NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green Concert Series has been awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Presenting Organization Program (POP) grant for its 2011 season.
The $5,900 grant go toward programs in the series’ 38th season. The award is the second of three in a three-year cycle, with the last coming next year for the 2012 season, depending on the New York State budget.
Historically the Norwood Village Green Concert Series has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts annually since 1978, first from the NYSCA Decentralization program, and from 2001 through 2012 directly from the Presenting Organizations Program. The average NYSCA grant has been $6,585, ranging from $5,800 to $7,700.
The POP grants are to assist presenters, such as the Norwood Village Green Concert Series, with performers’ fees. From 2001 through 2010 the Norwood Village Green Concert Series has employed hundreds of performers whose fees have totaled $281,711.
Although all NYCSA grants have been reduced by 17 percent for 2011, Joe Liotta, founder of the Norwood series, says he is “pleased that the cuts were not in the 50 percent range as originally proposed. Under the current financial terms and conditions the series will still be able to offer the full range of performances for 2011 that the audience has been accustomed to, and its programming efforts are now in full swing.”