CACHE awards $1.2 million to Northwest Arkansas music nonprofits

The Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble is a program of the NWA Jazz Society that offers jazz education for high school students across the region. (NWA Jazz Society)

The Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) last week announced the launch of a new grant program for area music nonprofits.

The Music Organizations Advancement Coalition (MOAC) is funded by the Walton Family Foundation, and will provide a total of $1.2 million to eight local nonprofits. The groups will receive the money over a two-year period, with additional funds dedicated to professional development and creative collaboration, according to a news release.

The 2022-23 MOAC recipients include:

The groups will work together on leadership development, financial sustainability, communications, storytelling as well as on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, according to the release.

The coalition will also develop talent and put on free shows and events at local venues.

CACHE is the the Northwest Arkansas Council’s arts nonprofit. Since forming in 2019, CACHE has produced, hosted, and consulted on over 100 events, including Groundwaves, a six-month hip-hop open mic and mentorship program, FreshGrass, Live at Turnbow, FORMAT Festival, the Momentary’s Courtyard Series, and more.