Kids 4 Harmony to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts  

Pittsfield Casual Concert
Tuesday, June 4th at 5:30 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
74 First Street, Pittsfield

Pittsfield, MA—Kids 4 Harmony, a program of 18 Degrees, is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support the program’s free community concerts. In total, the NEA will award 257 Challenge America awards totaling $2,570,000 announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.   

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to Kids 4 Harmony, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”    

“As a program of 18 Degrees, Kids 4 Harmony is rooted in community building and creating access,” said President and CEO of 18 Degrees Stephanie Steed. “These funds will support our ability to share the talents of our young musicians with the greater community in a welcoming environment.”  

Thanks to funding from the NEA, Kids 4 Harmony students will prepare for and perform a free community concert on June 4 at 5:30 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church at 74 First St in Pittsfield, MA. This concert will show all the hard work and dedication of our students throughout the academic year. The concert will feature Copland’s Simple Gifts, Meyer’s Pieces of Eight, and Price’s The Old Boatman. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned enthusiast, 18 Degrees invites you to join us at this incredible performance of string music.  

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit  

To learn more about this concert or Kids 4 Harmony, please call Sarah Frederick at (413) 448-8281 ext 233. A full list of Kids 4 Harmony spring performances can be found on our website.

This concert is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit