Friday, September 27, 2013
City of Austin Releases List of 2014 Cultural Funding Allocations Totaling More Than $7 Million
Barbara Sparks of the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division has contacted applicants with details of the 2014 decisions of City allocations. She writes, "This summer the City received 211 applications - 189 for Core Funding Programs, 22 for the Cultural Expansion Program (CEP), and 4 were new to the process. CEP applications were reviewed and scored by a peer review panel and those receiving a score of 75 or greater were then recommended by the Austin Arts Commission for funding."
These grants are funded by a percentage of the collections of the hotel and occupany tax (about 20%; most of the rest goes to support the Convention and Visitors Bureau).
The list is a very long one and totals $7,043,697. Largest grants are to the Austin Children's Museum ($200,000), The Austin Theatre Alliance (Paramount and State Theatres) ($197,500) and the Zach Theatre ($197,500), in each case totaling about 2.8% of the total. Other leading recipients are the Austin Symphony Orchestra ($190,000), Long Center ($190,000), Ballet Austin ($190,000), Theatre Action Project (now Creative Action, focused on schools)($190,000), Austin Film Society ($187,500), Conspirare ($185,000), Austin Museum of Art ($182,500), One World Theatre ($175,000), Austin Lyric Opera ($172,500), the Mexicarte Museum ($151,347), Tapestry Dance ($140,000), Austin Creative Alliance (in its own right, $132,000), Austin Classical Guitar Society ($118,136) and the Rude Mechs ($100,000).
Click here to see the full list of 2014 allocations