The Gaming Mitigation Program, established by MGL Section 59 chapter 23K, aims to mitigate a direct threat to the sustainability of non-profit performing arts centers in Massachusetts by providing capital to preserve their ability to compete in a new, unbalanced marketplace.
This is important because performing arts centers:
- Are economic engines for communities
- Ensure access to the arts across the Commonwealth
- Are centers of community gathering and place making
- Provide young people creative learning opportunities
The Mass Cultural Council is ready to launch the program, however the agency is waiting for the release of the funds. Our expectation is that this should happen by the end of December, 2019. If the funds are released we will move ahead with the program.
Draft program guidelines were posted here for eight months. Thank you for your feedback and clarifying questions during that time. We are now reviewing the guidelines based on that feedback, and will finalize them in January.
The Gaming Mitigation Program will officially launch no later than February 1.