The Primavera Fund
Envisioning a world in which every young musician is given the opportunity to succeed


Envisioning a world in which every young musician has the opportunity to succeed

As Philadelphia’s premier merit-based program for financially challenged young, aspiring musicians, we provide individualized, focused support, resources, and access to the best educational opportunities in Philadelphia and beyond. We prepare each Primavera Artist for acceptance into the world's top conservatories and university music programs.

Our Directors and staff work closely with every Primavera Artist’s parents, private instructors, and youth orchestra and chamber music directors to make sure that our students are afforded every opportunity for growth.  With a combined thirty years of educational and professional experience, we designed our program to offer the highest level of support to each young Artist. 

When you are part of The Primavera Fund, you have everything.
— Lily Mell, violinist

We give our Artists

personalized attention

We view each Primavera Artist as an individual and we tailor our program to suit their individual needs. In addition to their primary focus, some compose, conduct, or play jazz. We encourage each Artist to pursue their unique interests.

tools and resources    

With a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Norman Holland-Hull, we furnish every Artist with their own professional quality instrument from the Norman Holland-Hull Instrument Library. 


The Primavera Artists are a unique group of extremely talented students. We foster the feeling of inclusion with group classes, performances, and workshops designed to address their individual needs and concerns as young musicians.


Every Artist receives weekly private lessons with the best teachers in Philadelphia, and financial support for youth orchestras, chamber music programs, and intensive summer programs. Philadelphia has trained some of the world's finest musicians, and the tradition continues for our Artists.


Our graduating Artists are accepted into music programs at Universities and Conservatories. Some are the first in their family to attend college. They have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Italy and Iceland, among other triumphs. 


Almost 40% of Philadelphia's children live in poverty. While the dream of a life on stage can seem a world away in this environment, with the right guidance and tools for success, we take them out of a life of limited choices.

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Inspiring Excellence: The Primavera Dream
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This month's featured Primavera Artist

Violinist Akili Farrow is one of the first Primavera Artists to be accepted into the Fund. She came to us from Play On, Philly three years ago and has made the most dramatic progress that we have ever seen since beginning weekly lessons with Jennifer K Lee. After only four months of regular lessons and hard work, Akili was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Summer Music Program and won a grant from the Marian Anderson Award. Just last week she won the coveted spot of Principal Second Violin of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra! Akili is preparing for her college auditions now, and we have every confidence that she will go on to have a rich and fulfilling life as a musician. 



Get in touch with us to learn how you can become a partner in helping their dreams come true.


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Are you ready to make a real difference? We are always in need of supporters, cheerleaders, and advocates! Do you have an instrument that you would like to put in the hands of a young musician? Are you a business owner who would like to collaborate with us and show your community spirit?

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5225 Greene Street Unit 17 Philadelphia, PA 19144


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