On December 22, 2014 Passim announced the recipient’s of the 2014 Iguana Music Fund grants. Twenty five area musicians were chosen from over 200 applicants and received a record total of $45,924 in grants from The Passim Iguana Music Fund, designed to help advance their art, careers and community involvement.
Annually, the fund provides grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 given to musicians with a New England connection. Grants are made in the areas of recording or manufacturing assistance, publicity and marketing support, equipment and instruments, songwriting retreats, tour support, special projects and other specific activities promoting artistic and/or professional growth.
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. To date, the Iguana Music Fund has given $250,000 in grants to more than 150 musicians, including Will Dailey, Mark Erelli, David Wax, Girlyman and Ward Hayden of Girls, Guns and Glory. Iguana Fund grants were also awarded to Della Mae who received a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album and to Alastair Moock’s to support the release of Singing Our Way Through, nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album.
The 2014 grant recipients are: Anne Mironchik, Carrie Ferguson and Piti Theatre Co., Charlie Rose, Dare To Be Square, Dietrich Strause, Electric Andyland, Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke, Eva Walsh, Frank Ferrel, Jenna Moynihan, Julie Rhodes, Massachusetts Walking Tour, The Meeting House Tour, Molly Pinto Madigan, The Old Guitar, Peter Winne (Community Square Dance in Portland, Maine), Realta Gaela (Trad Youth Exchange), Red Line Roots (‘Locals Covering Locals, Vol 2’), Sarah Gardner, Session Americana, The Suitcase Junket, Twisted Pine and Zoë Darrow.
Passim also awarded two multi-year “Baby Iguana” grants. Kristin Andreassen and Laura Cortese will receive a Baby Iguana grant to help fund the Miles of Music Camps in Brooklyn and Boston as well as a week long island retreat for roots musicians and songwriters of all ages and abilities. These artist-in-residency camps foster creativity, new friendships and an exchange of skills and ideas in the roots music community.
Also renewed was a Baby Iguana grant for Rose Polenzani to support the Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat, a program she founded 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.
Passim is a nonprofit arts organization that creates an inspiring and interactive music experience for all, building a vibrant community for artists, students and audience members through its legendary listening venue and school of music. Established in Harvard Square as the Club 47 in 1958 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1994, Passim has been a cornerstone of the arts community in New England, fostering both performers and audiences alike.
A concert featuring recipients of the 2014 Iguana Music Fund grants will take place at Club Passim on Monday, March 30, 2015.
Singer and song writer Ellis Paul will be performing on December 30 and 31, 2014.
For more info about this organization: http://passim.org/club-passim?gclid=CIXd0eb63sICFUto7AodPmYAMQ