March 2, 2024

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AROUND THE LAKES: Geneva Music Festival awarded NYSCA grant | Arts And Entertainment

GENEVA — The Geneva Music Festival has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The grant, made possible by the NYSCA with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, will enable vital programming for the Festival’s 14th season, and support the Festival’s continuing mission of enriching the Finger Lakes community with world-class music.

“Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: Arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul in announcing the grants. “Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7 billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022 and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the coming year.”

In a release, GMF noted that its ideals mesh and connect with the values which the NYSCA upholds:

• The vast diversity of New York State communities.

• Equitable engagement with the arts for people of all ages and inclusive of all backgrounds.

• Access to the full breadth of arts and culture.

• The vital role that arts and culture play in the health of the economy and people.

• The constant evolution of artmaking and creative practice.

• Creativity as a community asset.

GMF Board President Sharon Arthur thanked NYSCA for its support: “As the Geneva Music Festival prepares for its 14th season in 2024, it has reached a critical juncture in its organizational life cycle. A renewed focus on strategic planning, fundraising and marketing is key to ensuring excellent programming continues into the future. The generous grant awarded by the New York State Council on the Arts will effectively help address these areas. The staff and Board of Directors are greatly appreciative of the Council’s ongoing support.”

Festival Director Geoffrey Herd added: “We’re thrilled and honored to be supported by NYSCA once again this season. It’s a testament to the impact of our organization on Geneva and throughout the Finger Lakes. We’re proud to work in a state that shows such generous support for the arts.”

GMF looks forward to the 2024 concert season of welcoming artists from around the country and the world; connecting with the community through performances and outreach events; and exploring the ways in which music brings contrast and definition to our lives.

The GMF was founded in 2011 by Herd as a weekend of chamber music in his hometown. About to begin its 14th season, the festival has grown to a nearly month-long event that draws thousands of attendees from across the Finger Lakes region.

To learn more, visit: https://genevamusicfestival.com.

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