Music Worcester, Inc. has received a grant in the amount of $6,200 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. This grant was awarded through the MCC's Cultural Investment Portfolio Program and it will support general operating expenses and programming for the Worcester Music Festival season. State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant signifies that Music Worcester provides a high level of public value through its programs and community service.
"The Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have continued to be strong supporters of the arts even in these challenging fiscal times," said Senator Stephen M. Brewer. "Programs like Music Worcester are key to more tourism and increasing community development." This funding will allow for improved programs and better outreach. MCC has a budget of $10 million, including an appropriation of $8.4 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Its funds reach every community in Massachusetts. The mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The not-for-profit cultural industry has a $4.2 billion economic impact in the state.
The Worcester Music Festival is the oldest Music Festival in the United States and, since 1858 it has been pre-eminent in presenting great performances by world-renowned orchestras and guest soloists, chamber music, ballet, world music and dance, jazz and choral masterworks. Music Worcester's concerts and events reach approximately 15,000 people throughout New England each year. Music Worcester Inc. has made "a tradition of excellence" its hallmark and The Worcester Music Festival has been recognized by the Library of Congress. Music Worcester is also committed to outreach and education through many programs including the Tickets to Opportunity program, providing opportunities for local youth and their parents to attend an event or concert regardless of ability to pay. Support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council will leverage more funding from private foundations for Music Worcester's varied programs. Music Worcester is located in Mechanics Hall at 323 Main Street in the heart of downtown Worcester and can be found on the web at www.musicworcester.org.