DETROIT – The Ford Foundation is boosting the struggling Detroit Symphony Orchestra with a three-year, $1 million grant to help expand its donor base.
The money from the New York-based foundation will support the symphony's fundraising and marketing initiatives based around music director Leonard Slatkin.
Symphony President Anne Parsons tells the Detroit Free Press that Ford foundation officials see the symphony "going in the right direction."
The symphony has seen its donations fall, endowment shrink and ticket sales soften. It has had layoffs, pay cuts and canceled programs this year.