Federal Grant for Arts Organizations

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 --- 12:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Eighteen arts organizations in Wisconsin will receive federal grants to help save their workers' jobs.

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal to award $318,500 in federal stimulus funds to the groups. Grants will range from $8,500 to $25,000.

Recipients include the Madison Ballet, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, American Players Theatre and the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

The Arts Board selected the groups out of 94 applicants. The money comes from a $50 million pot of federal money designed to help groups that are struggling in the recession and facing potential downsizing.

Not receiving funding is the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. The committee voted down a proposal by Sen. Judy Robson to give the symphony $15,000.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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