New York: $9 Million in Grants to Support Live Performance

New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first of four rounds of grant awards to 438 performance organizations across New York State.  In this round, 773 grants were awarded through the “Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants” program, developed by the New York State Council on the Arts.  In addition, nearly $2 million was distributed to NYSCA’s Statewide Community Regrant partners to support performances in local communities around the state.  In total, nearly $9 million was awarded through NYSCA’s Restart NY program.

To date, nearly $30 million of the State’s historic $105 million investment in the arts has been distributed through NYSCA’s Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants, NYSCA’s Statewide Community Regrant partners, and through multi-year awards.

“The pandemic has deeply impacted New York’s unparalleled artistic community, specifically live performers, performance organizations and venues,” Governor Cuomo said.  “NYSCA’s accelerated grants are a powerful affirmation of our commitment to support the return of arts and culture.  This investment in our artistic industry will pay dividends through the economic activity generated by our creative ecosystem, which will continue to flourish and inspire us as we work together to reimagine our future.”

The 773 grants administered by NYSCA will support the return of live performance, an area that has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a rapid response to the field’s urgent needs, the application period and approval process was achieved in an unparalleled, expedited timeline.  Through the Restart NY: Rapid Performance Grants program, NYSCA will administer this vital aid to catalyze the return of near-term live performances.  At least 60 percent of each grant award will provide compensation for artistic and or creative professionals.

A complete list of recipients is available here.