Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
    $165,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    2/24/2021
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Strategies
Overview
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is dedicated to sharing Black gospel and spiritual music. The choir typically performs more than 30 concerts each year to audiences of more than 60,000, in venues ranging from large theaters to youth centers, senior facilities, homeless service organizations, and correctional facilities. The 35-year old choir, comprising singers from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, also tours locally, nationally, and internationally. Together, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Youth Choir, and the non-auditioned Community Choir include more than 230 singers. This grant to the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir supports the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.oigc.org 
Address
655 Thirteenth Street, Suite 301, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) is a multi-cultural, multi-racial vocal ensemble that performs repertoire from Black Spiritual and Gospel music traditions. Made up of sixty-five volunteer singers, the choir reaches more than 25,000 people each year through nearly forty performances, most of which are free of charge and target disenfranchised or institutionalized individuals, community groups and religious institutions, or benefits and fund-raisers on behalf of other nonprofit organizations. The organization also has a youth services and arts education program called the Youth Gospel Choir, composed of teens from the Oakland community. OIGC plans to continue its core artistic and educational activities, develop its individual donor program, and restructure its staffing with the planned departure of its long-time executive director in 2013.
for general operating support  
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multi-cultural, sixty-voice ensemble that performs a gamut of African American gospel music traditions. Reaching 25,000 people annually, the choir tours extensively locally and internationally, engaging with social service organizations and religious institutions. Through its Youth Gospel Choir, the organization provides opportunities for young people to improve their lives through the arts. With the recent hiring of a new executive director, the organization is poised for the coming grant period to take on more ambitious artistic challenges; prepare for its upcoming thirtieth anniversary, featuring a 400-voice choral work; and expand its audience in the region.

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