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Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program › covid19 › stages
The State of Michigan allocated $3.5 million to create the Michigan Stages Survival GrantProgram to provide grants to entertainment venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency declarations. … A total of 392 applications were received for this funding with 101 grants across 30 counties being awarded. The Hiawatha Music Co-op is pleased to have been awarded $24,452 for 2021 Festival and general operational expenses.  These funds help replace the loss of 2020 Festival income when the Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19.  The Co-op thanks the State of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation COVID Response Program, The Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association

MCACA and Arts Midwest grant awarded
In October 2020, The Hiawatha Music Co-op was awarded an MCACA Operational Grant for $12,500 for our 2021 Traditional Music Festival to be held July 16-18, 2021.  These funds will be divided up between performer fees for the Children’s Area, Tween Area and Teen Area and operational costs such as equipment and space rentals. The Co-op is extremely thankful for this award and appreciates the support of the MCACA in the future of our beloved Festival!


The Hiawatha Music Co-op was also awarded a grant of $3,000 from the Arts Midwest and State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of hundreds applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 COVID-19 Relief  funding.

This funding will assist Hiawatha in moving forward in presenting Yooper Uke Week 2020.  Although it will be presented with all local, state and national social distancing guidelines, we look forward to hosting Michigan’s Ukulele Ambassador, Ben Hassenger once again.  We look forward to a concert, some workshops and learning more about the ukulele.  

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.                                                

The Hiawatha Music Co-op sends its’ heartfelt “Thank You” to MCACA and Arts Midwest for their generous grant funding to help us ‘keep the music going’!



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