Matt Loewen - Bass - sings with a multitude of friends for the opening 2018 season of the Mishawaka.
Matt Loewen - Bass - sings with a multitude of friends for the opening 2018 season of the Mishawaka.

Venue to award up to $15,000 in “Mish Granted” funds as part of company philanthropic initiative

Mishawaka Amphitheatre will distribute up to $15,000 in direct artist development funding by the end of year, via the venue’s Mish Initiative philanthropic program, with applications being accepted from October 1 – November 15. Nearly 60 applicants submitted creative applications in 2017 to be considered for the first-ever “Mish Granted” round, and 23 artists were awarded financial backing for a variety of creative projects.

“Without the Mish Granted funding we received, we wouldn’t have been able to finish our latest EP,” said Josh Rivera, guitarist for Fort Collins band I Am The Owl. “We were able to record the album at The Blasting Room, a world-class studio that also happens to be based in Fort Collins. It’s great that we could circulate the investment the Mish made in us back into our local music industry economy.”

Some of the 2017 funds also allowed local musicians to take their show on the road, including acoustic Native Americana artist Cary Morin, a veteran of the Fort Collins music scene who applied Mish Granted funding toward a continuing education trip to the Folk Alliance International Conference in 2018.

“Unrestricted funding like this is invaluable to touring artists like me,” Morin said. “It is difficult to find the funds to continue developing one’s self professionally. I was able to do that with the assistance of Mish Initiative. The experience of being able to collaborate, meet new presenters and artists, and take advantage of the latest industry practices each year is critical to my continued success as an artist.”

Applicants for Mish Granted awards are encouraged to answer the question “What’s Your Wish?”, with minimal constraints placed on the request process itself. Funding is available for music-related projects, though recipients do not necessarily need to be musicians. Requests in 2017 ranged from coverage for more utilitarian music expenses like gear, marketing, merchandise and manufacturing to more unusual items, such as matching shoes for a local a cappella chorus, or a day off work for a musician to concentrate and create.

Next, Mishawaka philanthropy will turn toward providing funding for organizations and events, through the venue’s Mish’n Booster sponsorship initiative. Additional applications for 2019 events and programs will be accepted starting in January, with $7500 total available during the application period.

The full list of 2017 Mish Granted beneficiaries can be found at:

Learn more about Mish Initiative funding: http://www.themishawaka.com/mish-initiative/

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