September 13, 2019
826 Boston thanks The Shout Syndicate, The Boston Foundation, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture for a generous grant to fund a new publishing opportunity for Boston youth.
The Shout Syndicate, an innovative collaboration of Boston music and arts industry professionals in partnership with The Boston Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, announced awards totaling $200,000 in its pilot round of grantmaking to ten Greater Boston non-profit arts organizations that focus on creative youth development. 826 Boston is proud to have been chosen as one of the inaugural ten arts organizations.
The grants were announced September 12 at a celebration at the Foundation Room/House of Blues Boston. The ceremony kicked off with a performance from 826 Boston alumna and slam poet Legacy, pictured above with Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Each of the ten non-profit organizations will receive $20,000 to produce youth-led arts programs in disciplines including music, dance, theatre, and visual/media/literary arts during the 2019-2020 school year. The grants also cover stipends for participating youth to receive hourly wages, so they don’t need to choose between an after-school job or an arts program.
“Congratulations to this first group of grantees, and thank you for your dedication to enhancing creative youth development in Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The Shout Syndicate has already become a central part of our arts strategy in the City of Boston. Together we’re making progress in improving access to the arts in and out of schools, and I’m grateful to everyone who helped us make it a reality.”
“The Boston Foundation is proud to support and partner with The Shout Syndicate on this new funding opportunity,” said Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO of The Boston Foundation. “These ten grantees are among the very best organizations in youth arts in our region. We applaud Mayor Walsh for noting the need for a new fund in this sector, and we look forward to seeing the outstanding projects that will come from these grants.”