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The Knight Foundation, as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, has given $3.7 million to twenty organizations. Recipients include:

Florida Stage will be moving from Manalapan to the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center in July, to be closer to its subscriber base. They will reduce next year's season from five to four shows, to accommodate Kravis Center productions and Palm Beach Opera rehearsals previously scheduled to take place in the Rinker next season.

GableStage will be moving in to the Coconut Grove Playhouse, which has been dark for the past three years. They intend to use a $20 million Miami-Dade capital improvements bond to replace the existing theater with a 300-seat theater, and room for a 600-seat theater to be built later (the existing facade will be retained).


Louise Nippert has donated $85 million to the Cincinnati Symphony. The gift will help maintain the orchestra as a major, full-time orchestra, and keep the orchestra in the pit for Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet.

Musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra have reached agreement on a new contract. The new two-year agreement calls for a 2.5 percent pay cut in the first year, with a 2.5 percent bonus in the second year if fundraising goals are met. The agreement also raises pay for part-time extra musicians and establishes formal participation in the Sarasota Music Festival.


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