New World Symphony gift to underwrite “New Ventures”

By Lawrence Budmen

Robert and Diane Moss

Robert and Diane Moss

The New World Symphony announced this week that longtime patrons Robert and Diane Moss have contributed $500,000 to inaugurate a “Fund for New Ventures.” The fund will provide artistic risk capital for the Miami Beach-based orchestral academy’s innovative new programs, projects, productions and experiments at their earliest stage of development.

In a press release, Robert Moss stated “The idea of developing such a fund came to us when I thought about the freedom and flexibility that could be afforded to NWS via a dedicated resource for seed funding.” Funds will be utilized to leverage facilities of the New World Center and the expertise of NWS staff for unique artistic and educational content at the test and execution stages.

New World artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas said “I often dream of projects that fit our mission but require risk. At NWS agility has high value. The fund will allow us to pursue strong ideas quickly and efficiently. This gift is a significant breakthrough in the process of bringing our ideas from concept to reality.”

A former corporate executive, Robert Moss has served on the NWS board since 2001. Diane Moss was the executive director, CEO and president of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation which was founded by her great aunt, cosmetics magnate Helena Rubinstein. She has been an active contributor to cultural organizations in New York and Miami. The funds come from the Mosses’ donor-advised fund at the Miami Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Philanthropic Fund.


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