BK Reader: Billie Holiday Theatre Wins 100K Grant to Fund Discounted Tickets

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by Andrea Leonhardt

The Billie Holiday Theatre was awarded a $100,000 grant to help expand its free and discounted ticket program.

The historic Bedford Stuyvesant institution is one of 12 theaters in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan to benefit from a $1.5 million grant awarded from the JL Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust.

“We are delighted to help ensure that New York’s wonderfully robust theater community is accessible to all,” said Christina McInerney, president and CEO of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. “This program will bring new people to the theater, enriching and advancing the lives of city residents.”

The program, designed to bring the performing arts to underrepresented audiences throughout New York, also will help theaters create sustainable programs to expand their audiences for the long term and will fund between $100,000 to $250,000 to the selected theatres’ programs.

“We are deeply honored to be amongst the theaters receiving this grant as it affirms The Billie’s powerful legacy of community engagement,” said Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director of The Billie Holiday Theatre.

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