11 ACSO Members Receive Almost $300,000 in California Arts Council Grants

On June 23, the California Arts Council (CAC) announced its first round (Cycle A) of grant awards for 2022, awarding more than $31.1 million across 1,172 grants in project and operational support for nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state of California. Cycle A's award marks the largest annual investment in the California Arts Council's 46-year history.

The decision, approved by the Council at its virtual public meeting on May 12, awarded grants across seven different program areas within Cycle A, focusing on the CAC’s efforts to address geographic equity, enable autonomy and sustainability for smaller organizations, and grow the strength of local arts agencies and their partnerships. See the full announcement here.

ACSO Executive Director Sarah Weber said, "ACSO is pleased that some of our smallest budgeted members are the recipients of this historic funding. We are grateful to the CAC for such a large investment in California's arts community and for taking such a thoughtful and inclusive approach to funding. The arts are still working hard to rebound and rebuild, and a public investment of this scale from the Governor and Legislature will help our field move forward as it continues to provide healing, connection, and creative outlets for communities around the state."

In the 2022 Cycle A grant round, eleven of ACSO's organizational members have received grants totaling $287,148. Additionally, over 20 orchestras, chamber groups, and classical music ensembles outside of the ACSO membership network received over $500,000 in grant funds.

Congratulations to the following ACSO Members: Andromeda Electric Orchestra Incorporation, Diablo Symphony Association, Fremont Symphony Orchestra, Kontrapunktus Neo-Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Napa Valley Youth Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, Santa Monica Symphony Association, Sacramento Master Singers, South Coast Symphony, and Vallejo Symphony Association. See their grant categories and award amounts below. 

Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief
Supporting arts and cultural organizations that have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Andromeda Electric Orchestra Incorporation: $5,989
  • Diablo Symphony Association: $28,500
  • Fremont Symphony Orchestra: $27,000
  • Kontrapunktus Neo-Baroque Chamber Orchestra: $28,500
  • Napa Valley Youth Symphony: $28,500
  • Riverside County Philharmonic: $27,000
  • Sacramento Master Singers: $28,500
  • Santa Monica Symphony Association: $28,500
  • Santa Maria Philharmonic Society: $28,500
  • South Coast Symphony: $27,000
  • Vallejo Symphony Association: $27,000

Jump Starts
Supporting arts education projects for youth impacted by the justice system.

  • Riverside County Philharmonic Association Inc: $2,250
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