The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service



Applications are now closed – check back in April for our announcement of the 2017 award recipients!

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is renewed for a second year in recognition of orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. This work takes place in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income/at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.

The program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards, which will include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to his or her home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.

The awardees and their orchestras will receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, 2017.Musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation featuring their award-winning work.

Awardees will be notified in April, 2017.

Download and post this flyer to help publicize the awards! This customizable poster has white space at the bottom for you to add your local contact information.

To download the awards guidelines, click here.

To download the nomination letter of understanding, click here.

To access the online application portal, click here.

To read a Symphony magazine article about last year's recipients, click here.

Questions? Contact Mi Ryung Song at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service mark the League’s second partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was previously the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.

2016 Awardees

Five exemplary orchestra musicians were presented with the inaugural Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore on June 10, 2016. Read the press announcement and an article in Symphony magazine.


Check out the webinar presentation, which features all five awardees and is moderated by Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc. 


Penny Anderson Brill
Michael & Carol Bleier Chair
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Photo Credit: Alicia Dal Lago


Shannon Orme
Bass Clarinet
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Photo Credit: Cybelle Codish


Jeff Paul
Principal Oboist
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Photo Credit: Jeff Paul


Brian Prechtl
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Beth Vandervennet
Oakland Symphony

Photo Credit: Seano Whitecloud