Academy of Music Theatre Selected for the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative - ACADEMY OF MUSIC

Academy of Music Theatre Selected for the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative

A $25 million investment in 29 arts organizations from across Massachusetts over six years to strengthen their financial health and “adaptive capacity.”

We are pleased to announce that the Academy of Music Theatre was selected to participate in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. A partnership between two Boston-based foundations – Barr and The Klarman Family Foundation – the initiative is a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Participating organizations receive flexible, multi-year operating support grants, in addition to training and technical assistance from TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm. Academy of Music Theatre’s engagement in the initiative begins with two grants from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation over three years.  For more information on this initiative please visit:

“Organizations like Academy of Music Theatre are the cultural hearts of their communities,” said San San Wong, Director of Arts & Creativity for the Barr Foundation. “They are sites of public assembly and dialogue, often working to foster understanding and connection across cultural differences. It is our privilege to support the Academy of Music Theatre this journey to further strengthen its financial health and capacity to adapt to change – that it might deepen and continue this work for years to come.”

“Arts organizations, including Academy of Music Theatre play a critical role in the health of our communities,” said Laura Sherman, Director, Greater Boston Grantmaking for The Klarman Family Foundation. “We are committed to strengthening this cohort of 29 arts organizations across the Commonwealth that have the ability to connect and enliven communities through culture, tradition and creative expression, and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

Representing diversity across artistic disciplines, geographic reach, stages of organizational development, and budget sizes, the 29 organizations participating in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative are:

  • Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton)
  • A Far Cry (Boston)
  • Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield)
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (Boston)
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Malden)
  • Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)
  • Community Access to the Arts (Great Barrington)
  • Community Art Center (Cambridge)
  • Community Music School of Springfield (Springfield)
  • Company One Theatre (Boston)
  • The Dance Complex (Cambridge)
  • Design Museum Boston (Boston)
  • Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield)
  • Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts (Boston)
  • Featherstone Center for the Arts (Martha’s Vineyard)
  • Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell)
  • New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (New Bedford)
  • New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (New Bedford)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
  • Now + There (Boston)
  • Payomet Performing Arts Center (North Truro)
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown)
  • Raw Art Works (Lynn)
  • The Record Co. (Boston)
  • SpeakEasy Stage (Boston)
  • Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
  • Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford)

The Academy of Music Theatre and each participant in this initiative will receive multi-year, unrestricted operating grants. Additionally, through a grant to TDC, a nationally recognized nonprofit consulting and research group, organizations will also receive customized training and technical assistance, and be eligible for supplemental funds for targeted research, capacity building, and/or pilot projects. Last week, the foundations made the first set of three-year grants under the new initiative, marking the beginning of what is expected to be a six-year journey of learning, collaboration, and growth.

For more information about the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative page, including the ideas underlying the effort, key elements of the experience for participating organizations, selection criteria, and evaluation findings, visit

About the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative:
The Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative is a $25 million investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts to strengthen their long-term financial health and ability to adapt to change. This joint effort of the Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation is rooted in the belief that arts and cultural organizations have enormous potential to add value to the vibrancy, social wellbeing, and creative economies of their communities. Yet, amidst rapid change in our communities and broader society, they must also grow and change. Compelling artistic programming that engages diverse artists and audiences is necessary to remain relevant and to thrive; but, it is not enough. Arts and cultural organizations also need a sound operating model with adequate and appropriate capital, and staff and board members who embrace change and cultural differences. Over six years, participating organizations will receive multi-year, flexible operating grants and be eligible for supplemental funds, in addition to training, technical assistance and coaching in these essential capacities provided by TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm, and partner to the foundations.