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Newburyport Cultural Council

Newburyport’s Local Cultural Council is an 10 member volunteer board whose members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council and who serve three year terms. Our purpose is to distribute the funding made available to our community by the State of Massachusetts by way of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We read, discuss and vote on all submitted applications.

We seek to support both established and new cultural organizations, large and small, in order to enhance the already rich cultural environment of Newburyport.


Pat Cannon

City Hall
60 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950-2627

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

This year the Newburyport Cultural Council will give priority to projects that:
Serve all ages
Foster creative exploration in our youth
Encourage engagement with emerging artists
Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, elevating the voices and experiences of the historically marginalized and highlighting current and historic diversity
Demonstrate innovation, creative material use and new perspectives
Prompt inquiry and dialogue
Foster collaboration within our own community and with our neighboring communities
Take place in Greater Newburyport
Provide maximum audience and/or community impact
Focus on the Arts, History, Environment and Science
Have a definite date and venue

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:

Demonstrated performance excellence, audience relevance, and strong management;
Ability to address the cultural needs of our community while supporting diverse forms of cultural activity
Financial need
A well prepared and thorough application.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Council Guidelines
In addition to the state criteria (public benefit, non-discrimination, no substitution, arts/humanities/interpretive sciences), applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

Application must include confirmed venue & date or time frame
Priority given to proposals from local organizations & artists
Maximum community/audience impact, including ratio of money spent to number served
Other sources of financial support or matching funds
Strong qualifications or track record of applicant
Originality of project
Diversity of age and demographic groups served
Diversity of disciplines represented (arts/humanities/interpretive and environmental sciences)

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Newburyport Choral Society, Inc. NCS Spring Concert 2022 – Remembrance and Renewal $350
Newburyport Film Festival, Inc. Newburyport Documentary Film Festival $500
Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Inc. 13th Annual Field of Honor $500
Historical Society of Old Newbury Cushing House Holiday Open House $200
Newburyport Public Library Fishing the Merrimack Valley $200
Newburyport Maritime Society, Inc. Newburyport Maritime Tree $400
Open Air Sculpture Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2022 $500
OnStage, Inc. 2022 Spring Panto $500
Cantemus, Inc. Missa Gaia: A Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth $500
Exit Dance Theatre "Premonitions" for HERstory Month Performance $500
Newburyport Art Association, Inc. Newburyport Art Photography Speaker Series $500
Greaney Ellrott, Aine M. Emma Andrews Author Series $250
Maudslay Arts Center, Inc. Hillyer Festival Orchestra Brings Opera and Broadway Hits to MAC $300
People's United Methodist Church People's Cafe $1,000
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Nature in your neighborhood - All about birds $250
Small Solutions, Inc. Art for Youth Empowerment $800
Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Newburyport Chamber Music Summer Festival 2022 $645
Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Newburyport Lantern Festival 2022 $600
Lawson, Robin Newbury Town Day $250
The Newburyport Literary Festival Newburyport Literary Festival $250
Society For The Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport, Inc. Firehouse Partnership Programs $600

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