The Shout Syndicate was formed in mid-2017 as a vehicle to develop new funders and supporters for Boston’s creative youth development ecology through the local for-profit performing arts sector and national field. This pilot grant program has the following objectives:
Creative Youth Development organizations are those that “intentionally integrate creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.” Creative Youth Development (CYD) programs see young people as active agents of their own change, with inherent strengths and skills to be developed and supported.
The following specific characteristics are essential in quality CYD programs:
On September 12, 2019, The Shout Syndicate, in partnership with the Boston Foundation and the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture, announced the 10 organizations selected to receive the pilot round of grants from The Shout Syndicate Fund. Each grantee receives a $20,000 grant, to be used to create youth-led arts programs across Greater Boston. The grantees included:
The Shout Syndicate also announced two more major donors: The Emerson Colonial Theatre/The Ambassador Theatre Group and concert promoters The Bowery Presents. They join a list of supporting producers, promoters and venues including: Don Law/Live Nation New England, Broadway in Boston, the Foundation to Be Named Later and the Boston Foundation, and artists and performers like Judd Apatow, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Frank Turner and Letters to Cleo.