The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs announced on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 that Empire City Men's Chorus is the recipient of a 2016 Cultural Development Fund Award in the amount of $5,000 in support of its 2015-2016 Thriving Together Performance Season. The season will include six public concerts featuring Empire City Men's Chorus under the direction of Vince Peterson, Artistic Director, with Sean Forte, Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Accompanist. Thriving Together will encompass three two-concert series, including This Old House (November 2015), Thrive: An ECMC Holiday Celebration (December 2015), and a to-be-announced concert series in May 2016.
As described on their website, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life. One of its primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for not-for-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the City of New York. Qualifying not-for-profit organizations are funded through the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), which is managed by DCLA’s Program Services Unit. These awards support a wide variety of programs organized by cultural organizations ranging from neighborhood-based groups to New York City's largest cultural institutions. CDF Applications are submitted online each year, and are reviewed by panels comprised of experts in the field and representatives of the City's elected officials.
Currently, the DCLA receives applications from more than 1,100 organizations, and administers grants totaling $35 million to more than 881 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors.