2017 BCC Organizational Grant Recipients

We are excited to announce our 2017 organizational grant recipients. We have awarded $464,750 to 173 deserving organizations around the city. Congratulations to them all!

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826 Boston
Actors’ Shakespeare Project
Aforementioned Productions
African Festival of Boston
America SCORES Boston
And Still We Rise Productions
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK)
Artists for Humanity, Inc (AFH)
Arts and Business Council (Emily Abramovich)
ArtsBoston, Inc.
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music
Asian American Resource Workshop
Back Bay Ringers
BAMS Fest, Inc. (Boston Art & Music Soul Fest)
Bay State Performing Arts, Inc. dba Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Beacon Hill Art Walk
Boston Art Song Society
Boston Ballet
Boston Baroque, Inc.
Boston Book Festival
Boston By Foot
Boston Celebrations, Inc d/b/a First Night, Inc.
Boston Children’s Chorus
Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Boston City Singers
Boston City-Wide String Orchestra
Boston Cyberarts
Boston Dance Alliance, Inc.
Boston Harbor Now
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston Latino International Film Festival
Boston Lyric Opera
Boston Makers
Boston Musica Viva
Boston Opera Collaborative
Boston Shakespeare Project
Boston String Academy
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Boston Wagner Society Inc
Boston Youth Moves at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio
Boston Youth Sanctuary
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
Bostonian Society
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Brazilian Women’s Group
BSA Foundation
Cantata Singers
Castle of our Skins
Castle Square Tenants Organization
Celebrity Series of Boston
Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston
Charlestown Working Theater
Chinese Historical Society of New England
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Community Music Center of Boston
Company One Theatre
Convergence Ensemble
Coro Allegro
Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Corporation
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Dot Art (DBA for “Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts, Inc.”)
Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts
Emmanuel Music, Inc.
Families Creating Together
Footlight Club
Fort Point Arts Community
Fort Point Theatre Channel
Freedom Trail Foundation
Freelance Players, Inc. dba Urban Improv
Fresh Ink Theatre Company
From the Top
Girls Rock Campaign Boston
Handel and Haydn Society
Hub New Music
Huntington Theatre Company
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street
Hyde Park Art Association
Hyde Park ArtScene–Friday Night Traffic Jam
Hyde Square Task Force
IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
Independent Film Society Of Boston
Inspire Arts & Music
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jazz Composers Alliance
Jean Appolon Expressions Inc.
Jo-Mé Dance Arts
José Mateo Ballet Theatre
Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program
JP Jubilee
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Kadence Arts
Kwong Kow Chinese School
Lena Park Community Development Corporation
Les Bostonades, Inc.
Liars & Believers
Longwood Symphony Orchestra
Luminarium Dance Company
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Mass Poetry
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Medicine Wheel Productions
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company
Museum of African American History
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Center of Afro-American Artists
New England Conservatory
New England Philharmonic
Nigun Chamber Ensemble
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
North End Music and Performing Arts Center
Old South Meeting House
On With Living and Learning (OWLL)
Over-55 Ballroom
Palaver Strings
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
Paul Revere Memorial Association/Paul Revere House
Press Pass TV
Project STEP
Raising A Reader MA-Boston
Raising Hope, Inc
Roots & Rudiments
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Shelter Music Boston
Sleeping Weazel Inc.
Sociedad Latina
south boston collaborative center
SpeakEasy Stage Company
Spontaneous Celebrations (Marco Goldring)
St, Mary’s Center for Women and Children
The Boston Architectural College
The Boston Arts Festival
The Boston Literary District
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.
The Fenway Alliance
The Institute of Contemporary Art
The Makanda Project
The Marble Collection (TMC)
The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc.
The Musary, JRP Inc.
The Record Co.
The Society for Chinese Instrumental Music Inc.
The Theater Offensive
The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
The Writers’ Room of Boston, Inc.
Theatre Espresso
Tunefoolery Music, Inc.
Unbound Visual Arts
Unitas Ensemble
United South End Artists
United South End Settlements
Urbanity Dance
Urbano Project
USS Constitution Museum, Inc.
Vietnamese American Thang Long
VSA Massachusetts
West End House
Wheelock Family Theatre/Wheelock College
William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences
Writers Without Margins, Inc
Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Inc.
Zeitgeist Stage Company

BCC Organizational Grant Workshops

We will be holding workshops for our organizational grants on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 29th from 3-4:30pm at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester
  • Tuesday, October 11th from 6-7:30pm at the Mattapan Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave
  • Thursday, October 13th from 6-7:30pm at the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St, Roxbury

We will be reviewing our new online application and answering any questions applicants may have about the grant and the application process. We hope to see you there!

Opportunity Fund FAQs

Reviewing the 92 applications for the first round of the Opportunity Fund was definitely a learning experience for the BCC. We want to help our applicants submit the best application possible, so we have started a list of frequently asked questions, which you can find below. We will continue to update these as we receive more questions and learn more about this program, so please check back!

Opportunity Fund Frequently Asked Questions

FY17 Organizational Grants and Opportunity Fund

September 1st has finally arrived, which means our 2017 organizational grant application and guidelines have been published. We are using an online application this year and our process has changed a bit, so please make sure you read the guidelines closely.

The second round of our Opportunity Fund grant is also available.

Please check out both of these opportunities here.

FY17 BCC Organizational Grants

Our FY17 BCC Organizational Grants are opening soon!

As you prepare to apply, please remember these important dates:

  • September 1: We publish the grant guidelines and application.
  • September – October: Grant workshops and webinars will be held for applicants to understand the process. Dates and times will be posted when they have been scheduled.
  • October 17: Applications are due at 5pm.
  • October – November: We will hold voting meetings that are open to the public. Times, dates and locations will be posted once they have been scheduled.
  • January: We will publish the grant award winners.

Still have questions? Email us at bcc@boston.gov. Make the subject line “Question about FY17 Grants.” We also created a list of other funding resources in the state.

Opportunity Fund

We are excited to announce that our newest grant program, the Opportunity Fund, is now open. These grants will be smaller in scale, but more accessible than previous BCC grants have been. Grants will be made to individual artists for specific needs, such as materials, professional development costs, conference fees, and stipends for teaching artists. Applications will be available on a monthly basis 10 months out of the year. Applications will not be available in October and April, when other BCC grant opportunities are due. Applicants may request up to $1,000 in funding. $10,000 will be granted per month. Please see the application for more specific guidelines.

You can find the application here.

Please note that applications for August are now closed. Please check back on September 1st when applications re-open.


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 2, 2015
Contact: Press Office (617) 635-4461

Supporting a diverse group of arts programming across the City of Boston

BOSTON – March 2, 2015 – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that 137 organizations and institutions supporting arts and culture in the City of Boston were awarded $303,476 by the Boston Cultural Council (BCC). The grant winners represent the diversity of Boston’s arts community from the visual arts to theater, film and video, music, dance, and the humanities.  The BCC received 151 applications for the 2015 grant round.

“We’re working towards making Boston the country’s municipal arts leader, and we can’t do it without supportive and committed partners,” said Mayor Walsh. “Funding is often a hurdle for cultural organizations, and I’m proud that we doubled our Boston Cultural Council funds this year. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients, and thank you for your contributions to a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston.”

“Support from the Boston Cultural Council is crucial to organizations like ours, and helps us develop and implement the artistic and educational work that serves our community of artists, students, and audience,” said Jennifer Johnson, co-director of the Charlestown Working Theater.

The BCC falls under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support innovative arts, humanities and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in our city. In 2015 the MCC awarded the City of Boston $163,080, and Mayor Walsh nearly matched those funds. In 2014 the MCC awarded the City of Boston $144,419, with the City adding additional funding to distribute a total of $152,020 via the BCC to 55 of the 75 applicants.

The BCC is comprised of 13 Boston residents appointed by Mayor Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC reviews grant applications  annually  in the fall to evaluate the overall quality of proposed programming and its potential benefit to diverse audiences in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Mayor Walsh believes the arts are crucial to both expressing and achieving the vision of a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston. Since taking office, Mayor Walsh has taken steps to improve the artist permitting process; revived the poet laureate program, naming Danielle Legros Georges Boston’s Poet Laureate; and appointed Julie Burros the City’s first Chief of Arts and Culture in more than two decades, elevating the conversation about the arts to the highest level of City government. Over the next year and a half the Chief of Arts and Culture will guide a cultural planning process for the city, which will build a long-term strategy for enriching and strengthening civic life through the arts.


The 2015 grant recipients include:

826 Boston, Inc.
Allston Village Main Streets Inc.
ARCK-Art Resource Collaborative for Kids
Artists for Humanity, Inc.
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Inc.
ArtsBoston, Inc
Asian American Resource Workshop
Bad Habit Productions, Inc.
Ballet Theatre of Boston
BalletRox, Inc.
Bay State Performing Arts, Inc.
Berklee College of Music
Boston Art Commission
Boston Ballet, Inc.
Boston Book Festival, Inc
Boston By Foot, Inc.
Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.
Boston Children’s Theatre, Inc.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Boston City Lights Foundation, Inc.
Boston City Singers, Inc.
Boston City-Wide String Orchestra
Boston Cyberarts Inc
Boston Dance Alliance, Inc.
Boston Harbor Island Alliance
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston Literary Cultural District
Boston Lyric Opera Company
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Boston Youth Moves
Boston Youth Sanctuary, Inc.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc.
Cantata Singers, Inc.
Castle of our Skins
Castle Square Tenants Organizations
Celebrity Series of Boston
Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Inc.
Charlestown Working Theater
Chinatown Peoples Progressive Association, Inc
City Stage Co., Inc.
Colonial Society of Massachusetts
Community Music Center of Boston
Company One Theatre
Conservatory Lab Charter School
Convergence Chamber Players
Coro Allegro
Discovery Roxbury
Dorchester Arts Collaborative
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Emmanuel Music, Inc.
Fiddlehead Theatre Company
Fort Point Arts Community
Fort Point Theatre Channel, Inc.
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Franklin Park Coalition
Freedom Trail Foundation
Freelance Players, Inc.
Grub Street, Inc.
Haley House, Inc.
Handel and Haydn Society
Huntington Theatre Company
Hyde Park Art Association INC
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
Inspire Arts and Music, Inc.
Jamaica Plain Multicultural Afterschool Arts Program
Jamaica Plain Music Festival
Jazz Composers Alliance Inc.
Jean Appolon Expressions Inc.
JP Porchfest
JP Reads
Kādence Arts
Lesley University
Luminarium Dance Company
Make Music Boston 
Mass LEAP Collective
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild
Medicine Wheel Productions
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company
Museum of African American History
New England Conservatory of Music
New Gallery Concert Series
Ningun Chamber Ensemble
Non-Event, Inc.
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc.
North End Music & Performing Arts Center
Old South Association
On With Living and Learning, Inc.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
Paul Revere Memorial Association
Press Pass TV, Inc.
Project STEP, Inc.
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Shelter Music Boston, Inc.
Sociedad Latina, Inc.
South Street Initiative
SpeakEasy Stage Company
The Art Connection
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Inc.
The Fenway Alliance, Inc.
The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
The Footlight Club
The Friends of Madame White Snake
The Fund For Boston Neighborhoods
The Fund for Parks and Recreation in Boston
The Institute of Contemporary Art
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
The Makanda Project
The Theater Offensive
The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
The Writer’s Room of Boston
Theatre Espresso, Inc.
Theatre on Fire
Tony Williams Dance Center
TransCultural Exchange
Trotter Institute, UMass Boston
Trustees of Eliot School
Tunefoolery Music, Inc.
Unbound Visual Arts, Inc.
United South End Artists, Inc.
United South End Settlements
Urbanity Dance
Urbano Project
USS Constitution Museum, Inc.
Veronica Robles Cultural Center
Vietnamese American Thang Long Limited
VSA Massachusetts
West African Research Association
West End House Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
Wheelock Family Theatre 
Young Audiences of Massachusetts
Youth and Family Enrichment Services
Zeitgeist Stage Company


Looking for a job? Well you should check out StageSource’s Job Fair this Saturday!

The StageSource Job Fair is a great way for organizations to reach out to the creative workforce.
It is also a great way for people interested in working in the arts to network. Specific jobs and internships in the following areas will be discussed by organizations at the Job Fair:
  • Tech
  • Stage Management
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Costumes
  • Arts Administration
  • House Management
  • Arts Education
  • and many more
Organizations scheduled to attend this year include:
  • Bad Habit Productions
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival
  • Boston Children’s Theatre
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
  • Fort Point Theatre Channel
  • Fresh Ink Theatre
  • Hangar Theatre
  • High Output, Inc
  • Hub Theatre Company of Boston
  • Huntington Theatre Company
  • New Bedford Festival Theatre
  • New Repertory Theatre
  • Ogunquit Playhouse
  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
  • Science Fiction Theatre Company
  • Stoneham Theatre
  • The Barnstormers Theatre
  • The Theater Barn
  • The Theater Offensive
  • Weston Playhouse
  • Trinity Repertory Company
The job fair is free to job seekers and is great for all levels of job seekers!  RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required.  Click here to RSVP!
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