Kids From Wisconsin receives COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Award
Last week, Kids from Wisconsin announced it had been selected as a Cultural Organization Grant recipient.
“Governor Tony Evers recently announced that $15 million in COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grants has been awarded to 385 cultural organizations across Wisconsin. The Kids From Wisconsin, one of our states most iconic youth performance groups, was awarded $100,671.00 through this grant program,” the organization stated in a press release, issued Tuesday, Nov. 17.
“Just like small businesses, cultural organizations have taken a major financial hit,” said Department of Administration (DoA) Secretary Joel Brennan. “We’re all in this together. We hope that these funds will make it possible for us to be able to enjoy the museums, theaters and music from these organizations once it is safe to do so again.”
The COVID-19 Cultural Organizations Grant program provides grants to nonprofit organizations whose primary missions are to produce, present or exhibit cultural disciplines such as music, dance, theater, literature and the visual arts, or items of environmental or scientific interest. Grant awards can be used to cover pandemic-related impacts such as lost revenue, increased workers’ compensation costs, cleaning and sanitization and purchases of services or equipment to facilitate telework by employees.
“This incredible support will enable Kids From Wisconsin to continue to provide free, virtual Master Classes for people of all ages, the “Realize Your Dream at Home” video series and most importantly, assist in the funding of a program designed for MPS elementary schools that currently do not provide music education.” stated Kids From Wisconsin’s Managing Director Tina Weiss. “Reaching into our community at this time of need is so important. We continue to serve our mission, although, in a dramatically different way. We are fortunate to have been able to maintain staff levels in order to develop a 12-week music residency for Milwaukee elementary students entitled “Music In Me” and an after-school performance program, “Music With My Friends” for middle schoolers.”
The comprehensive curriculum meets Wisconsin State standards and was presented to Milwaukee area schools as an option to provide music education, free for schools that don’t have programs. Kids From Wisconsin will begin their first of many virtual, “Music In Me” sessions with an elementary school in January.
“Over 40% of the organization’s revenue is from performance fees. Without the type of support offered in this grant, a program of this magnitude could not be made available.” Tina added, “The Cultural Organization Grant funding also ensures that we can invest in the technology for the program to stay connected with the students and schools. AND, for the performance side of things that KIDS are so well known for, large outdoor venues, statewide, are being looked at in order to perform in the 2021 tour season.”