Where local, state, and federal funding of the arts falls short, non-profits like the Knight Foundation are there to step in and help creative folks fully realize their dreams and influence society.
Yesterday, as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, the Knight Foundation divvied up $2.8 million to fund 34 projects that will "bring South Florida together through the arts."
Among the recipients, Sweat Records, which was awarded $140,000 to help ensure Miami's continued growth as a creatively enriching, culturally relevant musical destination.
"Everywhere you go in South Florida, we want you to have an encounter with art," Knight Foundation vice president of the arts Dennis Scholl said in a statement. "Sweat Records forwards that mission by fueling our local indie music scene."
Sweat also received a $150,000 Knight Foundation grant in 2009. That money was used towards the development of SweatShopMiami.com and the "Event-O-Matic" event management software system, as well as the production of Sweatstock over the past three years, the store's annual free music festival/block party.
The Rhythm Foundation was also awarded their second Arts Challenge Grant, a $120,000 contribution to expand Big Night in Little Haiti's monthly concert and arts series.