New York City/New York – Sing for Hope announced today grant awards totaling $49,500 per year for two years from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021. Sing for Hope also received two Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants totaling $20,000 for in-person concerts at Port Authority Bus Terminal and New York State long-term care facilities.
“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can help this industry thrive once again,” Governor Hochul said. “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.”
“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change and Sing for Hope will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”
“Council congratulates Sing for Hope on their grant award! New York State arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “Arts and culture are crucial to our state’s health, and Council recognizes the dynamic impact of NYSCA grantees on the well-being of all New Yorkers.”
You can read Governor Hochul’s press release here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-45-million-critical-fundingpropel-recovery-nonprofit-arts-and
With grant funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Sing for Hope remains dedicated to financially supporting the roster of incredible artists who power our programs, especially given the sector-wide unemployment or underemployment rates as high as 90% during the pandemic (COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on the Arts, Americans for the Arts, 2021). Sing for Hope will also continue to provide the communities we serve with both virtual and in-person access to high-quality cultural programming.
Photo Caption: Musicians Victoria Paterson (violin), Paul Staroba (piano), and Laura Metcalf (cello), perform on the Sing for Hope Piano created by Patrick Freeman at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Performing Arts Stage.