Michigan Opera Theatre has received $225,000 in federal grants in recent weeks. In June, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded MOT $175,000 to support its MOT at Home digital programming campaign. This month, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded MOT $50,000 to support artists costs during this period of closing due to COVID-19. Both grants are under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The NEH grant supports economic stabilization for more than 300 cultural institutions across the country. MOT is one of only eight performing arts organizations to receive NEH funding, and the only opera company. This is MOT’s first award from the NEH.
MOT at Home uses MOT’s social media channels to provide daily opera and dance content to the community during this time of social distancing, which includes performances, blogs, podcasts, interviews and more. The posts are also available on the MOT at Home website and distributed through weekly emails. The program includes MOT Learns at Home, which provides weekly educational opera and dance study guides, lessons and other resources for students and teachers. MOT at Home was launched in April, and the grant will sustain the program through the end of the calendar year.
The NEA grant is directed at nonprofit arts organizations and supports artists costs during this time of closing due to the spread of COVID-19. It will support contracting ensembles of MOT’s Studio Artists, orchestra musicians and vocalists.
MOT is one of 855 organizations across the country – and one of 23 in the state of Michigan – to receive the grant, amounting to a total of $44.5 million in non-matching funds to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel and facilities costs.
We are grateful for the additional support to continue with MOT programming and operations and look forward to when we can safely re-convene at the Detroit Opera House!