Community Music School Receives $13k NEA Grant

Dec. 13, 2013

ST. LOUIS - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded a $13,000 Art Works Grant Tuesday for the Preparatory Program (PREP) at Webster University’s Community Music School (CMS). PREP is the pinnacle of CMS’ programs and serves its most advanced students who wish to pursue a career in music performance or education.

PREP augments individual lessons and emphasizes the study of chamber music and career preparation, coached by the best professional musicians in the area. Students study music theory, literature, and engage in music research/writing and community service.

“We are pleased that the NEA has chosen to offer continued support of our program and recognizes its importance to the community and to the arts in St. Louis,” said Carol Commerford, director of the CMS. “These funds will help us continue to provide students in our region with music education and performance opportunities of the highest caliber.”

Since 1925, the Webster University’s CMS has offered outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities in the St. Louis region and beyond. The programs are designed to take a student from pre-school through adulthood with classes that are taught by professional musicians and master teachers.

According to the NEA, Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding.   Of those applications, 895 were recommended for grants for a total of $23.4 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at For more information on CMS, visit