View Mobile Site
Text Size: Smaller Larger Normal
Friends 2 Follow photo f2f banner_zpsxhrst2or.jpg

Settlement sends funds to state art groups

Settlement sends funds to state art groups

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra was awarded $15,000 for a program to introduce children to classical music. The grant was part of a larger fund from the California Arts Council and the state Attorne...


POSTED October 17, 2009 1:46 a.m.
An anti-trust lawsuit settlement against music distributors has resulted in a windfall for art organizations throughout California, including the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the California Arts Council announced that 43 local arts organizations will be awarded $549,000 to present free or inexpensive public concerts throughout California with funds obtained from a 2003 anti-trust settlement.
“Music has a universal appeal, bringing people together and creating a community spirit,” Brown said. “Through these concerts, we hope to bring a small measure of joy into local communities and encourage cultural development.”
The lawsuit was filed by former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and other state attorney generals and alleged that five major music distributors and three national retail chains conspired a price-fixing scheme that prevented other retailers from advertising discounted prices.
In 2003, the defendants in the suit settled with the state. As part of the court-approved settlement, the defendants had to pay $67 million in cash and $75.7 million worth in CDs, according to the attorney general’s office.
A total of 665,000 music CDs, worth $9 million, have been donated to public schools, colleges, and libraries. Restitution in the amount of $13.86 was awarded to California consumers who filed claims. After the settlement was distributed, $549,000 remained, which was given to the California Arts Council to establish a one-time music grant program.
“The California Arts Council is delighted to have partnered with the Attorney General’s Office to provide the state’s citizens with the opportunity to experience the joy of live performances from California’s many genres of music,” said Muriel Johnson, director of the California Arts Council.
The California Arts Council reviewed over 160 applications and selected 43 non-profit organizations from 39 California counties for the grants.
Representing Stanislaus County, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra was awarded $15,000 that will be used for a program that treats school children to free musical performances, said Tom Smith, the symphony’s president and chief executive officer.
“We were very pleased that we were one of the organizations designated for these funds,” Smith said. “This will enhance our ability to bring music to those who might not ever get the opportunity to experience it.”
The program is called Open Rehearsal and it allows school children to attend the final  dress rehearsal before one of the symphony’s shows at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
“It’s a great opportunity for kids to see an orchestra up close and experience the music,” Smith said.
Schools interested in participating in the Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s program can call 523-4156 for more information.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting is not available.

Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share
Commenting not available.

Please wait ...