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for Affordable Dance Rehearsal Space

New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy (RSS) Grant Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Dance/NYC

LOI Date:

12/10/21

Deadline Date:

02/23/22 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations and businesses for affordable dance rehearsal space. Applicants must submit an expression of interest prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of the program is to advance diversity in the field of dance and provide dance artists with space to create and develop their work.

Administered by Dance/NYC and made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the purpose of the New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program (RSS) is to make affordable rehearsal space available to dance makers who are in critical need of space for the creation and development of their work, while also fostering a more inclusive and just dance field. By addressing financial barriers to accessing artistic development space, this program aims to advance dance artistry in the five boroughs of New York City and contribute to the field’s overall diversity, sustainability, resilience, and health. While dance rehearsal space facilities are the direct recipients of funding, individual dance artists and dance making organizations are the primary intended beneficiaries of the program.

Program goals:

  • Prioritize the experiences and input of individual dance artists, the intended beneficiaries of this program;
  • Reduce the labor artists and organizations incur to be a part of the program; 
  • Create the greatest material benefit and tend to the impact participation in this program may create for every dance worker and/or entity involved, from individual artists accessing rehearsal space, to venues providing rehearsal space, to Dance/NYC staff administering the program, to the field at large;
  • Increase access to affordable and quality rehearsal space for dance artists and companies to advance dance making and artistry; 
  • Increase equity in the distribution of subsidized hours in terms of geography, dance genres, budget size, demographics of artists served and the experience of artists throughout the course of the program; 
  • Increase the quality of artist experience in navigating the program, including reduced labor required to identify, secure, and gain access to affordable space;
  • Achieve a stronger and more sustainable pool of rehearsal space providers; and
  • Increased visibility and attention to the landscape of artistic development space.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199793

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

16-18

Term of Contract:

Grant Term: April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are eligible to apply if they:
- Have facilities that are ADA compliant;
- Are located in the five boroughs of New York City area;
- Are able to provide a minimum of 200-1,000 rehearsal space hours annually (600-3,000, in total); and
- Are able to provide proof of 501(c)(3) status and/or operational business license if a for-profit entity.

Applicants are not eligible to apply if they:
- Do not have ADA compliant facilities;
- Are located outside of New York City;
- Are unable to provide a minimum of 200-1,000 rehearsal space hours annually (600-3,000, in total); or
- Are unable to provide proof of 501(c)(3) status and/or operational business license if a for-profit entity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

RFEI Virtual Technical Assistance Sessions (20 minutes) - 20-minute sessions available November 15, 2021-December 10, 2021

Register for a technical assistance session: https://calendly.com/dancenyc/rss-rfei-technical-assistance-session-20-min

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
Artist Nomination Deadline: November 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST
RFEI Submission Deadline: December 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST
RFEI Panel Review: December 2021
Application Release: January 26, 2022
Application Webinar: TBD
Application Submission Deadline: February 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST
Application Panel Review: February 2022
Award Notification: March 2022
Grant Term: April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024

Application Process: https://www.dance.nyc/programs/funds/rehearsal-space-subsidy/application-process-for-venues#Eligibility%20Requirements

Nomination Process for Artists: https://www.dance.nyc/programs/funds/rehearsal-space-subsidy/nomination-process-for-artists

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://dancenyc.submittable.com/submit/208611/new-york-city-dance-rehearsal-space-subsidy-program-request-for-expressions-of

If you have further questions, please email rehearsalspacesubsidy@dance.nyc.

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