438 performance organizations across New York State are getting 773 grants through the Restart NY Rapid Live Performance Grants” program.

While a huge majority of the projects on the 31-page list are downstate, a few Southern Tier organizations are getting state money. In Broome and Chenango Counties that includes Tri Cities Opera, the Goodwill Theatre and the Chenango River Theater.

Courtesy Goodwill Theatre

Other recipients in the Southern Tier are a couple programs at the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Center for the Arts in Ithaca, two performances at the Earlville Opera House in Chenango County, two projects of the Foundation for the Open Eye in Delaware County and the summer season of the Franklin Stock Company at Chapel Hall, productions at the Kitchen Theater Company, concerts at the New York Theatre Workshop and Opera Ithaca.. all in Tompkins County.

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You can see the entire, 31-page listing of grants, what organizations are getting the money and specific performances or programs being funded at www.governor.ny.gov. 

The grants were for either $5,000 or $10,000 dollars each.

Nearly $30 million dollars has been distributed to-date by the state for arts programs which are seen as local economic drivers as well as a way to draw tourism business to a region and improve quality of life for local communities.

The program has been developed by the New York State Council on the Arts and supports the return of live performances following the total shutdown of programs during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

State official say at least 60 percent of each grant award will provide compensation for artistic and/or creative professionals.

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