“We want to cultivate a community of dreamers,” said Dani Grant, Mishawaka Amphitheatre owner and general manager, “and the Mish Initiative makes it easy to foster creative thinking and encourage giving.” Grant, who founded the now-dormant music nonprofit SpokesBUZZ, designed the Mish Initiative program to be simple, straightforward, and flexible – in part as a response to more traditional philanthropic efforts that require “too much paper and too many rules.”

The iconic Northern Colorado venue seeks to encourage employee giving and support the local music scene through this new philanthropic program. Mish Initiative encompasses three main arenas: Mish Granted creates a grant pool of $20,000 yearly for directly supporting artists, with a maximum award of $1500 per applicant. Mish Granted emphasizes giving to musicians/music-related projects. Mish n’ Booster will award cash and in-kind donations to organizations and events aligning with Mish values. Mish Match will pay Mishawaka employees for up to five hours per month spent volunteering, and will match employee giving up to $300 per month. The Mish Match mission is to motivate staff and strengthen community by incentivizing philanthropic action by employees.

“The application for artist funding – called ‘Mish Granted’ – is literally a blank sheet of paper,” Grant said. “We want to get rid of the constraints and put the emphasis back on creativity. It’s not about how well you fill out forms or achieve arbitrary goals, it’s about what you want to create, make, dream and do.”

For more information on the Mish Initiative or to apply, visit: themishawaka.com/mish-initiative.

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