COVID-19 Dance Relief Fund

FREELANCE DANCE WORKERS

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund applications for March support to Freelance Dance Workers closed on March 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The application will reopen on April 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of April. Applicants who have begun an application for March support but have not completed it may do so by Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. EST. Applicants may access their draft submissions by logging in to Submittable directly.



Freelance dance workers are eligible to apply for monthly awards of $500 with a maximum of $1,500 across the grant period, from March 2020 to May 2020. Applicants must submit an application for each month. Applications for March funds are open. Applications for April funds will open on Friday, April 10, 2020. Applications for May funds will open on Friday, May 8, 2020. Applicants may submit applications for any month throughout the grant period and will be able to carry over information from one application to the next, as needed. 
 

Eligibility Requirements for Freelance Dance Workers
Freelance dance workers are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are an individual dance worker, as defined by the following:
    • dancer, dance performer, choreographer, dance photographer, dance videographer, teaching artist, and
    • related personnel such as: technicians (lighting, stage management, production, etc.), independent presenters, producers, agents and/or managers, theatre personnel (ushers, in-house vendors, etc.);
  • Are based in the metropolitan New York City area, including the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties in New York State, and Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey;
  • Are able to provide the following information to process digital payment:
    • Tax-ID, EIN Number, or Social Security Number
    • Bank Account Number and Routing Number
       

Freelance dance workers are not eligible to apply if they:

  • Are a dance worker that did not lose freelance or contract work as a result of COVID-19 illness and/or implemented social measures;
  • Are based outside of the metropolitan New York City area; and/or
  • Are an organization (501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored group of any kind.
     

Funding Priorities and Review Rubric
For freelance dance workers, funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted for a given month. Priority in grant selection will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate need, defined as the amount of income lost in confirmed employment or “gigs” taking place from March 1, 2020, through May 31, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus and/or related City mandated cancellation of activities that equals or exceeds $1,000/month.
    • Please note: confirmed employment and/or gigs must have been secured before March 1, 2020, when the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified in New York City, and
  • Are able to provide proof of the aforementioned losses in the form of a letter, email or contract from the relevant contractor/employer that indicates: 
    • The date of the cancelled endeavor,
    • the reason for cancellation/postponement,
    • the monetary value of the opportunity,
    • the name of hiring organization/entity,
    • the name of the person within the organization,
    • the title of the person within the organization,
    • the contact information of the person within the organization,
    • the date employment was secured, and
    • a description of the nature of the work
  • The Fund will prioritize supporting communities most impacted by COVID-19 including African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), disabled, immigrant, and women-identifying artists, as well as those at high risk including elderly and immunosuppressed artists.

Dance/NYC reserves the right to contact employers to verify information provided in an application if deemed necessary.
 

Proposal Specifications
Required materials for Freelance Dance Workers include:

Submission Details
Dance/NYC is using an online application portal: dancenyc.submittable.com. Before completing the application form, interested freelance dance workers are asked to first complete a series of questions to determine baseline eligibility for the grant program. If eligible, applicants will be prompted to complete the application.

Dance/NYC is committed to accessibility and the inclusion of disabled and immigrant people in its programs. If you need assistance accessing any part of this application, please contact covid19@dance.nyc.

Complete applications for freelance dance workers are accepted on a rolling basis and will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted for a given month.

Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at Dance.NYC/CoronavirusDanceReliefFundFAQ. Applicants may also submit questions not already addressed on the FAQ page by e-mail: covid19@dance.nyc. Please only send questions to this e-mail account. As appropriate, Dance/NYC’s responses to questions received will be added to the FAQ page.
 

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund applications for March support to Freelance Dance Workers closed on March 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The application will reopen on April 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of April. Applicants who have begun an application for March support but have not completed it may do so by Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. EST. Applicants may access their draft submissions by logging in to Submittable directly. 

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