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Home | Current News and Features | Maine State Music Theatre Receives $10,000 Grant From Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Maine State Music Theatre Receives $10,000 Grant From Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

BRUNSWICK, MAINE – Maine State Music Theatre is pleased to announce it was awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust. The Trust was established to support the efforts of nonprofit organizations located and operating in Maine and serving within the State of Maine. MSMT is grateful for the support. The award is being used to continue an upgrade to the theatre’s sound equipment, making for a more enjoyable listening experience for theatre attendees. The grant matches awards received last year from the Fisher Charitable Trust and the Davis Family Foundation, also used to improve the sound quality of the theatre’s productions last summer.

“Sound equipment is expensive but a vital part of improving the quality of the experience that is Maine State Music Theatre,” states MSMT Executive Director, Steven Peterson. “It’s an improvement that we’ve been working towards for years, but it’s tough in this economy to come up with extra money in an already tight budget to cover such a project. This gift couldn’t have come at a better time and our patrons should notice continued improvement at Pickard Theater this summer.”

The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust traditionally supports community and social services, medical organizations, educational efforts, arts and culture and environmental organizations. Maine State Music Theatre is dependent on support from trusts and foundations, as well as individual donations and corporate sponsorship, to cover the gap between income from ticket sales and the considerable production costs associated with producing live musical theatre. MSMT could not exist at the level and quality of production that the people of Maine have come to expect without this type of financial help. MSMT’s staff, board of directors and volunteers are honored by this generous award.

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