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Actor’s Express, the Atlanta Music Project, Out on Film, the Michael O’Neill Singers, MINT Atlanta and Zoetic Dance are among 137 arts nonprofits and individuals in line to receive $1.62 million in new grants from Fulton County.

The money comes through the county’s Contracts for Services Program and is good for programs, events and activities that began January 1 or later and continue through December 31 of this year.

The largest grant — $42,000 — will go to the Center for Puppetry Arts. The smallest grants — $1,500 each — will go to sculptor Diane Kempler, dancer-choreographer Okwae Miller, Stewart Shay and The Atlanta Dance Academy, known also known as Tada.

While the funds are welcome and in some cases necessary to stay alive, Covid-19 continues to weigh heavily on everyone involved in metro arts and culture, and no one knows when that might change.

The ASO, which last week canceled the rest of its 2019–20 season — and said it had lost more than $3 million in revenue from ticket sales since mid-March — will receive $21,000.

Atlanta Ballet has been projecting a loss of more than $1.5 million through June because of canceled performances. It will get $20,000.

The High Museum of Art shuttered in mid-March, the same time the Alliance Theatre canceled the rest of its season. The Atlanta Opera followed suit in early April. The High will receive $30,000, the Alliance $34,000 and the opera $15,000.

Many nonprofits have turned to virtual programming to keep their names in front of patrons and to bring in donations. Some even charge small fees for online programming. All bring in less money than what they’d earn at the box office.

Other recipients include ArtsATL, which will receive $10,000, and the arts-service nonprofit C4 Atlanta, which quickly created its Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund when the novel coronavirus hit. To date, it has raised more than $37,000 to help everyone from sound engineers to actors to DJs to buy groceries and pay utility bills, rents/mortgages and health insurance. Donations are still being accepted. C4 will get $17,500 from Fulton County. To see if your favorite companies or artists made the cut, GO HERE.


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