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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to Remain Closed Through September 23; Virtual Programming Announced

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, but will be presenting a robust mix of virtual programs.

Read their statement here:

A Community Update from The Wallis

To Our Wallis Family:

We hope that, amidst the backdrop of our unusual landscape right now, you have been able to enjoy The Wallis’ many recent digital offerings over the past few weeks, such as the livestreamed performances of Romantics Anonymous from the UK and Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone from Italy as well as the virtual showcases for GRoW @ The Wallis’ Staged Stories and Beyond Words. For us at The Wallis, they have been our salve. With fall upon us, we thought it was important to update you regarding our current plans.

Last July 30, we shared with you our intended programming for the coming year, full of hope that we would be able to invite you back to our stages in some manner. But we have now determined that The Wallis will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio Theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, due to the current state of the viral pandemic, local and county health and safety regulations and significant economic sensitivities. Naturally, this is heartbreaking for all of us, but we do not foresee a viable way to make indoor live performances work safely and economically at this time.

However, our decision does not mean that The Wallis will be inactive or unimaginative while our theaters remain closed! On the contrary, we will continue to provide a robust mix of compelling virtual programs, both artistic and educational, as well as opportunities for

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The Music Center Announces $25 Million Gift from Philanthropists Tina and Jerry Moss to Benefit Programming and Enhance Access to Arts Experiences

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Music Center today announced it received a $25 million gift from Tina and Jerry Moss to benefit new programming initiatives. With this gift, the arts organization will establish an annual, free summer concert, open to all, to be held outdoors on the newly named Jerry Moss Plaza, located at The Music Center; sustain and enhance The Music Center’s commitment to free and low-cost events; and formally launch arts partnerships with community organizations to help uplift artists and their work, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC ) artists. Jerry Moss, a longtime Music Center supporter since 1968, is the legendary music executive who co-founded A&M Records with partner Herb Alpert and guided the careers of major artists, including Quincy Jones, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Sting and Janet Jackson, among countless other music industry luminaries.

The $25 million gift is the largest single contribution for programming that The Music Center has received in its history and will be used to increase the breadth and depth of the organization’s public presentations. Other significant gifts over the years include $20 million from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, which made it possible for the performing arts center to create the highly popular Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series—featuring presentations by world-class dance companies—along with $12 million from The Music Center Board of Directors Chair Cindy Miscikowski and the Ring-Miscikowski/The Ring Foundation, which seeded the launch of the TMC Arts Fund to produce arts education, dance and public programs at The Music Center.

The Tina and Jerry Moss gift empowers the arts organization to sustain its current free and low-cost presentations while also creating new arts experiences, supporting The Music Center’s vision to deepen the cultural lives of all Angelenos by ensuring

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Virtual programming a lifeline, but NJ arts remain in dire straits


Poetry, painting, sculpture and song are emerging from one of the darkest periods in modern U.S. history.

Bucks County Courier Times

Virtual programming isn’t a Band-Aid for arts organizations anymore. It’s become a lifeline for many groups in New Jersey while theaters, museums, studios and more remain shut down due to coronavirus.

And it’s become a key component of their futures, even when it’s safe for the curtains to go up and the doors to re-open.

The good news is that virtual programming has been somewhat of a silver lining, allowing organizations to stretch their innovation, keep some employees on the payroll, continue connecting with audiences, expand their reach beyond their local communities, and, in some cases, even raise funds.

But despite the bright points, there’s no way to sugarcoat the situation as a whole. The shutdown forced by the pandemic, which began in mid-March, has decimated the arts industry in the state and around the country.

The stars will be out in Newark this fall and winter at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. (Photo: Courtesy of NJPAC)

New Jersey’s nonprofit arts institutions lost $30 million in revenue as of July, a number that has only continued to grow, according to the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

More: NJ theaters, museums have lost $30M so far due to COVID. Here’s how you can help.

New Jersey’s nonprofit arts sector is made up of more than 500 theaters, museums, galleries, performing arts centers, dance companies, symphonies and other cultural groups across the state. 

It’s not just the organizations themselves that are suffering. The ripple effect the industry has on its communities is far-reaching.

In fiscal year 2019, it pumped more than $662 million into New Jersey’s economy, including $29 million to local

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Lakeland Launches New Website Dedicated To Local Arts

LAKELAND, FL — Lakeland residents now have a simple way of finding out about current and future arts performances. A new website was created by the Lakeland mayor’s council on the arts to establish Lakeland as an arts destination.

The website LkldArts.org features information about upcoming performances in dance, theater, exhibitions, film, music and family events. It also helps visitors learn about ways to support the Lakeland non-profit arts community.

“This historic initiative to brand Lakeland Arts by the mayor’s council on the arts demonstrates how the collective power of arts-related non-profits is positioning Lakeland as an arts destination,” said Dr. Craig Collins, council chair.

The mayor’s council on the arts includes representatives from each of the 15 arts organizations, who were selected by a majority vote of the Lakeland City Commission. Their goal is to promote the importance of having a vibrant arts scene.

Local branding and marketing agency Made partnered with the city to help create the social media and website for the arts promotion.

“As part of the creative industry ourselves, we are proud of the steps our city has taken to highlight the arts and its importance to our economy,” said Michelle Ledford, president of Made. “Creating and promoting brands is what we do every day. It has been our privilege to help make this historic initiative happen.”

For more information about arts in the Lakeland community, visit LkldArts.org.

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