In a year of layoffs and budget cuts, New York’s cultural institutions got some good news on Tuesday: The Department of Culture announced that it will award $ 47.1 million in its latest round of scholarships, which will go to more than 1,000 this year of the city’s non-profit organizations.
The grants include $ 12.6 million in new investments, of which nearly $ 10 million will go towards coronavirus pandemic and arts education initiatives. Funding for fellows will increase year over year, including larger funding for smaller organizations, the department said.
The award includes a $ 3 million increase for 621 organizations in low-income and pandemic-hit neighborhoods, and $ 2 million for five local arts councils that distribute the funds to individual artists and smaller nonprofits. Twenty-five organizations that offer arts education programs will receive a $ 750,000 portion that will be allocated for this purpose.
The Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Chinese in America will be among the 93 organizations to receive some of the largest grants, each over $ 100,000. Both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, which recently hit the headlines for negotiations with their unions, are receiving grants of over $ 100,000. A total of 1,032 non-profit organizations are funded.
The department also made changes to its process that make it easier for organizations to receive multi-year grants that were previously only available to groups with an annual budget greater than $ 250,000. Almost all groups that received funding for the fiscal year ending in June 2021 will receive support at a comparable level for the year ending in 2022 until the city budget is approved, the ministry said.
A Covid-19 impact survey the department commissioned this spring found that smaller organizations were among those hardest hit by the pandemic, and that a total of 11 percent of arts organizations did not believe they would survive the pandemic in early May . Smaller organizations generally lack the foundations and wealthy donors that provide some safety net for larger institutions.
“We cannot tackle the huge challenges that lie ahead of us on our own, but we have focused on providing long-term stability to the smaller organizations most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19,” said Gonzalo Casals, Commissioner for cultural matters. said in a statement.