The San Juan Daily Star
$4 million investment will support island musical artists
By The Star Staff
The Center for Creative Economy (CEC) announced a $4 million investment for its cultural employment program called “Maneuver,” thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
CEC founder Javier Hernández Acosta said in a written communication that “Maneuver is a bet to invest in our best creative talent through the minimum employment conditions that our artists should have.”
The CEC is a nonprofit organization that provides support to the cultural and creative sector through training, management services and direct support to artistic management in Puerto Rico.
The project will impact 18 artists in the music sector in Puerto Rico, joining 40 other artists in the visual and performing arts throughout the island. The program provides stable employment opportunities for artists, including salaries, fringe benefits, a medical plan, a budget allocated to invest in their projects, and technical advice. In addition, the selection process identified artists and projects with a broad trajectory of cultural management and that will represent the diversity of practices and styles that abound on the island.
The program allows artists to dedicate themselves full-time with a salary and benefits that correspond to their effort and production.
It also provides a budget of $20,000 for projects and the contracting will be extended for a period of three years to achieve financial stability and continuity in the projects.
In addition, Maneuver will support two important entities in Puerto Rico: Fundación Culebra and the Rafael Cepeda Atiles Bomba School in San Juan, which will allow the hiring of young people who will be the next generation of musicians and cultural managers in their communities.