Detroit Symphony Orchestra Awarded $1 Million Grant from the Hudson-Webber Foundation


DETROIT, (July 26, 2010) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been named the recipient of a $1,080,000 grant from the Hudson-Webber Foundation to support the core operations and mission of the DSO.

The grant, to be distributed over four years in increments of $270,000, will be awarded in 2010 with remaining payments in the following three years contingent upon factors that include the DSO’s successful resolution of current negotiations around bank debt restructuring and a new labor contract with orchestra members.

“We are grateful to the Hudson-Webber Foundation for being model partners. They have agreed to provide much- needed operating resources even as we work to achieve long-term financial viability,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO.

About Hudson-Webber

The Hudson-Webber Foundation was established in 1943 with major contributions from Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Webber, other members of the Webber family, and The J. L. Hudson Company.  The Foundation currently has assets of approximately $150 million and concentrates its efforts and resources in the City of Detroit with a focus on greater downtown Detroit.  The mission areas of the Foundation include support of physical revitalization, economic development, arts and safety.

As part of the broader mission, a focus of current foundation work and giving includes 15×15 – a shared vision to not only attract 15,000 young, talented households to greater downtown Detroit by 2015, but to also articulate to the area and the region the positive impact that influx would have. To learn more about Hudson-Webber and 15×15 visit

About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists.  Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season.  The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals.  The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, inside the Max M. Fisher Music Center and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit

One Response to “Detroit Symphony Orchestra Awarded $1 Million Grant from the Hudson-Webber Foundation”

  1. Where would we be without the efforts and actions of the Foundations in this town? Thanks to Hudson-Webber for its depth of understanding, generosity, wisdom, vision, guidance and dedication to doing everything in its power to help Detroit and its cultural institutions survive, and hopefully thrive, through these incredibly difficult times. The DSO deserves this vote of confidence and Hudson Webber deserves our undying gratitude.

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