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Dance USA: Engaging Dance Audiences Round Four

Deadline: November 10, 2016

Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA) was conceived in 2008 to significantly increase the dance field’s capacity to engage audiences by researching, implementing, and documenting effective and forward-thinking practices, and sharing them with the field. In this fourth round of EDA, Dance/USA members and the field at large will again benefit from direct funding and related professional development services.

EDA’s three components are designed to advance the dance field’s effectiveness in audience engagement through:

  1. Support for Projects and Operating Costs: Direct support is provided to dance organizations to refine existing engagement programs that have shown success at reaching dance audiences and communities. In addition, dance organizations must also meet one of the following objectives: A) Redefining the quality of the engagement experience for audiences: Rather than be required to design new programs, grantees will apply to refine an existing engagement program focusing particularly on the quality of the experience for the participating audience or community. B) Refining programs that engage specific audiences: There is a commitment to funding the refinement of programs proposed by organizations that have a track record of engaging ALAANA audiences (see below), the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, communities of faith, or incarcerated people and/or their families.
  2. Technical assistance: Grantees will have the option of selecting one of the following: A) Technical assistance from specialized consultants or Dance/USA staff who have areas of expertise relevant to the project. This added benefit, which is available to grantees at no cost, will allow them to access professional services that might support their project but otherwise would be unaffordable; or B) Site visit of another EDA grantee during the grant period, in order to observe their engagement activities and meet their staff (travel paid for by EDA).
  3. Creation of a learning community: Provides the opportunity to participate in the professional development activities for grantees that will run from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018, both online and at conferences. Grantees will be required to attend, in-person, two meetings: one in June 2017 and one in June 2018. Travel costs will be covered.

Note: The term ALANAA indicates organizations whose primary intentions, practices, and mission are by, for, and about African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American artists, cultures, and communities. The word “for” refers to the intention of the organization to perpetuate, promote, and present art that is representative of an ALAANA culture and people and/or is given form by ALAANA artists. Characteristics of ALAANA organizations, and organizations that are committed to ALAANA audiences, may include, but are not limited to, the presence of some combination of: organizational mission; executive, artistic, and governance leadership; programming content; and artists served by the organization.

Amount: A total of $1,116,000 is available, including $880,000 for project support and $236,000 for general operating support. It is anticipated that up to 20 grants of up to $44,000 each will be awarded to support audience engagement programs. Additionally, these grants will be augmented with general operating support of almost 27% of the grant amount, for a total funding amount of up to $55,800.

Eligibility: Applicants must have:

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit status at the time of application or apply through a fiscal sponsor, if they are dance artists or organizations
  • Paid dancers and administrative staff
  • Existed for at least three years by the time of application
  • An annual operating budget of at least $150,000 (budget pertains to the dance entity, not the fiscal sponsor)
  • Not been funded twice by EDA in Round Three and either Round One or Round Two

Link: http://www.danceusa.org/engagingdanceaudiences

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