Chorale receives DECD/COA grant for LFI

DECD/COA logo for grantThe Greater Middletown Chorale has learned from Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development’s CT Office of the Arts that it has been awarded a grant for the “Letter from Italy” Documentary in the amount of $60,000 — the largest single grant in the Chorale’s history!

This pivotal grant award, in the COA’s Arts Leadership/Implementation category, is a dream come true.  Although it comprises only about 20% of the Total LFI Project budget and about 50% of the Documentary budget, it will probably ensure that the full one-hour, High-Definition Documentary film will come to be.Thus, the entire “Letter from Italy, 1944” project will be effectively documented.  It will take the viewer from Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s commission and composition through the Connecticut Community Conversations and rehearsals to the “Letter from Italy, 1944” Premiere Concert (April 28) and reactions to all of this from the artists, the audience and Veterans among those groups.

Moreover, the Documentary will give LFI legs—yea, wings—as multiple broadcasts reach 40,000 to 60,000 people at a showing.  Your Chorale’s small pebble will create ever-expanding ripples in the world’s virtual pond.

Other grant applications are pending, that, coupled with donations, sponsorships and sold-out ticket sales, will make the total and unique project succeed. Yes, this is heady stuff!

So join in our joyous excitement and thanks to the COA for this important and propelling catalyst of a grant.  Please let your state legislators know how greatly it is appreciated.  The GMC needs your active help in continuing this magical journey of LFI.

Grants for the Letter from Italy, 1944 project announced

Grants for Letter from Italy, 1944 announcedThe Easthampton-Portland Patch.com site published an article by Deirdre Roberts announcing recent grants supporting Letter from Italy, 1944.

Grants demonstrate broad base of support

The article announces the receipt of over $16,000 in grants over the past 10 months. These  monetary awards demonstrate that the Greater Middletown Chorale is receiving broad support from the arts community for commissioning and producing this original, large chorale dramatic work.

Read the article here.