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Posted on: February 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Arts and Business Loan Program Awards Loan to Eugene Ballet Company


World-class dance is coming to Eugene, thanks to support from the Arts and Business Loan Program, a partnership between the City of Eugene and the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE). Eugene Ballet Company is the second recipient of financing through the Arts and Business Loan Program. The funds will be used as a bridge loan to support the two Spring productions, in combination with support from the Hult Endowment.

Chicago-based Stephanie Martinez’s world premier choreography was seen in EBC’s performance of Wandering On earlier this month and Portland-based composer Kenji Bunch will bring a newly commissioned score for the EBC’s April production of the Snow Queen. Bunch received acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics, and his work has been performed by over fifty American orchestras. During their visit, both artists will engage with local youth performers, leading a Master Class and collaborating with the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance.

“Partnering with the City of Eugene and the Arts and Business Alliance on these two projects has been a great experience and one Eugene Ballet hopes to cultivate into new collaborations for the future,” commented Joshua Neckels, EBC Executive Director.

"We are delighted to support the City of Eugene’s economic and cultural development by assisting the Eugene Ballet Company to bring these world-class artists to our community,” commented John Barry, Managing Director of ABAE. “We look forward to many more such projects being funded through this unique financing option available to local businesses and arts organizations working together to benefit Eugene.”

The Arts and Business Loan Program directly supports arts and culture in Eugene by offering low-cost loans for new projects or business improvements that utilize the arts to promote community and economic development. For more information on the program, please contact Tomi Douglas at (541) 682-5087 or Aaron Doreen at (541) 682-5448 or visit

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