Stinziano to Propose Grant Program Supporting Music Festivals in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Representative Michael Stinziano, D—Columbus, will soon introduce legislation creating the Ohio Music Festival Grant Program to support the arts and music industry throughout Ohio. 

Similar to the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, the Music Festival Grant Program will serve as an incentive for organizations to bring their music festivals to Ohio. The program will be overseen and administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. 

“This program will promote a vibrant music industry and will create more jobs and opportunities here in Ohio,” said Stinziano. “It will help build a prosperous Ohio that embraces creativity.” 

Music festivals held in Ohio will be eligible to receive a grant annually. Each grant awarded may be equal to 25% of in-state spending and non-resident wages, in addition to 35% of Ohio resident wages. 

As Ohio’s music industry grows alongside the nation’s, the Ohio Music Festival Grant Program will serve as a tool to encourage new expansion and opportunities. According to the Americans for the Arts Arts and Economic Prosperity IV report, the Greater Columbus area alone attracts over $226 million in arts-related spending, creating nearly 9,000 full-time jobs. 

According to Dwight Heckelman, founder of Groove U, a music business career program based in Columbus, “Over 32 million people attended at least one U.S. music festival in 2014. Our advisory board of music industry professionals tells us their bottom line is increasingly driven by festivals.” 

“Every year, festival planners hire our students and graduates to work festival planning and production. This grant program would directly benefit these young professionals and entrepreneurs, and bolster Ohio’s reputation as a driver of the creative economy,” Heckelman added.