ATG Member-Generated Project for 2012-2013 Grant Awarded
November 1, 2012
The selection committee for the ATG Member-Generated Projects grants has unanimously awarded the one $500 grant available this year for single projects to the Rio Grande Players (RGP).
RGP presents several productions each year of radio scripts (chiefly comedies and mysteries) from the U.S.‘s “Golden Age of Radio” in the 1940s and ‘50s. Prior to each public, paying production, RGP takes that show to two senior centers or assisted-living facilities, at no charge to the venues or the audience members. Because many senior audience members require sound amplification, RGP has, up to now, been limited to taking its free performances to facilities that have their own sound systems. RTG applied to ATG for $500 to help defray the cost of purchasing portable sound-amplification equipment that would enable the group to take its free productions to many more venues that do not have sound systems. The total cost of the equipment is projected be over $900. The selection committee felt that this project makes a laudable effort to extend the reach of live theatre to an underserved audience—an audience that often is also unable to travel to see live theatre. Hence, RGP was our choice for the maximum award of $500. However, I would like to emphasize that there were a number of very worthy applications among the seven we received for single-project grants, and the committee wishes that more ATG funds were available so that we could have helped more of those projects.
There were also three applications for grants to group projects. Unfortunately, for technical reasons having to do with adherence to the application guidelines, the selection committee was unable to award a grant for any of these projects.
This was considered a pilot program this year. The ATG board will decide whether to continue this program and to solicit applications again next year, but the hope is that more funds may be available for the program in next year’s ATG budget, which would allow offering more grants. The program is one way for ATG to “give back” to its members, both organizational and individual, with thanks for their continuing support of ATG.