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Legislature Votes to Increase FY15 MCC Funding by Nearly $1 Million

(6/30/14) - The Legislature approved a final budget plan today that increases annual funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by close to $1 million.

The fiscal year 2015 budget allocates $12 million for MCC. If the Governor signs it, the budget will allow MCC to bolster its existing grant programs for nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, schools and creative youth development; and launch new, community music and universal design initiatives.

The vote came after a coalition including MCC, MASSCreative, Mass Humanities, Mass Artists Leaders Coalition, and advocates across the state, successfully urged members of a legislative conference committee to support the higher, Senate budget figure of $12 million for MCC. The conference committee was led by Ways & Means Committee Co-Chairs Sen. Stephen Brewer of Barre and Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, and issued its report on Sunday that was then approved by the House and Senate today.

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