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Pandemic Relief Music Award will celebrate 20 years of operation in August 2021 and wants to give back to some of those suffering during the
COVID-19 pandemic. For 2021, we will be promoting select classical and jazz musicians each month on our website and with a cash stipend. Here are the Application Requirements.

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March 2021 Recipient: Six Mile Strings

February 2021 Recipient: Westbound Situation

Application Requirements

March 2021 Recipient: Six Mile Strings

Six Mile Strings is a string quartet of friends (Yuri Popowycz, Natalie Frakes, Alycia Wilder and Tom Sullivan) who focus on performing classical and contemporary works. They aim to expand the scope and artistry of the traditional string quartet by working with artists of many genres and across disciplines. They have worked with a number of Detroit-based artists spanning different genres including Greater Alexander, De'Sean Jones, Michael Malis, Madelyn Grant, Mario Sulaksana, Drew Schultz and more.

Projects in-the-works include an anthology of pieces composed by friends during quarantine, recording sessions with CASHFORGOLD and Anti-Philosophy, a live-streamed concert at Ste. Anne de Detroit, collaborating with Wayne State's art department to set illustration to an original piece and concert planning for premieres of pieces with Eisenhower Dance Detroit.

Beyond the concert stage, all four musicians are social activists and educators and the quartet works to catalyze generative conversations that support the reinvention and reimagining of the classical string quartet through unique performance and active community engagement.


Six Mile Strings - Marc Mellits String Quartet No. 5: Waniyetu

Follow 6MS on Instagram to stay updated on their projects! More music can also be found on their YouTube channel.

February 2021 Recipient: Westbound Situation

Westbound Situation blends the precision of classical chamber music, the rhythmic drive of bluegrass and the colorful expression of jazz into a new style of chamber music—chambergrass. The quartet—comprised of Grant Flick on violin, Jake Howard on mandolin, Zach Brown on cello and Jacob Warren on bass—mixes composition and improvisation seamlessly into their entirely memorized arrangements.


Westbound Situation - Griffin

Listen to the group perform on YouTube or on their Spotify channel. Their newest release, Pilot, is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

Application Requirements:

To apply for a pandemic relief music award:
  1. The musician/ensemble must be based in the United States of America or Canada.
  2. The musician/ensemble must provide a media sample.
  3. The musician/ensemble must have a website or Facebook page that can be linked to.
  4. The musician/ensemble must have at least 2 or more audio/video recordings available via audio CD, online playlist, etc.

Apply here!

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