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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is getting a big gift



Rochester, New York — The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is getting a $150,000 award.

The award is from the National Endowment of the Art, and the funds come from the American Rescue Plan.

The grant will be used to save jobs, for operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.

“Like all arts and cultural organizations, our orchestra has been hard hit by this ongoing pandemic. Our 2020-21 season pivoted to an entirely virtual one, and we have had to implement many safety protocols this season, including frequent testing of musicians and staff, limiting attendance, and checking audience vaccination proof,“ explains RPO President & CEO Curtis S. Long. “We’re very thankful to the NEA for recommending us for this funding.”

In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC.