The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

BJ Goodwin Fund

Formed in honor of performer, dancer and educator BJ Goodwin, this award was created to provide grants to Northampton based artists, writers or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of their talents as they travel outside our community.

Created in 2003 after BJ Goodwin’s passing, this fund has provided support for valley based artists to travel, exhibit, learn and perform all over the world. Since 2004 artists have travelled to Austria, Israel, Scotland and Sweden to perform theatrical and dance works, record music and exhibit installations in galleries. The BJ Goodwin fund has supported touring musicians including And The Kids, Sun Parade and Boy Harsher in their travels across the United States. Closer to home the fund has provided assistance for the 2008 Storefront Art project using empty storefronts for artist space.

For over a decade the BJ Goodwin Fund has provided artists with the support necessary to bring their work out in the world and helps provide affirmation and recognition for both them and the Northampton arts community they call home.

Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis only. Request for payment must be made within twelve months of notification of grant award. In addition, all successful applicants must properly credit the Northampton Arts Council for providing funds to the project in all press materials, posters, programs, announcements, paid advertising by putting the Northampton Arts Council logo on the press materials. Failure to do so will result in loss of funding. An example of proper credit would be: "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council" as well as adding our logo to the marketing materials.

The Northampton Arts Council, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)3 is accepting donations from the community that will go towards the building of this new fund. All donations to this fund are tax-deductible.

Recipients:
2004 - Mollye Maxner - Dance - Austria
2006 - Mo Ringey - Art Email Newsletter - Northampton
2008 - C3 - Storefront - Community Art Space - Northampton
2009 - Serious Play - Theater - Serbia
2010 - Alan Schneider - Music, Vocal Arts - Tel Aviv, Israel
2013 - Spirithaus Records, Sun Parade and Lux Deluxe - Music, Rock - SXSW Austin, TX
2013 - Justin Norris - Murals, Urban Art - Chemnitz, Germany
2014 - And The Kids - Music, Indie Rock - SXSW Austin, TX
2015 - Chirs Gonzalez - Theater, Poetry - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
2016 - Jake Meginsky - Music, Sound Art - Denmark and Sweden
2016 - Madison Palffy - Dance, Performance - San Francisco, CA
2017 - Boy Harsher - Music, Electronic - USA Tour

Full Funding History:
2004 - Mollye Maxner - Dance - Austria
Mollye Maxner, co-founder of the Chimaera Physical Theater, who received $1,000 to support her participation the highly competitive danceWEB-Europe conference and festival in Austria

2006 - Mo Ringey - Art Email Newsletter - Northampton
Mo Ringey, publisher of Mo’s Better Living Through Art: Arts & Culture Email Newsletter, was awarded $500.

2008 - C3 - Storefront - Community Art Space - Northampton
$2,500 award was made to C3 (Commonwealth Center for Change) and storefront ART in support of a residency and exhibition program that uses empty storefronts to provide artists and the community greater access to the studio, exhibition and gathering space.

2009 - Serious Play - Theater - Serbia
Serious Play! Theater Ensemble received a $1,000 grant to travel as the first American theatre company to perform their production Milosevic at the Hague at the 4th International JoakimInterFest in Kragujevac, Serbia.

2010 - Alan Schneider - Music, Vocal Arts - Tel Aviv, Israel
The 5th BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund Award was granted Alan Schneider of Leeds, MA for the unique opportunity to sing the title operatic role in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel $900

2013 - Spirithaus Records - Music - SXSW Austin, TX.
Spirithaus Records local bands Sun Parade and Lux Deluxe were awarded $500 to attend the annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX.

2013 - Justin Norris - Chemnitz, Germany
Hampshire College student and self-taught urban muralist Justin Norris received $650 to participate in an artist-in-residence program in Chemnitz Germany.

2014 - And The Kids - Music, Indie Rock - SXSW Austin, TX
Emerging Northampton, MA rock trio And The Kids received $550 to attend the annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX. The band has since appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, released two full length albums and continues to tour Europe, Canada and the U.S.

2015 - Chris Gonzalez - Theater, Poetry - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
Local poet, actor, performer Chris Gonzalez received $650 for travel to the world class theater festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Chris saw thirty-one shows in two weeks and spoke with world class theater companies and theater makers.

2016 - Jake Meginsky - Music, Sound Art - Denmark & Sweden
Northampton, MA Electronic Musician, Percussionist and Composer Jake Meginsky received $750 for travel to Europe. Meginsky was a featured soloist at Denmark’s prestigious Click Festival, as well as an artist-in-residence at EMS Elektromusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden.

2016 - Madison Palffy - Dance, Performance - FRESH Festival, San Francisco
Madison Palffy is a dancer, performer, performance-maker, visual artist and founding member of LOCULUS collective in Northampton, MA. Madison received $550 to attend the FRESH Festival in San Francisco, CA. FRESH Festival celebrates and showcases an abundance of embodied art, action, innovation and inclusion in the Bay Area with 3 immersive weeks of cutting-edge performances, intensive practices and interactive exchanges.

2017 - Boy Harsher - Music, Electronic - USA Tour
Jae Matthews & Augustus Muller received $750 to support Boy Harsher's 2017 Winter Tour, a total of thirty shows in the span of thirty-five days and over eight thousand miles. The grant allowed the duo to bring their unique sound to new audiences while connecting with and raising money for marginalized LGBTQ communities & alternative safe spaces.

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