Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Peter Ostroushko
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ostroushko will streamline his creative process by learning Finale, a software product for composers. Using this new tool he will create a prototype book, Peter Ostroushkos's Original Songs, and host a public lecture about his work.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Christopher Atzinger: International pianist; David Moore: Composer, vocal arranger, educator, and conductor; Founder of a capella ensemble, Dare to Breathe, Saint Paul; Nirmala Rajasekar: Musician, Teacher, South Indian Music; Terry Ruud: English and writing instructor, M-State, Fergus Falls; Albra Thao: Spoken word and hip hop artist; Jacquelynn Tinsley: Singer; Faith Udeh: Hip hop rock artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To become proficient in using composing software to create and arrange music, which will expand and develop my artistic abilities as a musician. I will know that my desired outcome has been successfully attained when I use the composing software to compose two new pieces of music and when I notate twenty pieces of music from past compositions. 2: Create a prototype book of 20 compositions to be used by musicians and hold a workshop on composing to engage the public and other artists. I will consult with other musicians on my book of compositions about how to use it as a learning tool. The demonstration and workshop on my creative process in composing will have opportunities to engage with musicians in the audience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In my estimation, this grant has been a complete success. I have learned new skills to help me in my artistic process — abilities that a year ago I never thought I could accomplish. It took a lot of hard work and many hours, but I believe that I’ve put myself on track to continue developing and advancing these new skills. I am well on my way to using the Finale software to aid in my composing, and I am becoming a better artist on the keyboard. I’m also seeing the results of my work through the students that I teach and the music that I now have available to whoever would like access to it. The whole process has been very rewarding. 2: During my grant period, I was commissioned by a music professor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato to write a piece of music for his college orchestra. We worked on the arrangement together. And since we both used Final software, we were able to communicate our ideas and hear our progress on the piece, even though we were in different parts of the state. This opened my eyes to the many possibilities that exist for me to share and work on music with others, not only from Minnesota, but globally. I am currently working on two projects that, when completed, will be published and available to the public.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Peter Ostroushko
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