich its programming, purchase choir risers for future live performances and outdoor events, and the grant helped to buy recording and video equipment to help deliver online programming.
“Using OTF resources has allowed RESOUND to reimagine and adapt rehearsals, performances, engagement and connection throughout the pandemic to a virtual platform and has positioned the choir to emerge from the pandemic intact, thriving and ready to reconnect with its in-person audience and local community,” said Kim Alexander, President of RESOUND Choir.
RESOUND is committed to preserving the equipment obtained through this grant and utilizing it for future performances with the continued aim to seek out opportunities to make meaningful contributions in the area – providing choral workshops and performance opportunities for singers, hiring early-career instrumentalists, soloists and conductors, premiering the works of Canadian composers, partnering with front-line community service organizations, and collaborating with dancers, visual artists and youth groups in the region.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Anna Hughes, Business Manager