The Houston Symphony is one of 69 organizations that will receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, and State of Texas to assist groups and artists with costs associated with business interruption due to the hurricane. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Texas Commission on the Arts. While the orchestra’s performance home, Jones Hall, did not sustain discernible damage, the hall’s courtyard level, rehearsal room, and administrative offices required extensive repairs, with staff and orchestra displaced for seven weeks and twenty concerts cancelled. The grants will assist with costs associated with business interruption due to the hurricane that are not covered by another source. Organization grants range from $1,500 to $40,000, and artist grants range from $1,500 to $2,500. Funding for the Hurricane Harvey Relief grants includes $192,520 from the NEA; $150,000 provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and $103,980 in State monies. The Mid-America Arts Alliance also raised money through a separate crowdfunding campaign to provide grants directly to twelve additional artist applicants.
Posted December 14, 2017