December 13, 2019
Ten Greater Boston Nonprofits Get $200K to Boost Youth Arts

September 14, 2019 — The Shout Syndicate, a collaboration of Boston music and arts industry professionals in partnership with The Boston Foundation and the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture, yesterday announced it has awarded $200,000 in initial grants to 10 Greater Boston nonprofit arts organizations that focus on creative youth development.

Each of the 10 nonprofits, which operate in Boston neighborhoods, will receive $20,000 to produce youth-led arts programs in disciplines including music, dance, theatre, and visual/media/literary arts during the 2019-2020 school year.

The grants also cover stipends for participating youth to receive hourly wages, so they don't need to choose between an after-school job or an arts program.

The grantees are:
  • 826 Boston
  • Cambridge Community Center
  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
  • Raw Art Works
  • Sociedad Latina
  • The Theater Offensive
  • Transformative Culture Project
  • Urbano Project
"Congratulations to this first group of grantees, and thank you for your dedication to enhancing creative youth development in Boston," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "The Shout Syndicate has already become a central part of our arts strategy in the City of Boston. Together we're making progress in improving access to the arts in and out of schools, and I'm grateful to everyone who helped us make it a reality."

Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO of The Boston Foundation, said, "The Boston Foundation is proud to support and partner with The Shout Syndicate on this new funding opportunity. These 10 grantees are among the very best organizations in youth arts in our region. We applaud Mayor Walsh for noting the need for a new fund in this sector, and we look forward to seeing the outstanding projects that will come from these grants."

The Shout Syndicate was formed in mid-2017 as a vehicle to develop new funders and supporters for Boston’s creative youth development ecology through the local for-profit performing arts sector and national field.

The program aims to provide grants to proven, high-quality creative youth development organizations in need of funding support for youth-centered programming, and provide youth with the opportunity to create and produce artwork of their own making, with stipends provided so they can dedicate time during out-of-school hours.

Greater Boston nonprofits are eligible to apply for grants through the program, with priority given to community-based organizations with annual budgets of $2 million or less which employ local teaching artists.

New donors to the fund include The Emerson Colonial Theatre/The Ambassador Theatre Group and concert promoters The Bowery Presents. They join a list of supporting producers, promoters and venues, including Don Law/Live Nation New England, Broadway in Boston, the Foundation to Be Named Later and the Boston Foundation, and artists and performers like Judd Apatow, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Frank Turner and Letters to Cleo, as well as more than 200 individual donors.

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