184 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
AWARDED OVER $4.5 MILLION IN GRANTS

Funding Supports Job Creation, Sustainability and Cultural Services throughout the County 

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has announced $4,518,000 in two-year grants to 184 nonprofit arts organizations through its Organizational Grant Program (OGP). While the current allocation remains the same as last year, it represents a $200,000 increase in funding from the previous grant cycle in which this pool of candidates was eligible to apply and provides support to ensure arts organizations continue to provide cultural services to the diverse population that comprises Los Angeles County.

Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $162,700. Grantee organizations are spread throughout LA County with offices located in 28 of the County’s 88 municipalities. Eight percent of the organizations funded are receiving County arts grants for the first time. The Arts Commission provides applicants with the flexibility to request support for their current critical needs, rather than require they request support for specific types of projects based on their budget size.

“Sixty percent of applicants have increased award amounts from the last time these organizations were funded,” said Claire Peeps, president of the Arts Commission. “Almost half of these grants will support ongoing salaries or new jobs, so arts organizations will not only be able to provide a diverse range of cultural services for residents, they’ll also be employing them.”

Applications were reviewed and scored by over 60 knowledgeable panelists from the arts community, including artists, nonprofit arts administrators and members of the academic community.

“We’re grateful to the Board of Supervisors for continuing to recognize the critical contributions of nonprofit organizations to our creative economy and quality of life,” said Laura Zucker, executive director of the Arts Commission. “The Board’s ongoing funding commitment has a significant impact on hundreds of diverse arts organizations of all sizes throughout Los Angeles County.”

Additional facts and figures about the 2015-16 OGP grantees can be found below, along with an alphabetical list of current grantees. Detailed grant information is available at lacountyarts.org/grants.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership in cultural services. In addition to its role as an arts funder, the Arts Commission implements the regional initiative dedicated to restoring arts education to 81 school districts, programs and operates the Ford Theatres, funds the largest arts internship program in the country and manages the County’s civic art policy. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the Emmy Award-winning LA County Holiday Celebration for public television.

2015-16 ORGANIZATIONAL GRANTS FACTS AND FIGURES

  • $4,518,000 in grants awarded to 184 county arts organizations.
  • The current allocation represents a $200,000 increase in funding from the previous grant cycle for which this pool of grantees was eligible to apply (2013-14).
  • 89, or 48%, of 2015-16 OGP organizations have applied for funding to pay for salaries or job creation.
  • 15, or 8%, of these organizations are receiving County arts grants for the first time. Of these, 13 are in the small budget category, and two are in the mid-size budget categories.
  • The Arts Commission approved revised and renamed budget categories in this grant cycle as part of an attempt to better reflect the arts sector. The 2015-16 grants, broken down by size of organization, are as follows.
    • SMALL BUDGET OGP I (under $200,000) – 101 grants totaling $1,375,100
    • MID-SIZE BUDGET OGP 2 ($200,000-$1,000,000) – 56 grants totaling $1,529,000
    • MID-SIZE BUDGET OGP 3 ($1,000,000-$15,000,000) – 24 grants totaling $1,190,800
    • LARGE BUDGET OGP 4 (more than $15,000,000) - 3 grants totaling $423,100

In addition to the 184 arts organizations whose grants were approved by the Board of Supervisors on June 30, 180 organizations are receiving the second installment of two-year grants awarded last year. These grantees bring the total number of arts organizations receiving County funds during the current fiscal year to 364.

The breakdown of 2015-16 grantees by discipline is as follows:

  • Arts Education* 30
  • Arts Service** 6
  • Dance 19
  • Literary 2
  • Media Arts 10
  • Multidisciplinary 23
  • Music- Choral Opera 14
  • Music - Instrumental 15
  • Presenting 2
  • Theatre 43
  • Traditional and Folk Art 9
  • Visual Arts 11

*An organization with a mission centered or providing opportunities for children (including students) between the ages of 5-18 to increase their knowledge and skills in one more arts discipline or an arts education related program or project.

**Arts service organizations provide specialized services to the arts and cultural community.

 

Los Angeles County Arts Commission
2015-16 ORGANIZATIONAL GRANTS RECIPIENTS
(Listed in alphabetical order)

  • 18th Street Arts Complex $34,300
  • 501 (see three) ARTS $18,200
  • 826LA $38,200
  • A + D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles $23,500
  • About Productions Inc. $20,900
  • Afro-American Chamber Music $4,200
  • Alliance for California Traditional Arts $42,200
  • American Composers Forum of Los Angeles $3,500
  • American Museum of Ceramic Art $33,400
  • American Youth Symphony, Inc. $33,700
  • Angeles Chorale $19,600
  • Angels Gate Cultural Center $29,600
  • Antaeus Company $29,700
  • Antics Performance $16,500
  • Automata Arts $17,900
  • Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. $21,500
  • Baseball Reliquary, Inc. $6,800
  • Beyond Baroque Foundation $21,400
  • Bilingual Foundation of the Arts $19,100
  • Blue13 Dance Company $14,300
  • Brentwood Westwood Symphony Orchestra Association $3,900
  • Brockus Project Dance Company $8,400
  • Burbank Chorale $5,100
  • Burbank International Film Festival $16,800
  • California Dance Institute $24,900
  • California Lawyers for the Arts $33,000
  • Canyon Theatre Guild $25,200
  • Casa 0101, Inc. $23,400
  • Casa de la Cultura Maya $3,500
  • Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles $150,400
  • Chamber Music Palisades $8,000
  • Cinefamily $42,500
  • Circle X Theatre Company $25,000
  • Clairobscur Dance Company $4,700
  • Claremont Museum of Art $21,500
  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment Foundation, Inc. $22,100
  • Company of Angels, Inc. $11,600
  • Culture Shock Los Angeles Dance Troupe $17,300
  • dA Center for the Arts $16,000
  • Dance Studio “Showtime-Katusha” $6,800
  • Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles $21,300
  • Deaf West Theatre $25,800
  • Downey Art Vibe, Inc. $10,600
  • Downtown Repertory Theater Company, Inc. $3,200
  • Eagle Rock Cultural Association $31,400
  • ETC Theatre Company $5,800
  • Fantasia Family Music $18,800
  • Filmforum Inc. $21,800
  • Floricanto Dance Theatre $19,000
  • Foundation for Dance Education $31,900
  • Fountain Theatre $27,700
  • Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre (FMDT) $3,700
  • Friends Foundation of the California African American Museum $29,000
  • Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts $25,800
  • Friends of the Los Angeles Bach Festival $5,300
  • Fund for Music $38,500
  • Future Roots Inc. $21,400
  • Geffen Playhouse $78,100
  • Ginga Arts Inc. $7,400
  • GO-FAME $15,400
  • Grand Performances $48,000
  • Great Leap, Inc. $18,800
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  • Organization Award Amount
  • H.E.Art Project dba artworxLA $50,000
  • Hollywood Arts Council $19,600
  • Hollywood HEART $22,000
  • Hollywood Master Chorale $6,500
  • Human Resources LA, Inc. $13,200
  • Impro Theater Los Angeles TheatreSports $19,000
  • INCA the Peruvian Music & Dance Ensemble $8,000
  • Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles $22,100
  • Inland Valley Repertory Theatre, Inc. $14,800
  • Inner-City Arts $53,600
  • Innercity Performing Arts $3,000
  • Institute of Art Music and Science $18,100
  • International City Theatre (ICT) $32,500
  • iPalpiti Artists International, Inc. $24,100
  • Japanese American Cultural & Community Center $50,000
  • Justice By Uniting In Creative Energy $4,800
  • KCET Community Television of Southern California $110,000
  • Khmer Arts Academy $24,200
  • Kings and Clowns, Inc. $17,700
  • Kodo Arts Sphere America $3,600
  • LA Contemporary Dance $22,200
  • Lambda Literary Fund $24,800
  • Latino Theater Company $44,100
  • LAUNCH Productions, Inc. $20,100
  • Light Bringer Project $20,100
  • Lineage Dance Company $21,500
  • Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra Inc. $16,100
  • Long Beach Community Players Inc. $25,300
  • Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation $44,100
  • Long Beach Opera $46,000
  • Long Beach Symphony Association $52,600
  • Los Angeles Ballet, Inc. $51,400
  • Los Angeles Chamber Ballet $22,100
  • Los Angeles Children’s Chorus $50,700
  • Los Angeles Clarinet Choir $3,300
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Inc. $27,900
  • Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra $10,200
  • Los Angeles Opera $162,700
  • Los Angeles Poverty Department $23,100
  • Los Angeles Theatre Academy $11,500
  • MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A. $36,200
  • MashUp Contemporary Dance Company $20,000
  • Materials & Applications $20,200
  • Museum of Neon Art $15,700
  • Music Center Education Division $55,300
  • Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra (formerly Apollo Amused) $29,500
  • Musical Theatre Guild $18,100
  • Musical Theatre West $47,900
  • MUSYCA $21,400
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Inc. $29,700
  • Network of Myanmar American Association $4,300
  • New Victory Theatre $20,800
  • Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation $12,700
  • OperaWorks $23,900
  • Orchestra Santa Monica $20,600
  • Other Side of the Hill Productions Inc. $22,900
  • P.S. Arts $54,200
  • Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization $33,900
  • Pacific Resident Theatre $24,200
  • Pasadena Arts Council $35,900
  • Pasadena Conservatory of Music $52,300
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art $38,000
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  • Organization Award Amount
  • Pasadena Symphony Association $51,400
  • Piece by Piece $23,700
  • Plaza de la Raza $30,700
  • Pony Box Dance Theatre $5,700
  • Precision Dance Company $17,900
  • Public Corporation for the Arts $31,100
  • Rampart Theater Project Inc. $22,200
  • Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. $20,500
  • Repertory East Playhouse $17,500
  • Repertory Opera Company $10,100
  • Rogue Artists Ensemble $11,800
  • Rupak School of World Music $3,500
  • Ryman-Carroll Foundation $41,100
  • San Fernando Valley Symphony $11,200
  • San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus $12,200
  • San Pedro City Ballet $19,300
  • Santa Clarita Master Chorale, Inc. $20,900
  • Shakespeare by the Sea $26,500
  • Show Box L.A. $8,400
  • Side Street Projects $24,500
  • SongFest $26,800
  • Sound Art $23,800
  • South Bay Ballet $24,500
  • South Bay Chamber Music Society $11,900
  • South Coast Dance Arts Alliance $7,400
  • South East European Film Festival $9,200
  • Southern California Asian American Studies Central $28,400
  • Suarez Dance Theater Inc. $3,800
  • Symphonic Jazz Orchestra $22,900
  • Team Theatrics, Inc. $19,800
  • Theatre of NOTE $19,100
  • Theatre West Inc. $23,700
  • Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural Inc. $25,100
  • Towne Street Theatre $5,100
  • Unbound Productions $19,700
  • The Blank Theatre Company $23,400
  • The Brimmer Street Theatre Company, Inc. $4,500
  • The Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles $7,700
  • The Garage Theatre $6,800
  • The Ghost Road Company $8,000
  • The Harry Bridges Project $9,800
  • The Music Circle $11,800
  • The New American Theatre $19,700
  • The Pasadena Playhouse $67,800
  • The Santa Fe Springs Chapter of the SPEBSQSA, Inc.(Masters of Harmony)$21,100
  • The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles $43,300
  • The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound $16,100
  • The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company $30,500

  • The Verdi Chorus $19,800
  • the wulf. $4,300
  • Velaslavasay Panorama $20,300
  • Virginia Avenue Project $22,600
  • Watts Village Theater Company $21,100
  • Wesley Music Ministries $13,300
  • Whittier Community Theatre $13,500
  • Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum $35,000
  • Writers Guild Foundation $36,800
  • Yiddishkayt Los Angeles $22,500
  • Young Storytellers Foundation $25,300
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum $50,000