Michael Tilson Thomas has been honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been chosen to receive the 2016 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts. The award is given to a resident of the United States who has rendered notable service to the arts, with previous recipients including philanthropists, curators, performers, dance company directors, book and magazine publishers, and elected officials.
The Academy’s purpose is to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by identifying and nurturing individual exceptional artists. This is done by administering awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding stage readings and performances of new works, and purchasing works of art to be donated to museums.
We all at Askonas Holt send Michael Tilson Thomas our hearty congratulations!
More information on the Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 2016 is available here