Bay Atlantic Symphony Receives Grant and Citation of Excellence

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VINELAND, N.J. -

The Bay Atlantic Symphony is once again honored to be recognized by a committee of its peers, the New Jersey State Council on The Arts, with a Citation of Excellence and a generous grant for operations support for the fiscal year 2019. The State Council’s Citation of Excellence denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment based on grant applications. The Citation recognizes arts organizations, programs, and projects that showcase the highest degree of artistic quality, programming, and public service in the arts.    

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects, and artists throughout the state in July of 2018. The awards were announced at the Arts Council’s 52nd Annual Meeting held at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Bay Atlantic Symphony received a grant in the amount of $40,379 for general operations support. 

Of the 700 organizations, projects and individual artists receiving grant support, only 46 organizations or projects received the highest evaluations and were honored with a Citation of Excellence, with Bay Atlantic Symphony among them. 

“The arts challenge us to be creative and learn new skills, all of which help keep the mind astute and boost confidence,” said New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “We congratulate and remain extremely grateful to today’s award winners for their contribution and dedication to preserving a vital resource in their communities that directly improves the quality of life for everyone,”

Last year, Council grantees spent $275 million in New Jersey; employed an estimated 25,000 workers; and attracted nearly 7.5 million patrons who spent an additional $232 million in the state. New Jersey artists and arts organizations produced one dollar of local economic activity for every three cents in grant funding received from the State Arts Council.

“Our 2019 Citation of Excellence Award marks the third time Bay Atlantic Symphony has been honored with this distinction,” said Tom Giegerich, president of Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Board of Trustees.

“For more than 30 years the symphony has been dedicated to bringing the immense beauty and inspiration of classical music to South Jersey residents through concerts, music education, and life enrichment programs. It is gratifying to have this work recognized by a committee of our peers at the highest level,” he added.

Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services. Under the baton of Music Director Jed Gaylin, the Bay Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southernmost counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at several venues, including the historic Landis Theater in Vineland.

To learn more, visit BayAtlantic Symphony.org, call 609-449-8780, or visit them on Facebook.


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