(HINGHAM, MA) – Representative James M. Murphy (D-Weymouth) and Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hingham) are pleased to announce The South Shore Conservatory and the Unicorn Singers are receiving Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grants through the Mass Cultural Council in Partnership with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED). The South Shore Conservatory will receive $100,000 and the Unicorn Singers will be allocated $3,000 for COVID-19 relief.

“I am thrilled that these two important organizations in Hingham will be benefiting from this critical funding to begin the journey to recover from COVID-19, said Representative Murphy. “The past many months have been extremely difficult for all throughout the Commonwealth and the entire United States. This money provides much needed support for losses undergone during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“These grants represent our ongoing commitment to the viability of a vibrant cultural scene on the South Shore,” said Representative Meschino. “I am excited that these organizations will be using this funding during the pandemic to lift spirits through the arts and enhance the quality of life of residents now and in the future.”

Nearly $10 million in grants were made available to recipients of the cultural sector. Of the $10 million, $2 million was exclusively devoted to supporting small cultural nonprofits, in configuration with guidance provided by the Massachusetts State Legislature, through the FY20 COVID supplemental budget. Program parameters outlined “small” cultural nonprofits as having 10 or fewer Full Time Employees. In this sequence, 136 small cultural organizations received a total of $5,464,600.