Crescendo!, Spring 2013

Volume 11  Issue 1  Spring 2013

Chorus receives grants for musicians and risers

After completing a competitive grant process, the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus a Decentralization (DEC) grant that will pay for professional musicians at our spring concert. The DEC program is administered through the Arts Services Initiative (ASI) of Western New York. This grant was made possible with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. We are truly grateful to ASI and NYSCA. Not to be outdone, our good friends at EmbraceWNY have awarded the Chorus the seed money towards the purchase of portable concert risers. The set we have now is difficult to transport and set up and is in hazardous condition. We are looking forward to being able to perform safely and easily in a wider variety of venues! EmbraceWNY is dedicated to equality and fairness within Western New York and seeks to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the LGBT community amongst all citizens. Their annual fundraiser, the Buffalo Brunch, enables them to raise awareness of the LGBT community while promoting equality and justice for all Western New Yorkers. We are honored to have been recognized by both funders as an important presence in the Buffalo cultural community. Both grants were compiled and submitted by the BGMC grant writing committee, Mark Smith and Cynthia Van Ness.

Help us reach our goal of $3000 for new risers! Please make your tax- deductable donation at buffalogaymenschorus.com or send a check to the address below.

Learn more at: www.embracewny.org www.nysca.org

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