ArtsMemphis Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants

Memphis Flyer, Jon W. Sparks — ArtsMemphis has awarded $900,000 to 45 arts organizations for operating support and another $70,650 to 26 groups through the Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant program. The operating support grants have long been central to ArtsMemphis’ mission of helping to grow a sustainable arts community. The unrestricted funding comes from local individuals, foundations and corporations, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for t... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

ArtsMemphis data shows collective loss of $24M for arts orgs, readies more emergency funds

Memphis Business Journal, Corey Davis — A brush of uncertainty still surrounds the local arts community, despite some improvement from the pandemic's effects. ArtsMemphis — the Mid-South’s main arts funder, supporting both artists and local arts organizations — is set to launch another round of its Artist Emergency Fund. Artist assistance Elizabeth Rouse, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis, said the organization will start distributing funds to all types of ... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

Nearly $1 million given to dozens of Memphis arts organizations through ArtsMemphis grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local24 ArtsMemphis has awarded 45 arts organizations $900,000 dollars through its Operating Support grant.  Of the awarded organizations, 40% are led by a person of color and 58% serve participants who are a majority people of color.  “We know how critical unrestricted operating support is to shape a sustainable arts community,” ArtsMemphis President & CEO Elizabeth Rouse said. “We are committed to continuing to carry these organi... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021

ArtsMemphis Awards New Round of Grants, Welcomes New Leadership, Releases New Data

MEMPHIS—This week, ArtsMemphis has announced a new round of grant distributions totaling close to $1 million, introduced new Board leadership and appointees, welcomed a new Chief Financial Officer, and released new data on the state of the arts. New Grant Distributions ArtsMemphis has granted $2.2 million this past year to 64 arts organizations and hundreds of artists. Today, additional funding totaling just under $1 million has been announced through ArtsMemphis’ Operating Supp... Read More
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at Friday, Sep 17, 2021

ArtsMemphis, First Horizon scramble to patch holes in arts budgets

By Peggy Burch, Daily Memphian | Published May 18, 2021   Nonprofit arts organizations hunkered down after the pandemic preyed on their budgets last year. Elizabeth Rouse, president and CEO at ArtsMemphis, delivered some grim numbers from a poll of 50 of those groups as 2020 ended. “They collectively report a $20 million loss in 2020 compared to the year prior,” she said. “From a jobs perspective, about 44% of their workforce experienced layoffs or furlough. That&rsqu... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Tuesday, May 18, 2021

A Year of Rapid Change

This article was published by Americans for the Arts in the Spring 20221 issue of Arts Link magazine.   As we enter the second year of life with COVID-19, the impact of this past year can still be felt in every corner of our lives. Work was disrupted; loved ones lost; and a 24-hour news cycle inundated us with political upheaval, the murder of Black Americans, and racist attacks on Asian Americans. The facts of the coronavirus and institutional racism forced deeper examin... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Monday, May 3, 2021

Guest column: Practicing Memphis' guiding principal

Memphis Business Journal Guest Column: Bo Allen – President, First Horizon-West Tennessee | Published April 22, 2021 Memphis has a reputation for its grit, grind, and its unrivaled generosity — all of which, I believe, has shaped Memphis’ distinctive culture. Our intrinsic desire to give and give back continues to cultivate a pipeline of talent and ideas. At First Horizon, we hold a strong belief that in order for us to be successful, the communities in which we serve must... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Thursday, Apr 22, 2021

First Horizon Foundation invests $450,000 in local arts organizations

18 arts organizations to receive funds through ArtsFirst grant program at ArtsMemphis MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 22, 2021– First Horizon Foundation is proud to announce its investment of $450,000 in 18 local arts organizations through its partnership with ArtsMemphis, the primary arts funder for Memphis and Shelby County. First Horizon is a longtime significant arts contributor and leverages the grant-making expertise of ArtsMemphis to ensure continued meaningful impact in the arts co... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Thursday, Apr 22, 2021

ArtsMemphis named featured nonprofit for Vintage901® Wine, Food, and Music Festival 2021: A celebration of life, culture and each other.

(Memphis, TN) Vintage901® celebrates its 5th Anniversary by bringing the “Grand Tasting” to the Levitt Shell on May 15, 2021. This will be a special event featuring incredible wine, wine education, Memphis music, and great chefs. Tickets are on sale now at  This year the Grand Tasting is an outdoor event where participants can practice social distancing and still have a great time. This one-day event will have two opportunities for participation &ndas... Read More
Posted by Josie Ballin at Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021

ArtsMemphis supporting local arts organizations through grants

By Camille Connor, WMC TV | April 14, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT | link to video   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - ArtsMemphis is offering grant funding to organizations in West Tennessee in collaboration with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The grants are a part of the Arts Build Communities program. It is open to Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties. “They can apply for these grants to really help broaden access to arts experience,” said Elizabeth Rouse, p... Read More

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