Nashville nonprofits get $2.4 million from Metro Arts thanks to increased budget

(Metro Arts)

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission has increased grant funds for local arts and cultural organizations for the 2018 fiscal year due to a $2.47 million increase in their budget.

The budget has been raised by 12.5% to $2.47 million, and will benefit an estimated 2.8 million residents and visitors in the Davidson County area. Administration members hope that the increase proves their commitment to Davidson County residents.

"As Nashville changes, Metro Arts is committed to make sure that arts are part of a vibrant and equitable community," Metro Arts Chair Clay Haynes said.

Grant proposals were reviewed and scored by 25 citizen panelists, 4 independent financial reviewers, and 5 out-of-state adjudicators. There was also six categories of funds: Basic Operating Support, Core Operating Support, Arts Access, Youth Arts, Creation, and Catalyst. The Catalyst category is a newly added grant. The purpose of the Catalyst grant is to help local nonprofits develop organizational practices like fundraising, marketing, diversity/inclusion, and leadership transition. After all grant proposals were reviewed, 62 grants were given to 48 different nonprofit organizations.

The increase budget will allow residents and visitors to engage through performance, exhibition, new art development, arts demonstration and arts education experiences, Metro Arts said. In addition, the "grassroots" cultural organizations will serve young people, seniors, and others with limited arts access. Noah Spiegel, Managing Director of the Nashville Children's Theatre and Past-Chair of the Nashville Arts Coalition recognizes the importance of this budget increase and said he's thankful to all involved in the approval.

"We are extremely thankful to Mayor Megan Barry and the Metro Council for recognizing the value the arts have in Nashville," Spiegel said. "To do so, we must continue to invest in the artists and organizations that drive neighborhood economies and bring joy and creativity to all of our residents, regardless of income or background."

Here's a list of agencies receiving grants:

  • Belcourt Theatre $149,500
  • Cheekwood $145,500
  • Country Music Foundation $116,700
  • The Frist Center for Visual Arts $141,000
  • Global Education Center $51,250
  • Humanities Tennessee $94,500
  • Music For Seniors $20,750
  • Nashville Ballet $138,000
  • Nashville Children’s Theatre $150,000
  • Nashville Film Festival $107,500
  • Nashville in Harmony $14,850
  • Nashville Jazz Workshop $74,000
  • Nashville Opera $117,000
  • Nashville Repertory Theatre $88,250
  • The Nashville Shakespeare Festival $75,700
  • Nashville Symphony $138,000
  • National Museum of African American Music $53,700
  • OZ Arts Nashville $45,000
  • Senior Center for the Arts $16,900
  • Southern Word $60,350
  • Street Theatre Company $16,000
  • Tennessee Craft $70,675
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center $142,500
  • W.O. Smith Music School $87,700
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