Hamilton, ON – In August 2021, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) received $250,000 Community Building Fund – Operating stream grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant supported HPO in achieving its mandate to bring music-based concerts, events and education to the community, even through continued turbulent times caused by the pandemic.

The funding was used to support staffing and musician costs, the investment of audio and video recording equipment, and the adaptation of concert recordings into education and outreach videos for ongoing use. With the addition of the new equipment, HPO has been able to bring the joy of music to a wider audience.

“This investment from The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant is vital to our ability to achieve our mission as a music-based arts organization in the Hamilton region,” said Kim Varian, Executive Director of the HPO. “This grant has allowed us to bring music-based programs to thousands of people of all ages in our community, and to adapt concerts and performances for educational purposes for years to come.”

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra exists to enhance the lives of people living in the greater Hamilton region through inspiring and exciting orchestral experiences. This is achieved through a variety of programs throughout the community, aimed at providing opportunities for orchestra lovers and orchestra newcomers alike to learn about, enjoy and engage with their city’s professional symphony. For more information about the HPO’s online concerts and events, visit hpo.org.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has 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.

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Megan Nourse, Marketing and Communications Manager
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
905-526-1677 x209

Published November 8, 2022