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Passim Announces 2016 Iguana Music Fund Grantees

Twenty five grants totaling over $40,000 awarded to musicians to enhance careers and support community outreach projects!

Iguana Fund

Cambridge, MA, December 19, 2016 – Passim announced today that over $40,000 has been awarded to 25 different musicians by the Iguana Music Fund.  The grants are awarded annually to musicians for projects that enhance their careers or aid their community outreach efforts. Marking the Cambridge organization’s 9th year of grant making, Passim has awarded over $300,000 in grants to date.

The Iguana Music Fund was launched in 2008 after an anonymous donor approached Passim with the idea to start a program to help local artists and annually provides grants from $500 to $2,000 to musicians with a New England connection. Grants are made in the areas of recording or manufacturing assistance; publicity & marketing support; equipment & instruments; songwriting retreats; tour support; special projects and other specific activities promoting artistic and/or professional growth.

The 2016 Iguana Music Fund grant recipients are:

“Passim continues to provide live musical experiences for artists at all stages of their career,” said Jim Wooster, Executive Director of Passim. “The Iguana Music Fund grants allow us to help musicians complete important career-developing projects and community programs.”

Many of the grants are being used by the recipients for career development. Aurora BirchAwaaz DoCelia WoodsmithEmma JuneGennaRose NethercottGreg LisztJohn FaraoneJulia MarkMiriam ElhajliSan LorenzoSeamus Galligan, and Windbornewill use the grant to fund new recordings. Lyle Brewer will be using his grant to purchase a new guitar and Shannon Heaton will be using her grant to purchase a new flute. A2Z TalentAriel Bernstein and Lauren Parks will be using their grants for new recording equipment.

Several grants will be used for community programs including Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow who will use their grant to tour schools across the country to inspire youth to tell their own stories. RISING, a nonprofit out of Rhode Island will use their grant to create an instrument scholarship for students who perform at nursing homes.  Sorcha Cribben-Merrill will use their grant to perform in underfunded assisted living centers across the country.

Boston Scottish Fiddle Club plans to continue hosting Celtic workshops for young musicians. Nat Seelen will be creating an online and printed method book for Klezmer music. Hindie Rock Fest is a DIY, 100% volunteer run, organized and funded cultural festival and they will be putting their grant towards a venue.

In addition to the 23 grants, Passim’s Iguana Music Fund continues to support two multi-year “Baby Iguana” grants that have previously been awarded to the Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat, a program that brings together a group of artists for a week each summer to write and collaborate in a secluded setting on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and Miles of Music Camp, a week-long retreat exploring traditional folk music, modern songwriting and how they work together.

A free concert showcasing the work of the 2016 Iguana Music Fund grants recipients will take place at Club Passim on April 10 at 7:00pm.  Club Passim is located in Harvard Square at 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA 02138.  Free tickets to the Iguana Music Fund showcase at Club Passim are available online at www.passim.org, by phone at 617-492-7679 (9:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday) or at the box office sixty minutes before the show begins.

Pop Cello? Folk Cello? Both Were In The House

My review of this terrific show by Mike Block and Friends at Club Passim can be seen on No Depression by clicking here.

Mike Block

Mike Block

Charlie Rose, Mike Block

Charlie Rose, Mike Block

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Greg Liszt

Greg Liszt

Balla Kouyate

Balla Kouyate

Sean Trischka, Balla Kouyate, Mike Block, Michele Beneforti

Sean Trischka, Balla Kouyate, Mike Block, Michele Beneforti

Marie Finkelmeier

Maria Finkelmeier

Mike Block

Mike Block

Mike Block and Friends

Mike Block and Friends

Balla Kouyate

Balla Kouyate

Greg Liszt

Greg Liszt

Charlie Rose, Mike Block, Greg Liszt

Charlie Rose, Mike Block, Greg Liszt

Mike Block

Mike Block

Balla Kouyate, Mike Block

Balla Kouyate, Mike Block

Mike Block

Mike Block

Mike Block, Greg Liszt

Mike Block, Greg Liszt

Charlie Rose, Mike Block

Charlie Rose, Mike Block

Mike Block

Mike Block

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Mike Block

Mike Block

Balla Kouyate

Balla Kouyate

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Mike Block

Mike Block

Charlie Roise

Charlie Roise

Mike Block

Mike Block

Charlie Roise

Charlie Roise

Mike Block

Mike Block

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Mike Block, Greg Liszt

Mike Block, Greg Liszt

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Thrills And Chills In Abundance

Click here to read my review of this show on No Depression.

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Kellan 'Social Grace' Zakula

Kellan ‘Social Grace’ Zakula

Dietrich 'IT' Strause

Dietrich ‘IT’ Strause

Seat Trischka, Stash 'Eddie Van Halen' Wyslouch, Nate 'Abe Lincoln' Sadak

Seat Trischka, Stash ‘Eddie Van Halen’ Wyslouch, Nate ‘Abe Lincoln’ Sadak

Jenna 'Zombie' Moynihan, Isa 'Dolly Parton' Burke

Jenna ‘Zombie’ Moynihan, Isa ‘Dolly Parton’ Burke

Mike 'Arkansas Wal-Mart Shopper' Block

Mike ‘Arkansas Wal-Mart Shopper’ Block

Michele Beneforti

Michele Beneforti

Mairi 'Zombie' Chaimbeul

Mairi ‘Zombie’ Chaimbeul

Maggie Gearan, Jenna Moynihan, Isa Burke

Maggie Gearan, Jenna Moynihan, Isa Burke

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Nate Sadak

Nate Sadak

Dietrich Strause

Dietrich Strause

Michele Beneforti

Michele Beneforti

Isa Burke

Isa Burke

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends (Sumaia Jackson on fiddle in white sweater)

Sean Trischka and Friends (Sumaia Jackson on fiddle in white sweater)

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Kellen 'Social Grace' Zakula

Kellen ‘Social Grace’ Zakula

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Dietrich Strause

Dietrich Strause

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Mairi Chaimbeul

Mairi Chaimbeul

Sean Trischka and Friends

Sean Trischka and Friends

Bluegrass Meets Heavy Metal – What A Concept!

My review on No Depression of the show represented by these photos can be read by clicking here.

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan Winkel

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan Winkel

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Noam Weisenberg

Noam Weisenberg

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch and band

Stash Wyslouch and band

More cowbell, Stash!

More cowbell, Stash!

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Duncan Winkel

Duncan Winkel

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

'I Saw the Light' Lyrics Board

‘I Saw the Light’ Lyrics Board

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch and Isa Burke

Stash Wyslouch and Isa Burke

Greg Liszt

Greg Liszt

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Duncan Winkel and Stash Wyslouch

Duncan Winkel and Stash Wyslouch

A Bluegrass Ball??? Who Knew?

The show was billed as The (First Annual) Deadly Gentlemen’s Ball. This show, held at The Sinclair in Cambridge, was hosted by, you guessed it, The Deadly Gentlemen.

The Deadly Gentlemen

The Deadly Gentlemen

I knew this was going to be an evening of bluegrass, but I had no idea how much fun it would be! Read the rest of this entry

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