World-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman, winner of Genesis 2016, donates 3.2 million shekels to the project, which aims to open people with physical disabilities a way to experience music and art and to encourage its development in Israel.
When receiving the prize «Genesis» (Genesis Prize) in June this year in Jerusalem, Yitzhak Perlman has announced that it will use the proceeds of the prize Fund for the development of classical art and its accessibility for persons with disabilities. Today, September 12, Itzhak Perlman appealed to the Israeli charitable and community organizations acting in this sphere, urging them to join the initiative «Spirit without borders» (Unlimited Spirit) under the control of well-known charitable center «Matan — United Way».
«Fiddler of the planet,» Itzhak Perlman became the first Israeli winner of «Genesis». This award he won for superior achievement in music activities in support of disabled people and commitment to Jewish values. 3.2 million shekels from the prize pool will be donated to Israeli organizations operating in the fields of education, culture and social development. Israeli partner of Itzhak Perlman, a charity center «Matan — United Way, who took on himself the management of the funds the prize pool and the selection process of organizations that will receive support. General Director of «Matan» Ahava Ani will lead the Commission for allocation of funds donated by Itzhak Perlman.
In his video message to the Israeli public on YouTube Itzhak Perlman said: «the Prize «Genesis» is a great honor and no less a privilege — the right to sacrifice it to the needs of society in General and to enrich the cultural life of people with disabilities in particular.»
940 thousand shekels of 3.2 million will be invested in the project «Strings Perlman-the Genesis» at the tel Aviv Conservatory. We are talking about a five-year programme support for outstanding young performers on stringed instruments. 188 thousand shekels will be provided by the public organization «Beit ha-Galgalim and 94 thousand shekels — the cultural center «Chicago» in Lod.
The main part in the amount of 2 million NIS. designed to support projects which aim to open people with physical disabilities a way to experience music and art. «Matan — United Way will distribute these funds in the framework of the contest, which will select the best projects in accordance with the creed of the Prize Genesis — Itzhak Perlman.
Organizations wishing to participate in the competition are invited to the website long-term to review the eligibility criteria and required documentation.
General Director of «Matan — United Way Ahuva Ani: «We are delighted with this expression of confidence in our organizational and professional abilities. Thanks to the winner of the «Genesis» Itzhak Perlman the Israeli third sector has a unique opportunity, and I invite all organizations working in this field, to participate in our contest «.
Deputy General Director of the Foundation award «Genesis» Sana Britavskaya: «We are proud that the prize «Genesis» was a decisive factor in the implementation of worldview Itzhak Perlman in Israel. The new initiative is a direct continuation of its activities on the development of art and support of people with disabilities in the spirit of high values of the Jewish people. I’m sure part of the charity center «Matan» in this project, his reputation and experience will ensure the success of the initiative «Spirit without borders» for the benefit of all Israelis with disabilities «.
It is noted that the remaining funds of the prize Fund with an additional donation from businessman and philanthropist Roman Abramovich (only $ 1 million.) will the decision Itzhak Perlman directed to the creation of a Fund for the implementation of this initiative in North America together with the international organization Jewish Funders Network, set himself the task to mobilize the same amount among its members.