Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have awarded $13 million in grants from the fund which grew out of the New York State Attorney General's settlements with major record companies that were investigate

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have awarded $13 million in grants from the fund which grew out of the New York State Attorney General's settlements with major record companies that were investigated for payola violations.

The first 153 grants from the New York State Music Fund, formed to make contemporary music more available and accessible to diverse audiences and communities within the state, were made to nonprofit groups for programs ranging from hip-hop to new classical music, and from jazz to folk music.

Recipients of the grants include:

· City Parks Foundation (New York City), which received $230,000 to expand free concerts to low-income neighborhoods in all five boroughs of New York City showcasing hip-hop, reggae, soul, funk, blues, Latin American and jazz music;

· Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo), which received $150,000 for increased programming of experimental and new music to be presented in the Church, its new space featuring concerts, residencies, new works and recordings;

· Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (Bronx), which received $90,000 for "Bomplenazo 2006: A Biennial of Afro-Puerto-Rican Culture" and the "Mott Haven Latin Jazz Connection," two festivals celebrating the African and Latin musical roots of the South Bronx;

· Mama Foundation for the Arts for Gospel for Teens (Harlem), which received $30,000 for a community-based music education program stressing artistic discipline and commitment by training aspiring teens in this uniquely American musical form - $30,000;

· North Country Public Radio (Adirondack Region), which received $330,000 for “UpNorth Music,” a collaborative project with regional arts councils to record, archive, broadcast and podcast all genres of music by artists living and working in New York’s North Country;

· Syracuse Jazz Fest, which received $39,000, and annually features legendary artists such as David Fathead Newman, Dr. John, Ahmad Jamal, Diana Krall, Richie Havens, Jimmy Heath, Aaron Neville and the Ramsey Lewis Trio, among others.

“This first round of grants, in its geographic breadth and diversity of exciting programs, represents a significant step in achieving the fund’s goals to enable people all across the state to experience the joy of music, and especially to learn about new forms of music,” said Jessica Chao, VP of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the nonprofit organization that developed and manages the grant program.

The fund published guidelines and criteria, and received 304 applications for its first cycle. Awards to the 153 grantees ranged from $15,000 to $750,000. Applications for the second cycle of grants are due by Sept. 12 and will be announced in late December. Applications are available at rockpa.org/music.