Department of Arts & Culture Launches Grants to Support Performing Arts in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 13, 2020) – The Department of Arts & Culture today announced two new grant programs to support the San Antonio Performing Arts community. The grants aim to assist arts nonprofits and individual professional artists to provide high-quality, innovative and accessible Performing Arts programming in San Antonio.

Developed through the Department's Performing Arts Strategic Plan, a result of multiple community meetings and discussions with performing arts organizations, artists and patrons, these grants provide assistance for costs associated with producing Performing Arts programs as well as Performing Arts venue improvements:

Production Costs Grants

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  • Available to nonprofit Performing Arts producing organizations and individual professional performing artists.          Provides support for equipment rental, security costs and back-of-house fees at union labor rates for productions already scheduled between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.          The productions must be held within San Antonio city limits and with Bexar County residents comprising at least 70 percent of the artistic performers.

Performing Arts Venue Facility Improvement Grant
  • Available to nonprofit Performing Arts Producing Organizations that receive operational grants from the Department of Arts & Culture.          Applicants must own or hold a long-term lease of their venue or have a lease of a city-owned facility.          This grant provides funding up to $10,000 for the purchase of equipment or improvements for a Performing Arts Facility.

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"Our strategic planning sessions not only worked to identify the needs of the Performing Arts community, but also specific tactics to meet those needs," said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, Department of Arts & Culture. "These new grants meet the objective of determining additional funding sources for Performing Arts as well as providing increased access to affordable and diverse venues."

The Performing Arts grants utilize revenue generated by the new Arts & Entertainment Fund, created with the City's Convention, Sports Facilities Department's five-year ticketing agreement with Ticketmaster for City-controlled venues including the Lila Cockrell Theatre, Alamodome and Carver Community Cultural Center. Ten percent of all facility fees collected annually will be contributed to this fund, with the revenues managed by the Department of Arts & Culture to fund the Performing Arts grant programs.

Each grant has specific eligibility, Intent to Apply, and application requirements, which can be found at More information about the Performing Arts Strategic Plan can be found at

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