The Biggest Losers Takes on a Whole New Meaning

In the 2009 – 2010 Fiscal year, the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission lost total NJSCA funding for its
23 year old community outreach project, “Musical Interludes.”

This is an award winning project that provides the sick, elderly, disabled, shut in, and/or otherwise needy individuals throughout Southern New Jersey (medically, financially mentally and physically restricted from attending a live musical performance), with “Free” live musical performances in nursing homes or rehabilitation sites, hospital rooms, senior citizen buildings or their individual homes.

The annual NJSCA GPS (General Programming Support) grant averaging as little as $6, 000 to $7,000 enabled the Commission to pay $55 per performance for an average of 100 – 127 Musical Interludes Musicians to present concerts to needy individuals in Burlington, Gloucester, Salem, Camden, and Cumberland Counties. Because of the lost of this grant, Musical Interludes will be employing less musicians, and presenting fewer concerts during this period, July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

It should be noted that Musical Interludes won the NJSCA Citation of Excellence Award for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, which were years of significant growth for this critical project.

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