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Credit & Publicity Kit
For LCC Standard and Field Trip Grant Recipients

Congratulations on receiving a Local Cultural Council grant! As a recipient of public funds, we ask for your assistance in acknowledging this important financial support publicly. LCC grant recipients like you are vital partners in raising the visibility of the role these funds play in the lives of our cultural organizations, audiences and communities.

We are supplying you with instructions and tools to acknowledge the public funding you receive, which will help show the link between public support and the excellent work you do. Your help with this effort is greatly appreciated, and any creative ways you can help publicize how LCC grants support your work are important and helpful.

Grant recipients must acknowledge the local cultural council that gave the grant, as well as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which provides funds to the LCC. Proof of credit acknowledgment should be provided when you request reimbursement from the granting LCC. (Please refer to the LCC Regulations and Guidelines PDF for more information about this policy.)

Thank you for your assistance with this effort. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please speak with the LCC chair in your community or an MCC staff member.

Please carefully review the Credit & Publicity information regarding standard LCC grants and Field Trip grants.

The MCC and the LCC must be credited by using the MCC's credit logo and credit line. We encourage grant recipients to use both the MCC logo and the credit statement, but you are only required to use one. Please check your local cultural council's web page in case it has its own local credit requirements.

Logos are downloadable from this site. The logo must be produced as a unit without alteration.

The credit line is as follows:

    "This program is supported in part by a grant from the (name of local cultural council), a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."
Where to use the credit line and logo

Promotional Materials. Use the credit line and credit logo prominently in printed materials (this includes materials prepared by the grantee such as season and subscription brochures, programs, newsletters, press releases, educational materials and announcements) as well as in films or videos.

Online Materials. Use the credit line or credit logo prominently in online materials (including web sites, blogs, electronically distributed releases, and social media/networking channels) to which your LCC grant contributes. The electronic logo should link to the MCC web site, www.massculturalcouncil.org. Grant recipients may not use logos on surveys.

Exhibition Signage. If there is no printed program for an exhibition, credit can be given through wall text or a placard placed at the entrance to the exhibit or performance space. This must include the LCC and MCC listed with other major public, private and corporate sponsors, in proportional order of the size of contribution, or a placard crediting the LCC and MCC, placed at the entrance to the exhibit or performance space.

Educational Materials. Use the credit line or credit logo in educational materials distributed in association with any LCC-funded program/exhibition, such as brochures, pamphlets, flyers, etc.

Verbal Credit. When written credit is not applicable, such as when there is no printed program, verbal credit shall be given prior to each performance. If an announcement is not feasible, a sign must be placed in the lobby using the credit line and credit logo.

Advertising. Use the credit line and logo in print advertising that is 10 column inches or larger that is placed by a grantee. Any advertising, regardless of size or length, placed by a grantee that credits a specific funding source must also credit the LCC and MCC.

Pending Approval. In cases where the proposed project takes place prior to notification of final approval, or where final approval comes after publication deadlines have passed, in order to satisfy the credit and publicity requirement, grantees may either:

    Include the following credit statement in publications and press prior to award notification:
    "This program has applied for support from the [City/Town] Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."
    Credit the LCC after award notification by:
    • Writing a letter to his/her legislator regarding the public support he/she received from the Local Cultural Council.
    • Including the standard credit statement or MCC logo in any subsequent press or publications such as newsletters, website updates, etc.


Use the credit line and/or MCC logo on any permission slips, letters, flyers, newsletters, etc. that mention your cultural field trip experience to recognize the granting LCC.

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