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The Shout Syndicate Fund

This fund is on hiatus and not seeking or accepting grant applications at this time.

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:

  • To provide grants to proven, high-quality creative youth development organizations in need of funding support for youth-centered programming.
  • To provide youth with the opportunity to create and produce artwork of their own making, with stipends provided so they can dedicate time during out-of-school hours.

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:

  • Provide safe and healthy youth spaces;
  • Are assets-based;
  • Foster the development of positive relationships and social skills;
  • Are youth-driven;
  • Set high expectations for growth and learning; and
  • Address the broader context in which creative youth development operates.

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To learn more about The Shout Syndicate, visit

The Shout Syndicate team is:
Ami Bennett
Jeb Gutelius
Mark Kates
Adam Klein

Meet the 2019 Grantees

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:

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Grantees and donors pose together at the announcement of the 2019 grantees from The Shout Syndicate, which was helad at the House of Blues, September 12, 2019. (Photo: Suzanne Oulette) 
  • 826 Boston
  • Cambridge Community Center
  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
  • Raw Art Works
  • Sociedad Latina
  • The Theater Offensive
  • Transformative Culture Project
  • Urbano Project

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.

Click here to read the grant announcement press release.

2019 Pilot Grant Program: Application period has closed.

Grant Requirements

  • 501c3 organizations located in Greater Boston
  • Serving youth in high school, generally ages 15-21
  • Artistic creation with youth at the center of the process
  • Stipends based on minimum wage for participating youth
  • Public sharing of work created at the conclusion of the program
  • Programs will support both creative youth development and workforce development opportunities for youth.
  • Programs will work with a cohort of at least 3-5 youth.
  • Programs will operate from September to May or June but may propose continuing into the summer months.
  • Programs will provide programming for youth 6-8 hours per week over the 9-month period. However programs can propose working with more youth for fewer hours per week or for fewer weeks (such as using a semester structure) to serve different groups of youth.

Funding Priorities

  • All disciplines (Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Music, Literary Art, Media/Film)
  • We seek to fund established CYD neighborhood-based organizations who prioritize working with youth who have had limited access to these types of out-of-school-time opportunities.
  • We seek organizations that work with a diverse set of recipients that reflect the population of the region.
  • Priority will be given to community-based organizations with budgets of $2 million or less who employ local teaching artists.