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A new cycle of Gaming Mitigation grants is available for FY22 from the Mass Cultural Council. The Gaming Mitigation Program was established under MGL chapter 23K, section 59 and aims to mitigate a direct threat to the sustainability of non-profit and municipal performing arts centers in Massachusetts. In its first round of funding (FY20), the program awarded $3.34M to 52 performing arts organizations across the Commonwealth to help increase their buying power when directly competing with resort casinos to book touring artists.
The program was paused in FY21 as casinos and cultural institutions alike were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This time was used by Mass Cultural Council to continue to develop the program with input from affected performing arts centers. As a result of the development process several action steps were identified and addressed:
Resulting change: Touring shows or artists are independent entities which are presented at the “Performing Arts Center” as a guest. Touring shows or artists can be verified through appearance on shows or artists that appear on Pollstar or another similar touring performing arts roster, representation by established artists’ management, and/or a touring schedule that includes at least three states in the last three years.
Resulting change: The application will include an excel template applicant organizations will download to provide information on all performances presented by the organization and the verification for the eligible touring shows and artists.
Resulting change: The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 somewhat of a “lost year” in terms of presenting touring shows and/or artists. For this cycle of the program, all organizations will report their financial activity from calendar year 2019 as to avoid 2020 and start the FY22 process on equal footing for first- and second-time applicants.
To be eligible applicants must meet all three of the following requirements:
Applications are due November 5, 2021.
Questions? Contact Program Officer Cheyenne Cohn-Postell.