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$50k grant will support Madison’s efforts to create equitable music economy

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Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:22 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A $50,000 grant approved for Greater Madison Music City will support efforts to make a more equitable music economy in the area, the Madison mayor announced Thursday.

The City of Madison explained the Our Town Grant is from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA is administering these grants to help strengthen communities using art, culture and design.

The project will plan cultural assets, measure the economic impact of the music sector and identify barriers to equal access in city policies.

Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway said the grant will help musicians and those in the music industry create a more equitable economic recovery through art.

“Madison is working to tackle issues of systemic racism in the music industry, to attract more music tourism, and to build on our strengths as a music city,” said Rhodes Conway.

Urban Planner Angela Puerta said the team has already formed music sub-committees to reinforce community empowerment.

“We need a diverse group of individuals to make decisions and help us design a comprehensive framework to guide actions and implement the changes we need to be an inclusive music City,” said Puerta.

The Our Town Grant is one of 63 grants given out nationwide.

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