Ten Western New York cultural and community organizations have been awarded $784,000 in the second round of grants from the New York State Music Fund.
The nonprofit program was created by the state attorney general's office under a settlement with companies accused of bribing radio stations and disc jockeys to play their artists' music. It aims to make contemporary music of all kinds available to audiences and communities across the state.
*The Buffalo-based Community Action Organization of Erie County received the largest local grant, $125,000, for its "Music Is Critical" program, offering instruction on instrumental and vocal music and production, as well as dance and theater. Participants get to create, produce and perform original works.
*The Arts Council for Chautauqua County in Jamestown was given $115,000 to present 35 artists in 15 concerts and festivals and to record performances for broadcast throughout the county.
*The Arts in Education Institute of Western New York in West Seneca was awarded $95,000 for "Needed: More Than the Basics," a contemporary music performance that will be commissioned and produced by the institute for schoolchildren and community members. The grant will include professional development for teachers and teaching artists partnering in classrooms.
*The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau Foundation received $90,000 for a series of monthly programs that will bring New Orleans and Louisiana musicians and bands to Erie and Niagara counties for concerts in middle and high schools. Partnering with the foundation will be the Erie-Niagara Regional Partnership, Music Is Art and Community Music School of Buffalo.
*St. Bonaventure University's Regina A. Quick Center received $75,000 to stage five music programs ranging from chamber opera to traditional Ugandan flute during its 2007-08 performing arts season, and to conduct artist-led educational activities in rural Cattaraugus County.
*Just Buffalo Literary Center got $70,000 for interdisciplinary performances as well as the Williamsville/Buffalo Poetry, Music, Dance Celebration, in which students from 37 schools will create new works for a public performance.
*The Buffalo Alliance for Education's $65,000 grant will support a series of songwriting workshops in Buffalo public schools, in collaboration with other organizations.
*WNED-TV was awarded $54,000 to showcase New York State artists and popular music from various cultures on ThinkBright TV's "Mambo, Hip Hop and More" project.
*Albright-Knox Art Gallery received $50,000 for "World Music Live!," a series of free concerts by local musicians in such varied musical styles as Indian, rhythm and blues, Cajun bluegrass, hip-hop, punk, grunge and emo, and to promote workshops for children and young adults and performances by music students.
*Musicians United for Superior Education in Buffalo was given $45,000 for the Samba Street Band project. Local musicians will help create four Samba Street bands drawn from public middle and high schools.