Endless Mountain Music Festival Receives National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant

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Tioga County, PA-based organization is one of only 150 national winners.

Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, Artistic Director of the Endless Mountain Music Festival

Wellsboro, PA and Corning, NY, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Endless Mountain Music Festival is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. Endless Mountain Music Festival is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support a series of sixteen performances and related activities presented in venues throughout northern Pennsylvania and southern New York.

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants support two major outcomes: public engagement with diverse and excellent art and livability, or the strengthening of communities through the arts. In this FY 2014 funding round, the NEA received 294 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications requesting $2.94 million in funding. The NEA will award 150 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations in 46 states, including 33 first-time NEA grantees, or 22 percent of all CAFT grantees in this round.

"Endless Mountain Music Festival is honored to receive this prestigious grant for the third year in a row. The competition at this level is strenuous and rigorous. Our artistic achievement is a direct result of our Artistic Director, Stephen Gunzenhauser," said Cynthia Long, Endless Mountain Music Festival Executive Director.

"The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States," said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "We're proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities."

See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at http://www.arts.gov.

The 2014 Endless Mountain Music Festival is slated for July 26 through August 10 - visit http://www.endlessmountain.net for the performance schedule, as well as their upcoming Winter Jazz Fest in January

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