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Lakes Area Music Festival receives grant

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National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the arts endowment's first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019, including an Art Works grant of $10,000 to the Lakes Area Music Festival.

Art Works is the arts endowment's principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking.

"The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal and to celebrate," said Carter.

Of the award, LAMF Artistic and Executive Director Scott Lykins said, "Anyone who has attended our performances in recent years has experienced the result of a strong organization connecting exceptionally talented musicians with a supportive community. It is an honor to be judged alongside leading ensembles nationwide and to receive credit for not only our artistic excellence, but also for our unique commitment to making live music performance accessible.

"Having the National Endowment for the Arts recognize the achievements of the Festival is a testament to, and a celebration of, the combined dedication of so many individuals who will make our eleventh annual season this summer a success."

Each summer the Lakes Area Music Festival brings more than 160 all-star musicians from top orchestras and opera companies around the world to perform three weeks of classical music performances in the Brainerd lakes area. From chamber music and symphonic orchestra to productions of opera and ballet, and drawing thousands of attendees each year, LAMF has become one of the most significant summertime destinations for classical music in the Midwest.

For more information about the Lakes Area Music Festival, visit