DAYTON, OH (August 25, 2021) The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is pleased to announce that it has recently received generous funding in the total of $1,163,809 from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (formerly known as the Save Our Stages Act). The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is a component of H.R. 133, a federal spending bill passed in December 2020 that includes a $15 billion allocation for independent entertainment venues and cultural institutions. The grant funding provides benefits to performing arts organizations, producers, promoters, museums, talent representatives, independent movie theatres and other qualifying arts and cultural organizations who have endured devastating financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This funding from the SVOG gives the DPAA a solid foundation on which to present its upcoming 2021-2022 Season announced this past July 2021. With the rise in cases nationally and the uncertain nature of the cultural landscape for communities nationwide, this grant offers opportunity for the DPAA to continue to fulfill its purpose to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse, and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music and to pursue its mission to transform lives through the power of music and dance.
“The SVOG grant is a life-saver for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance,” said DPAA President and CEO Patrick J. Nugent. “It will probably take two or three years to rebuild our audiences and recover financially from COVID-19, and this SVOG award will enable us to continue to bring engaging music, opera, ballet and education programming to our community. The DPAA is grateful to all of our federal elected officials who backed this bill and who helped to ensure it passed in December. In particular, Senator Sherrod Brown has shown great leadership in support of the arts here in Dayton and throughout Ohio.”
For more information on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant. For more information on Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, visit daytonperformingarts.org.
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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the greater Dayton community, with a mission to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. The vision of the DPAA is to transform lives through the power of music and dance. The DPAA offers a wide variety of performance and education programs, setting a new standard for artistic excellence. DPAA performances reach an audience of more than 90,000 people annually, and their rich arts education programming serves over 60,000 schoolchildren in 150 schools in the Miami Valley. These performances and education initiatives are made possible in part through major support provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the National Endowment for the Arts.