LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Launches Lumberyard Studios
LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts today announced that LUMBERYARD STUDIOS - a newly designed, purpose-built production facility that is part of the organization's forthcoming Catskill, NY, campus - is taking bookings (the facility will open in early fall 2018). The first facility in New York's Greene County to be designated by Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development as a New York Qualified Production Facility (QPF), LUMBERYARD STUDIOS will be joining the mid-Hudson Valley's growing film community. The studio will be a destination for filmmakers, production companies, and the motion picture industry looking to take advantage of New York's highly-competitive Film Tax Credit Program, which currently offers as much as 40% break on labor (45% on post) for production taking place Upstate.
LUMBERYARD STUDIOS -- located just two hours from midtown Manhattan and three hours from Boston -- will offer over 7,000 sf of production space with a purpose-built soundstage, with another 5,000 sf of secondary studio space located on Catskill Creek directly across the street. The space also features 13 rooms for onsite lodging for up to 25 people, as well as flexible office space, kitchen, lounging area, wardrobe room, laundry room, silent air conditioning, loading docks, elevator, ADA accessibility, and ample parking. The surrounding area offers picturesque sites including mountains, streams, rivers, historic homes, small-town settings, and other bucolic spaces. Bookings can be confirmed by visiting LumberyardStudios.org which includes floorplans, technical specs, and a virtual tour.
Adrienne Willis, Executive Director of LUMBERYARD STUDIOS, said, "The Hudson Valley is an ideal location for film and TV production, and LUMBERYARD Studios' facilities mean productions companies will have world-class resources here in Catskill. Our QPF designation from the State of New York is an incredible incentive to bring private investment and positive economic impact to the region, and we are proud to be a part of that effort."
LUMBERYARD Studios is a unique social impact model. Offering competitive rates and a 40%-45% tax incentive, LUMBERYARD STUDIOS reinvests 100% of its proceeds into the performing arts community and community development, helping artists create the work they imagine.
Senator George Amedore said, "LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center is playing an integral role in the revitalization of the Village of Catskill. In addition to the world class performing arts they are bringing to the region, the LUMBERYARD Studios' state of the art facilities will establish Greene County as a premiere destination for film production and encourage further investment in the local economy."
According to Empire State Development, New York's $420 million film incentive program offers the production industry the nation's most stable and successful production and post-production tax credits. Since 2011, the Film Production Tax Credit program has generated an estimated $19 billion in spending and created more than 1.1 million jobs.
LUMBERYARD Studios is a member of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. For more information on LUMBERYARD Studios' film and television production and post-production capabilities or to book the space, please visit lumberyardstudios.org.
LUMBERYARD STUDIOS is a program of LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, a national non-profit organization that serves the performing arts community at its four-building campus in Catskill, NY and by presenting artists in Manhattan. LUMBERYARD STUDIOS offers more than 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production space and has been designated a Qualified Production Facility by Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, which will enable filmmakers and production companies (including post-production) to take advantage of New York's highly-competitive Film Tax Credit program by filming at LUMBERYARD STUDIOS.
LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, based in New York City and Catskill, NY, led by Executive and Artistic Director Adrienne Willis, is a national non-profit organization that serves the performing arts community and its audiences by providing multi-faceted opportunities for artists to develop new work.
LUMBERYARD's facility on the Hudson River watershed will make a significant contribution to the revitalization of Catskill, New York. The complex consists of a state-of-the-art residency space and two large adjacent barns along Catskill Creek.
LUMBERYARD is the first formal residency partner for BAM (Brooklyn Academy Of Music), supporting three artists developing new works for premieres in BAM's 2018 Next Wave Festival. In addition, LUMBERYARD's dedication to community outreach includes programs such as LUMBERYARD Young Performers, which provides free dance education for students living in low-income communities in and around Catskill, and a soon-to-be announced performing arts education program for incarcerated teens.