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February 22, 2023

Central Mass. arts nonprofits receive $400K to offset casino power

Photo | Timothy Doyle A Music Worcester event at Mechanics Hall in Worcester featuring the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Three Central Massachusetts nonprofits received a total of $400,000 from Massachusetts Cultural Council as part of the Gaming Mitigation Program in fiscal 2023.

The Gaming Mitigation Program was created to help level the playing field for performing arts nonprofits as newly opened casinos in the state can spend significant money to attract performances, according to a Feb. 9 press release from MCC.

The majority of the $3.74 million awarded in fiscal 2023 went to organizations in Eastern Massachusetts, but in Central Massachusetts The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Worcester received $225,000, Music Worcester received $103,700, and The Center for Arts in Natick received $72,400.

The Mass. Cultural Council administers the program at the direction of the state legislature as part of the Gaming Revenue Fund, which is funded by the tax on gross gaming revenue received from gaming licensees. In two years, the fund has granted $7 million to 50 organizations statewide.

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