Schoharie County Arts Funds Distributed for Concert Series, More

Grants recipients with Renee Nied (second from right)
Grants recipients with Renee Nied (second from right)

Story and photographs by Tom Lindsay

Despite the spring snow outside the KyMar Distillery in Charlotteville last Wednesday (April 22), there were plenty of smiling faces as representatives of Schoharie County arts grant applicants received 2015 funding checks from Renee Nied of the Greene County Council on the Arts Community Arts Grants Decentralization Program. The program delivers arts funding in Greene, Columbia and Schoharie Counties.

Fans of live music will be encouraged to hear that several concert series received funding. These include the George Landis Arboretum’s “Live at the Landis,” the Richmondville Historical Society’s “Music at the Mill” and the Middleburgh Library’s “Not So Quiet Concert Series.”

Sonny Ochs – sister of folk music legend Phil Ochs – was a first-time applicant, and coordinated the “Not So Quiet” grant bid. “I’ve been doing the concerts for a few years now and never thought of a grant,” said Ochs. “Usually whatever comes in the door is split half to the performer and half to the library.” Ochs said the great benefit of grant funding is that performers “are getting a lot more than they were getting before, and that’s awfully important.”

Of particular note is Ochs’ booking of Dom Flemons – a former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops – for a Middleburgh Library concert on Friday, May 22. “The reason I was able to get him here,” said Ochs, “is I found out that he was a big fan of my brother Phil.”

Grants were also awarded for puppetry, theater, poetry and dance workshops and performances. The Community Arts Grants/Decentralization Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

GO HERE for a complete list of grant recipients…

Sonny Ochs
Sonny Ochs
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