FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY, October 29, 2014 – The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs announced today that Voices of Gotham is the recipient of a 2015 Cultural Development Fund Award in the amount of $5,800 in support of its 2014-2015 Community Concert & Contest Series. This series will include two public concerts featuring Voices of Gotham, in addition to the Tin Pan Alley Quartet Competition, an annual public barbershop quartet contest, which will bring quartets from the five boroughs of New York City and the Tri-State area to compete in front of both an audience and adjudication panel. All performances will feature new arrangements of songs written in the barbershop harmony style by the emerging and established composers of Voices of Gotham's Arrangers' Lab.
As described on their website, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life. One of its primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for not-for-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the City of New York. Qualifying not-for-profit organizations are funded through the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), which is managed by DCLA’s Program Services Unit. These awards support a wide variety of programs organized by cultural organizations ranging from neighborhood-based groups to New York City's largest cultural institutions. CDF Applications are submitted online each year, and are reviewed by panels comprised of experts in the field and representatives of the City's elected officials.
Currently, the DCLA receives applications from more than 1,000 organizations, and administers grants totaling $32 million to more than 880 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors.
For a complete listing of recipients of DCLA 2015 Cultural Development Fund awards, please visit the DCLA website at http://on.nyc.gov/1y0S6Eh.
ABOUT VOICES OF GOTHAM
Founded in 2008, The Hell's Kitchen, NY Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the rich American tradition of men's barbershop harmony. As a chapter of SPEBSQSA, a.k.a. the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), we are part of a 25,000 member international organization that promotes barbershop as an art form, enriches lives through singing, and provides service to our communities. The chorus performs, competes, and does business as Voices of Gotham (VoG). VoG is ranked by the BHS as one of the top twenty barbershop choruses worldwide. With over 80 members and growing, VoG is a dues-paying organization that includes high school and college students, professional actors and musicians, and men of all ages, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds who enjoy raising their voices in song. Learn more about us www.voicesofgotham.org.