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Northampton Arts Council To Make Second Round Of COVID Relief Grants

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Northampton Arts Council

    Live entertainment, arts and cultural events are returning to western Massachusetts. But artists are hurting financially after more than a year of lost income.

    The Massachusetts Arts Council’s COVID-19 impact survey found that in western Massachusetts alone 558 artists reported lost income of almost $5 million since March 2020.

    To help artists and arts producers, the Northampton Arts Council recently announced a second round of relief grants.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with executive director Brian Foote.

   The application for a grant is due on May 15th.    The organization is also accepting donations to support the grant program.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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