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$15.7 million

August 1, 2012

The New Jersey Council on the Arts announced $15.7 million in grants Tuesday to nearly 800 local arts organizations. State arts funding is appropriated through a dedicated hotel and motel occupancy fee and the grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Of the $15.7 million, the largest amount ($2.279 million) went to the category Performing Arts Presenters, with the biggest chunk of that dedicated to New Jersey Performing Arts Center ($1.065 million). New Brunswick’s State Theater ($294,844) and the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank ($178,815) received the next largest sums.

The overall category of theater was next largest, although the state divided the $2.447 million into musical/opera theater and just theater. The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn was granted $719,409 and the McCarter Theater in Princeton was awarded $626,820.

Music was awarded $2.050 million with Visual Arts right behind ($2.016 million) The largest recipients of these grants were the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra ($1.16 million), the Newark Museum ($1 million), the Montclair Art Museum ($246,956), WBGO ($205,343) and the American Boychoir School ($147,120).

Local arts organizations were awarded $1.883 million; multidisciplinary arts was granted $1.578 million. Arts Education was awarded $765,254; dance was given $452,879; folk arts was given $107,550; and literature was granted $48,695. Southern New Jersey was given special funding as were Projects Serving Artists.

For a complete list of recipients by county click here.

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