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Citizens Bank amplifies its arts sponsorship role on Cape Cod

Bank to underwrite annual Arts Foundation’s Pops by the Sea concert

BOSTON (April 08, 2013) – Citizens Bank today announced it is expanding its commitment to the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod by serving as the presenting sponsor for this summer’s Pops by the Sea concert in Hyannis, Mass., which is scheduled this year for Sunday, August 11. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Citizens Bank have a long-standing partnership with the annual Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series. This expanded sponsorship launches a new phase in its relationship with the Arts Foundation.

“Sponsorship of the Pops by the Sea concert elevates our partnership with the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and exemplifies our long-standing commitment to the Cape, a community where many of our customers and colleagues live and work,” said Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “It is our hope that this concert will not only provide Cape Cod with an enjoyable night of fantastic music from the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, but ultimately will benefit the local economy.”

Citizens Bank has a strong presence on Cape Cod as a sponsor of a large and diverse group of organizations including the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Cape Abilities and Cape & Islands Gay & Straight Alliance. In 2012, the Bank made significant contributions to numerous Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations through its charitable giving and community sponsorship programs.

“By magnifying its sponsorship role for our organization, Citizens Bank is enabling us to maintain our commitment to sustaining and nurturing the arts and artists on Cape Cod,” said Kevin Howard, executive director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. “Thanks to the generous support of Citizens Bank, we can continue to entertain and culturally enrich the region with programming and events like Pops by the Sea.”

Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea marks the only Cape Cod appearance by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Keith Lockhart. This year’s program will feature renowned, award-winning actress Blythe Danner as a celebrity guest conductor.

Now in its 28th year, the Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert – which takes place at the Hyannis Village Green – attracts an audience of more than 15,000, according to the Arts Foundation.

Many levels of seating are available, with general admission lawn tickets starting at $20.Tickets can be purchased online at www.artsfoundation.org. Proceeds from the concert will enable the Arts Foundation to fulfill its mission to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod, year-round. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Barnstable County's regional arts agency, provides artistic, cultural, and educational programs in every town on Cape Cod, with an emphasis on supporting arts education initiatives, individual artists, and cultural organizations throughout the year.

About the Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 253 branches and 744 ATMs in Massachusetts.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $127 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and more than 19,000 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.

About the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the region's designated arts agency, ensures the vibrancy of our cultural community by supporting, promoting, celebrating and strengthening the arts throughout the year.