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July 9, 2020
 
Massachusetts Nonprofits Share $3.3M to Ease Impact of Casinos
Mass Cultural Council
May 23, 2020 — The Mass Cultural Council on Thursday announced it has granted $3,323,000 to 52 nonprofit and publicly owned performing arts centers across the state to help mitigate the challenges they face when directly competing with resort casinos to book touring artists.

“When the Legislature considered the operation of resort-style casinos in Massachusetts almost a decade ago many were concerned with unintended consequences. While the influx of new gaming revenues into state coffers and the creation of new jobs was anticipated and welcome, many predicted performing arts centers would lose access to acts once they began competing with casinos to attract and book nationally-touring artists," said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council executive director. "This program was envisioned by the Legislature to protect and preserve the ability of those venues to compete."

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham: $1,000
  • American Repertory Theater, Cambridge: $115,141
  • ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, Boston: $154,523
  • Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Boston: $2,826
  • BAMS Fest, Boston: $3,327
  • Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield: $3,607
  • Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield: $7,196
  • Blues to Green, Huntington: $4,795
  • The Boch Center, Boston: $250,000
  • Boston Ballet, Boston: $77,539
  • Boston Baroque, Boston: $15,415
  • Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition, Cambridge: $63,886
  • Boston Lyric Opera Company, Boston: $42,939
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston: $250,000
  • Boston University Arts Initiative, Boston: $7,552
  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge: $1,000
  • The Cabot, Beverly: $229,481
  • Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Eastham: $8,915
  • Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston: $220,798
  • The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick: $39,412
  • Cotuit Center for the Arts, Barnstable: $16,183
  • The District Center for the Arts, Taunton: $1,447
  • Franklin Performing Arts Company, Franklin: $12,101
  • Global Arts Live, Cambridge: $71,106
  • Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham: $6,060
  • Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center, Plymouth: $34,511
  • Huntington Theatre Company, Boston: $66,474
  • KO Theater Works, Belchertown: $2,192
  • Lowell Festival Foundation, Lowell: $61,824
  • Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell: $180,628
  • The Lynn Auditorium, Lynn: $249,385
  • The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington: $67,197
  • Music Worcester, Worcester: $75,784
  • Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River: $90,693
  • The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, Nantucket: $9,518
  • New Bedford Festival Theatre, New Bedford: $3,693
  • New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Association, New Bedford: $2,361
  • New Repertory Theatre, Watertown: $4,915
  • The Northampton Academy of Music, Northampton: $2,195
  • Payomet Performing Arts Center, Truro: $69,141
  • Provincetown Jazz Festival, Orleans: $1,000
  • Rockport Music, Rockport: $113,230
  • South Shore Playhouse Associates, Cohasset: $250,000
  • Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield: $6,693
  • The Theater Offensive, Boston: $2,217
  • The Theater Project, West Springfield: $3,053
  • The Yard, Chilmark: $1,872
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center, Amherst: $31,909
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown: $12,080
  • Worcester Center for the Performing Arts, Worcester: $250,000
  • Your Theatre, New Bedford: $1,000
  • Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford: $123,240
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