The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is awarding $363,000 to 11 organizations for arts-related programs across Macon.
The Macon Film Festival has been awarded the biggest grant, $72,000, to hire a festival programmer to bring high-quality films to Macon.
Other grantees include the Otis Redding Foundation, Bragg Jam and the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Beverly Blake, the Macon program director for the foundation, said in a release that each of the projects has its own flavor of Macon.
“These projects are authentically Macon, reflecting our local culture in a way that both keeps our traditions alive and ensures they are a relevant and vibrant part of the city’s future,” she said.
This week, the Knight Foundation announced a $30,000 grant that will bring the Blind Boys of Alabama, five-time Grammy Award winners, to this year’s Bragg Jam, to be held in July.
Other that the film festival, grant recipients are:
Macon Arts Alliance ($67,000): To launch Amplify, a new professional development program that will identify and meet the needs of creative professionals in Middle Georgia. Amplify, which launched this year, will support entrepreneurs with resources, training and networking opportunities to advance their careers. In addition, Knight is supporting Macon Arts Alliance’s Momentum for the Arts, as well as startup funding for the Macon Chapter of the League of Creative Interventionists, a global network of people working to build community through creativity.
Otis Redding Foundation ($50,000): To celebrate the legacy of Redding by providing scholarships for The Big “O” Singer/Songwriter Camp to 20 aspiring young Macon musicians. Knight support will double the duration of the camp, which will pair students with professional musicians, composers, producers and choreographers for an immersive two-week program, culminating in a public showcase of their final compositions.
Streetline ($50,000): To enable and encourage Macon’s younger residents to pursue excellence in the performing arts by expanding the successful Camp Drums and Dreams by 50 students. The eight-week summer camp provides lessons in music theory, percussion techniques and showmanship.
Macon-Bibb County Department of Recreation ($25,000): To expand cinematic offerings in Macon’s neighborhoods by presenting outdoor screenings in parks and other venues for two years.
Mercer University ($20,000): To support strategic planning that will ensure the sustainability and future of Macon’s Grand Opera House.
Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation ($19,500): To invite Macon residents into the historic Hay House for free cultural events, including a Macon Film Festival screening, a classical music performance, a Spirits of the Hay House theatrical tour and an exhibit of original art by Winston Churchill.
Cherry Blossom Festival ($15,000): To provide a place for Macon residents to enjoy nationally recognized gospel music through PraiseFest, a new Cherry Blossom Festival event that will stage performances during the spring festival and in the fall.
Fresh Produce Records ($10,000): To promote Macon as a musical destination by providing a stipend for touring bands to perform free concerts for audiences of all ages.
The 567 Center for Renewal ($4,740): To support LunchBeat Macon, a monthly midday gathering that unites professionals to enjoy an hour of music, dancing and networking from February to May.
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