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Arts briefs

April 15, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is encouraging arts organizations and community groups to take advantage of the Humanities-and-the-Arts initiative's project grants, with awards ranging from $1,001 to $20,000.

A grant-taking partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Humanities-and-the-Arts initiative supports public programs combining the arts and humanities.

The initiative's Mini-Project Grant, which offers grants of $1,000 or less, on a rolling basis, has a new submission deadline. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the project start date.

All other grants are in one category of Project Grants, which offers awards ranging from $1,001 to $20,000. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 1, for projects that begin after Feb. 1, 2005.

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For information, contact

1-800-462-0442. The guidelines and application forms can also be downloaded from the PHC's Web site at www.pahumanities.org.

Photos sought for Gettysburg phone book


GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Capture Adams County on film and you may join a group of artists whose work graces Sprint's Gettysburg phone book cover.

The Adams County Arts Council will host the Sprint photo contest for the Gettysburg publication. The contest is open to amateur photographers.

Guidelines with specific requirements and forms are available through the arts' council office at 18 Carlisle St., Suite 201, Gettysburg; or at Gettysburg Photo, 168 Carlisle St.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 1.

For information, call 1-717-334-5006.

NewSong contest announces dates


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Attention, songwriters! This year's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is presented by Performing Songwriter Magazine. All contest registrants will receive a free, one-year subscription to Performing Songwriter Magazine.

The NewSong Contest is also joining forces with Sonicbids, a Web-based medium designed to help musicians submit their songs to national song contests and music conferences.

There are two ways to submit songs to The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest 2004: online and mail. Early online submissions are eligible to be one of the First Five semifinalists selected in the prerecorded round by postmarking your contest submissions by Saturday, May 1.

If mailing prerecorded entries via U.S. Postal Service, songs must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 15; they may also be submitted online by 5 p.m. June 15.

The Mountain Stage NewSong Festival will be Friday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 22, at Claymont Court near Charles Town.

For complete rules, go to www.newsongfestival.com on the Web or send e-mail to info@newsongfestival.com.

Film about Gettysburg wins awards


GETTYSBURG, Pa. - "Gettysburg - Three Days of Destiny," a video that portrays the Battle of Gettysburg using battle action filmed during the 140th anniversary re-enactment in 2003, has received several awards.

The New York International Film Festival Award gave the film its 2004 Film and Video Award in the history category. The film had earlier received a Gold 25th Anniversary Telly award in the history category and two International Communicator awards for program excellence and for directing.

For more information, go to www.gettysburgreenactment.com on the Web, or call the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee at 1-717-338-1525.

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