Twenty Mass. Cultural Nonprofits Get $1.26M to Sustain Operations

June 27, 2020 — Twenty Massachusetts theater, dance, and arts-related organizations, from the Berkshires to the Cape and islands, recently shared in $1,260,000 granted to them by the Shubert Foundation, part of a nationwide effort to support operations at nonprofit performing arts organizations.

"The awards this year represent a record number of grants," said Diana Phillips, president of The Shubert Foundation. "Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the field, creating the greatest need in the history of the foundation. We hope that the general operating support the foundation provides will be particularly meaningful at this uniquely difficult time."

The Massachusetts grants, which ranged from $15,000 to $250,000, benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations, from large to small, from urban to rural.

The foundation said it especially wanted to provide support to professional resident theatre and dance companies that develop and produce new American work.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge: $250,000
  • ArtsBoston, Boston: $30,000
  • Arts Emerson, Boston: $30,000
  • Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield: $90,000
  • Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield: $60,000
  • Boston Ballet, Boston: $95,000
  • Cape Cod Repertory Theatre, Brewster: $15,000
  • Central Square Theater, Cambridge: $25,000
  • Company One, Boston: $20,000
  • Gloucester Stage, Gloucester: $20,000
  • Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham: $20,000
  • Huntington Theatre Company, Boston: $170,000
  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket: $80,000
  • Lyric Stage Company, Boston: $30,000
  • Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Vineyard Haven: $15,000
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell: $45,000
  • New Repertory Theatre, Watertown: $40,000
  • Shakespeare & Company, Lenox: $35,000
  • Speakeasy Stage Company, Boston: $40,000
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown: $150,000

The new funding comes at a propitious moment, as Massachusetts cultural nonprofits have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) released results of a recently completed survey, which found that to that point Bay States cultural nonprofits had lost revenues totaling $264,799,746 since the epidemic Massachusetts, and 62% reporting making decisions to layoff or furlough employees or reduce their hours or wages.

Since then, the cultural sector across the state has continued to shed jobs and cancel indoor and outdoor events and fundraisers.