Posted 15 February 2018 12:00 AM by Ashley McGlone

ArtWeek will expand its partnership with Music Drives Us to provide grants for events during its 2018 festival (April 27 – May 6). Ten recipients will be selected to receive a $500 performance grant to support the presentation of their event during ArtWeek. Events submitted before the February 28 deadline that meet the following criteria will automatically be considered for a Music Drives Us award: the event must be accepted by ArtWeek as an official event; it must be free; and it must be music and learning-based. In honor of ArtWeek’s statewide expansion this year, events from across the Commonwealth will be eligible. Grant recipients will be selected and notified in late March.

“As ArtWeek expands statewide this season, we are grateful for the continued support of Music Drives Us and for the commitment the foundation has made to supporting art and cultural experiences,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “One of the things I am most proud of is the accessibility of ArtWeek— more than 60 percent of all events are free. By offering grants to free music-based events, Music Drives Us is helping us fulfill our mission to make art and culture available to everyone across the Commonwealth.”

"For a second year in a row, my foundation Music Drives Us will support ArtWeek along with the team at the Boch Center. Supporting cultural initiatives that emphasize arts in society is the heart of our mission at Music Drives Us. The cultural experiences offered during ArtWeek across the state of Massachusetts are extraordinarily important in keeping the arts alive and viable for all sectors of humanity,” added Ernie Boch Jr, Founder of Music Drives Us.

The final deadline to submit an ArtWeek event is Wednesday, February 28. Applications can be found at artweekma.org.

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