Contact: Laura Poppy Nichols (530) 400-1996
Date: January 6th, 2023
West Coast Songwriters Awarded California Arts Council Statewide Regional Networks Grant
State funds support the organizations infrastructure enabling the continued outreach to songwriters throughout our communities and providing valuable opportunities to those who are underserved.
Redwood City, CA – The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $36,000 to West Coast Songwriters as part of its Statewide Regional Networks program in its second round of funding for 2022.
With support from the California Arts Council, West Coast Songwriters Association will build on 42 years of service to nurture, advance and showcase artistic self-expression and cultural collaborations through delivery of professional services to its statewide members and community of independent (and aspiring) songwriters, musicians and vocal performers.
“With the support of the CAC, I am honored to be able to continue the work of supporting this beautiful community, reaching in new directions and making our services accessible to all.” Poppy Nichols, Executive Director
West Coast Songwriters was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant awards for its Cycle B programming totaling more than $41 million across more than 900 grants supporting nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state.
All told, the projected sum of grants to be awarded for 2022’s regular program funding cycle is more than $72 million—the biggest annual investment in the California Arts Council’s 46-year history, largely supported by the $40 million one-time boost in support for the agency’s creative youth and arts education development programs.
“The resilience and creativity of California’s arts and cultural field in these last three years has been remarkable,” said California Arts Council Director Jonathan Moscone. “We are proud to be able to support the great work that California's artists, culture bearers and cultural workers are doing within our communities as an indelible part of our state’s identity.”
Cycle B’s programs include five funding opportunities for arts education and creative youth development, and related arts workforce development. Additionally, the cycle offered funding opportunities for administering organizations to regrant funds for folk and traditional arts and individual artists fellowship programs. Operational support for statewide and regional arts service organizations and networks was also available during this round of grant funding.
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The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, Chair; Consuelo Montoya, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke, Vicki Estrada, Jodie Evans, Ellen Gavin, Alex Israel, Phil Mercado, and Roxanne Messina Captor. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.