OVATION TV PARTNERS WITH COMCAST FOR 2020 STAND FOR THE ARTS AWARDS INITIATIVE

September 24, 2020

Ovation Awards $10,000 to Rochester Opera House in Rochester, NH

Los Angeles, CA: Expanding upon its Stand for the Arts Awards initiative launched in 2017, Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is partnering again with Comcast in 2020 to recognize an outstanding local arts, cultural, and educational organization. The initiative is part of the independent network’s national arts advocacy platform called Stand for the Arts, which supports arts access, advocacy and education. In recognition of its community contribution, Ovation awarded $10,000 to the Rochester Opera House in Rochester, NH. The announcement was made today by Sol Doten, Senior Vice President, Content Distribution Marketing, Ovation.

Stand for the Arts Awards are awarded based on how well an organization empowers the community, builds strategic partnerships, drives engagement through volunteerism, and delivers creative programming.

“Together with Comcast, we’re thrilled to provide support to organizations such as Rochester Opera House and the Rochester Performance & Arts Center, especially in times like these when art organizations need it most.” said Mr. Doten. “Ovation encourages everyone to advocate for arts access in their community and to enjoy and support the arts in their own way throughout the pandemic.”

“Earlier this year, we completed our network expansion to serve the residents and businesses of Rochester,” said Tim Kelly, Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “This award to the Rochester Opera House is another moment of celebration in the Lilac City. We appreciate the efforts of Ovation and its Stand for the Arts program.”

The Rochester Opera House has been awarded a $10,000 Stand for the Arts grant to support their efforts. This not-for-profit organization presents an annual performance season of shows for children, teens, adults, and seniors. The organization has safely kept the Rochester Performance and Arts Center (RPAC) open during the coronavirus pandemic, fulfilling its mission to “educate, engage, empower, challenge, and inspire a community of all ages by presenting extraordinary and culturally diverse theatre, performance art, music, dance, and film on the city’s foremost performing arts stage.” Just around the block from the historic Rochester Opera House, RPAC is an intimate venue offering affordable entertainment, educational programming, and event spaces for private parties and community gatherings.

In celebration of their award, Ovation and Comcast are partnering with Alton, NH, resident Mike “Durkish Delights” Durkee to create a #StandForTheArts piece celebrating the local arts community. Attendees of Rochester Opera House’s annual event Porchfest ’20 will be able to experience this temporary art piece on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at 32 North Main Street, Rochester, NH.

For more information, visit: www.rochesteroperahouse.com/porchfest

For more information about Stand for the Arts and the Stand for the Arts Awards, visit:  www.standforthearts.com

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment.  Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Wine Show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Versailles, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.  In 2019, Ovation became the official home for the 18-time Emmy nominated series Inside the Actors Studio, a symbiotic partnership with The Actors Studio that explores the craft and art of acting and storytelling.  Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect.  The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education.  Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts.  OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand.  You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.