Minnesota Public Radio and its parent company, American Public Media, have received a $10 million donation, one of the single largest gifts to any public radio station in the country, officials announced Wednesday. The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, is a longtime supporter of the company.
Classical music and music education, particular passions of the donor, will receive a chunk of the funding, said MPR’s director of communications, Angie Andresen.
It remains unclear specifically how much of the donation MPR will receive, or whether it will affect staffing.
The gift comes on the heels of a downsizing this summer that resulted in the layoffs of 10 MPR staffers.
St. Paul-based APM, one of the largest producers of public radio programming, also downsized in recent months, selling its three-station classical network in Florida and cutting nearly a dozen jobs.