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Recognizing Grant Support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Groton, MA (May 15, 2024) – Groton Hill Music Center has received a grant of $46,600 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Cultural Investment Portfolio program. The Cultural Investment Portfolio provides general operating grants to nonprofit organizations that enrich Massachusetts’ cultural life. The Portfolio works to strengthen a cultural sector that generates $27.2 billion in economic activity in Massachusetts and 4.2% of the state’s economy.

This grant signifies that Groton Hill Music Center provides exceptional public value through its programs and services. “Since moving into our new facility about 18 months ago, we have welcomed tens of thousands through our doors to learn, connect, and be inspired through our music education and performance programs,” said Groton Hill CEO Lisa Fiorentino. “These funds from the Mass Cultural Council are instrumental in supporting our community engagement initiatives as well as general operating needs, and we are truly grateful to be a recipient.”

Groton Hill is committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families through philanthropic community engagement initiatives: free and low-cost instrument instruction for students in underserved communities; free concerts for residents of assisted living facilities; free daytime concerts for the community; bedside singing for individuals in hospice care; and need-based scholarships for our educational programs. “We invest over $385,000 per year in these accessible music experiences that serve nearly 7,000 students and audience members, fostering individual growth and community connection,” Fiorentino added.

“Groton Hill Music Center is an incredible asset to our region, especially as we work to increase tourism and spur economic development through arts and culture,” said Senator John J. Cronin (D – Fitchburg). “I’m proud to be able to support Groton Hill and work with stakeholders to put Groton, and the region at large, in a position for long term success.”

For this fiscal year, Mass. Cultural Council has adopted a $44 million spending plan, allowing the Agency to award 2,600 grants totaling approximately $38 million to the Commonwealth’s creative and cultural sector. This is funded primarily through public dollars, including the Agency’s $25.9 million state budget appropriation and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The agency also runs the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. Mass Cultural Council funds reach every community in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to advance the Commonwealth’s creative and cultural sector by celebrating traditions and talents, championing its collective needs, and equitably investing public resources.

About Groton Hill Music Center:
Now in its 40th year, Groton Hill Music Center is a thriving regional non-profit center for music education, performance, and community engagement. One of only a few organizations in the U.S. that combines a music school, professional symphony orchestra, diverse concert series featuring high-quality touring artists, and high-impact music philanthropy, Groton Hill currently serves thousands of music lovers in our region and beyond. We believe that music inspires both our hearts and minds, encourages the growth of the whole person, and is integral to the lives of everyone we serve. Our mission is to share the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need. Groton Hill Music Center includes a 1,000-seat concert hall; a 300-seat concert hall; associated amenities; 35 rehearsal, teaching, ensemble, and community spaces; state-of-the-art acoustics; dynamic architecture; and lawn seating for outdoor concerts. Groton Hill is a regional gathering place for the highest quality music education programs and professional performances in all genres of music. As a regional non-profit organization, Groton Hill Music Center relies on the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to support our programs. Our programs are also supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by Local Cultural Councils. Learn more at grotonhill.org.

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