In partnership with the Arts Commission, the Cumberland County Playhouse will receive $119,200

Nashville – Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) today announced three separate grant awards totaling $143,800 for Cumberland County from the Tennessee Arts Commission. These grant awards are in addition to the $500,000 already allocated to the Cumberland County Playhouse as part of the FY 23-24 budget. 

In partnership with the Arts Commission, the Cumberland County Playhouse will receive $119,200 in additional funding through the Commission’s Major Cultural Institutions grant. These grants support well-established arts organizations in the state with budgets larger than $1 million. According to the Commission, these organizations represent the highest level of quality programming, contribute to the state’s cultural vitality, and benefit a broad and diverse service area.

The Plateau Women’s Chorus is set to receive $12,800, while the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade is the recipient of $11,800 in funding through separate Rural Arts Project Support grants. These grant awards support projects and activities across all arts disciplines, focusing on community vitality and engagement in the state’s rural counties.

“It is an incredible honor to partner with the Arts Commission to provide these resources to three phenomenal organizations within Cumberland County,” said Speaker Sexton. “We appreciate their work and the great benefits they provide to our citizens. I will continue finding ways to support them and others who work to enhance the quality of life in our community while also helping future generations continue to grow in their love for the arts.”

According to Pope, the Commission expects to award approximately 1,000 grants in rural and urban communities in all 95 counties of the state during the year, totaling up to $13.3 million in 21 Annual and Rolling Grant categories. These funds directly impact communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. The $13.3 million includes recurring state or federal funding only. These grants do not include additional one-time pandemic-related relief such as TN Nonprofit Arts & Culture Recovery Fund. 

The Commission’s allocations process involves a review by citizen advisory panels with expertise in various art disciplines and a review by the full Commission. Other grant opportunities are offered throughout the year with rolling deadlines for qualifying organizations, including grants for Arts Build Communities and Student Ticket Subsidy. Additional information on grant programs offered by the Commission is available at

Tennessee’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.17 billion in annual economic activity through the quality of life, economic vitality, tourism, and arts learning for people of all ages. The Tennessee Arts Commission is the state arts agency whose mission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.  

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