Sing for Hope Awarded 2 Grants from New York State Council on the Arts, Continues to Lead Return to In-Person Healing Arts Programming in Region

 Featured Image Caption: Sing for Hope Director of Community Arts, Victoria Paterson, performs at Javits Center Climate Week

“As we continue rebuilding the arts across our New York, Sing for Hope will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem.”  

Mara Manus, Executive Director of New York State Council on the Arts 

Whitney La Grange (violin), Dave Mancuso (percussion), Peter Sachon (cello), Arti Dibble (violin), and SFH Director of Community Arts Victoria Paterson (violin) perform at an outdoor celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Henry Street Settlement 

Sing for Hope has been awarded two Regrowth and Capacity grants of $10,000 each from the New York State Council on the Arts. This grant will support the organization’s Healing Arts programming through support for artist fees and Sing for Hope’s Creative Aging Specialist and Director of Community Arts, Victoria Paterson, as Sing for Hope continues its ongoing recovery from pandemic challenges. 

This responsive funding of NYSCA is providing nearly 1000 organizations with over $13 million in recovery support in FY23, as part of their historic FY93 $90 million in grant making and $150 million in multi-year capital support. 

“This unprecedented funding continues our investment into the vital role that the arts contribute to the health of our economy, our communities and our citizens,” said Governor Kathy Hochul. “As we continue our comeback, we applaud the strength and innovation of arts organizations across the state and are all the better for their hard work and dedication.” 

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their historic investment of $240 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director of NYSCA. 

“Council congratulates Sing for Hope on their grant awards! These grants are from the people of New York State, for the future of New York State,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “Arts and culture are crucial to the health of our citizens and the economic vitality of our communities, and we recognize the contributions of NYSCA grantees to the lives of all New Yorkers.” 

This funding combines with the second year of Sing for Hope’s Organizational Support grant, for a total of $69,500 in funding from NYSCA. This funding, along with financial support from the Isaac H. Tuttle Fund to serve adult day care centers in Manhattan, and from the Amazin’ Mets Foundation for ongoing programming at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, enables Sing for Hope’s Healing Arts programming to be more far-reaching than ever before. This forward momentum and growth was spurred by NYSCA’s Organizational Support grant and two ReStart grants from NYSCA in the fall of 2021, allowing Sing for Hope to help lead the return to safe in-person arts programming in our region, prioritizing the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About Sing for Hope:

Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, schools, care facilities, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. A non-profit organization founded in New York City in response to the events of 9/11, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world. The official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope champions art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal.

Sing for Hope’s funding comes from the Sing for Hope Founders’ Circle, and donors like you. 

  • The International Foundation for Arts and Culture
    (Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman, Sing for Hope Global Patron)
  • The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy and Henry Arnhold
  • The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation
  • The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation
  • Jacqueline Novogratz and Chris Anderson
  • Seedlings Foundation 
  • Ann Ziff

About the New York State Council on the Arts 

The Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work, and visit. The Council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award record funding in FY 2023, providing support across the full breadth of the arts, including dedicated support for arts education and underrepresented communities. 

The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.