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Cuomo boosts arts funding

The funding forecast for arts organizations across the state just got a few million dollars sunnier, with news that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed 2015-16 budget includes a $5 million boost for the New York State Council on the Arts.

The state agency, which suffered crippling funding cuts through the 1990s and during the recent economic recession, would receive a total of $46.9 million under Cuomo’s proposal. The news came as a relief to hundreds of small arts organizations, which have become accustomed to doing more with less as the agency’s budget plummeted from its peak of $54.3 million in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Twenty-nine arts groups, banding together under the umbrella organization ArtsNYS, mounted an intensive lobbying effort last fall in Albany and their home districts, and were evidently able to deliver a convincing argument about their importance to the economic vitality of their respective regions.

“Starting in October, coalition members met with their legislators asking them to urge the Governor to request an increase. They explained to legislators that nonprofit cultural organizations are in actuality small businesses that have struggled through the recession with diminished resources and greater demand for their services,” according to a release from the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. “Many of these businesses do not have the access to corporate or foundation funds as do other more institutional players.”

– Colin Dabkowski

Tickets on sale for Slipknot

The Grammy Award-winning Slipknot will move right from its current world tour into its “Summer’s Last Stand” North American tour, which will stop July 29 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

The packed lineup also includes Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White.

Tickets are $40-$70 reserved, $30 lawn and $104 for a lawn four-pack and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through, Ticketmaster or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Fans also have the opportunity to order advance tickets starting Tuesday through the band’s website at

Slipknot’s fifth release, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” arrived on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 in October, the highest debut for a hard rock record in 2014. It topped both Revolver’s “20 Best Albums of 2014” and Guitar World’s “50 Best Albums of 2014” lists.

– Toni Ruberto

Used headed to Falls

Utah-born post-hardcore outfit the Used has announced a spring tour in support of its most recent effort, 2014’s “Imaginary Enemy.”

The tour, notable for the inclusion of Buffalo’s Every Time I Die on the bill, will arrive at 6 p.m. April 22 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls).

The full lineup will include sets from the Used, Every Time I Die, the Marmozets, and the Eeries.

The show is an all-ages event, although anyone under the age of 16 attending the concert needs to be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the show are now on sale at $25 each. Visit

– Jeff Miers