The Live Music Society announces 17 small venues receiving a $500,000 grant to fund community engagement programs

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The Live Music Society announces 17 small venues that have received a $500,000 grant to fund community engagement programs in underserved and marginalized communities.

nonprofit Live Music Societylaunched in 2020 to provide financial relief to small venues during the pandemic, has announced its new Music in Action grant initiative — and the 17 small venues that will receive a grant totaling $500,000.

The Music in Action grant is awarded to programs proposed by these venues that have a focus on building and engaging their local community and supporting historically marginalized groups, including BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities. The applicants had to submit a program idea for the funding review.

The 2023 Music in Action Scholarship Recipients:

  • Big Room Bar – Columbus, OH
  • Caffe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Cafe CODA – Madison, WI
  • The Chocolate Church Arts Center – Bath, ME
  • Club Passim – Cambridge, MA
  • DazzleJazzle Inc. – Denver, CO
  • Drom—New York, NY
  • Elastic Arts Foundation—Chicago, IL
  • The Lucky Dog – Cleveland, OH
  • Hello Nonny – Arlington Heights, IL
  • The Ivy Room – Albany, California
  • The Muse Performance Space – Lafayette, CO
  • The Providence Salon—Providence, Rhode Island
  • The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
  • The Stone Church – Brattleboro, VT
  • Sunset Tavern—Seattle, WA
  • TAC Timescal Art Center – Oakland, California

The recipients of the funding are already making excellent use of the funds. The Ivy Room, an LGBTQ safe space in Albany, California, has hosted a variety of Pride Month events including live music, comedy shows, activist panels, job fairs and mental health support workshops.

In Chicago, the Elastic Arts Foundation is reinvigorating its Dark Matter performance series and bringing a new face to the AfroFuturist Weekend festival with talented black performers from south and west neighborhoods.

With the addition of the Music in Action grant, the Live Music Society has distributed nearly $3 million in grants to 126 venues since its inception. The Live Music Society’s mission has played a critical role in strengthening local communities, enabling venues to promote inclusion, inspire community engagement and explore new revenue streams.

“This grant isn’t just about financial support; It’s about building a network of dedicated supporters who share our passion for live music and its accessibility,” says Nona Hendryx, musician and board member of the Live Music Society.

The Live Music Society’s mission is to ensure that live music remains accessible to all and provides a vital source of financial support for emerging musicians and underserved communities to sustain the careers of both established and under-recognized musicians.

The Live Music Society will also be attending this year’s NIVA ’23 conference in Washington, DC with multiple activations including a panel discussion, a presentation during the awards gala, a Live Music Society cantina and more.