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New England Foundation for the Arts: National Dance Project Production Grants

Deadline: March 1, 2017

The National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create a new dance work and provide touring subsidies to the organizations who bring that work to their communities. Production grant applicants should:

  • Create and tour new dance works of genuine imagination and originality by artists of recognized skill and accomplishment
  • Create work that reflects cultural and aesthetic diversity, and/or pushes the artists’ aesthetic boundaries
  • Nurture meaningful partnerships between the artist/company and at least one U.S. organizational partner involved in the development or presentation of the work
  • Develop a viable, appropriate strategy for touring the new work
  • Offer the potential to deepen engagement with communities as the result of artistic practice and the content of the work

Applicants apply to receive:

1. Intertwined support for the creation and U.S. touring of a new dance work, which will be developed and premiere within 1-2 years from the deadline and will tour following the premiere. Applicants should demonstrate that they are working with an organizational partner (defined at: http://bit.ly/2jV0yoJ) who is helping to support the new work’s creation and/or touring in a significant way.

2. Creation funds and general operating funds that are paid directly to the artist or their fiscal sponsor to cover expenses related to making the new work during the creation period.

3. Touring funds that are reserved for each project’s U.S. tour during one of four associated NDP touring periods. The NDP touring period is the 18-month window in which a U.S. organization may receive NDP touring subsidy to present the NDP-funded work through the NDP Presentation Grant process. Touring periods are outlined in greater detail at: http://bit.ly/2jUO8xr. Artists choose one of four designated NDP touring periods based on when their work will premiere and be ready for touring. The four NDP touring periods available for projects that receive a 2017 Production Grant are:

January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
June 1, 2018 – November 30, 2019
January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2020

Amount: Approximately 20 grants will be awarded. Applicants are awarded a package of support that includes:

  • Up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work
  • Approximately $10,000 in general operating support
  • Up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour of the work

Touring subsidies support up to 50% of artist fees, including travel costs, and are allocated by the artist/company to eligible organizations as a Presentation Grant.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Be professional choreographers or companies. Preference is given to U.S.-based dance artists and companies, but artists and companies based outside the U.S. may apply.
  • Submit or appear in only one application per choreographer or company, including applications for a work that will be created by a guest choreographer on another company.
  • Work with a U.S. organizational partner that will support the development and/or presentation of the proposed new work.
  • Projects may be interdisciplinary and can include creators in other artistic forms.
  • Propose a new work to be developed and toured. Works may be in an early stage of development at the time of application as well as in mid or later stages of development so long as they will not premiere before September 2017. Artists and companies proposing works that will premiere after fall 2019 should apply in March 2018.
  • Have nonprofit status or a nonprofit fiscal sponsor who will act on their behalf.

Note that school, youth, or student companies and groups are not eligible.

Link: http://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/grants/national-dance-project-production-grant

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