The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded the Aiken Symphony Guild a $5,517 grant for the 2012–2013 fiscal year.

“We are pleased to receive this grant from the Arts Commission,” said Guild President Sheryl Phillips. “This award helps fund the classical music performances and music education programs the Guild presents in Aiken.”

The Guild is an all-volunteer organization that presents three symphonic performances each year in Aiken. The Guild also presents a Children’s Concert Series for the entire fifth-grade student population in Aiken and Edgefield counties. This year, the Guild held four concerts for 2,500 students, teachers and chaperones with 100 percent participation from all the public elementary schools in Aiken and Edgefield.

Guild members volunteer their time, talent and money to bring a musical experience to the community. Membership is open to all who share this mission.

The Guild is grateful to the South Carolina Arts Commission for its support, and to the individuals, businesses and schools in Aiken and Edgefield who attend the Guild’s concerts and lecture series.

The Guild wishes to recognize its corporate sponsors, whose gifts help the Guild meet its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars: Security Federal Bank, Aiken Regional Medical Centers/Palmetto Pediatric Center, Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center, URS and Aiken Dermatology.

Without its many corporate and individual donors, the Guild would not be able to carry out its mission.

Aiken residents who wish to get a first-hand look at how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the community are welcome to attend any Symphony Guild performances, lectures or demonstrations. The next concert is Saturday. For tickets, call the Etherredge Center Box Office at 641-3305.