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DANCE ADVANCEMENT FUND

Made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation, the purpose of the Dance Advancement Fund is to address the inequitable distribution of resources in the dance field and advance resilience by supporting dance makers with budgets between $25,000 and $1 million. Dance/NYC believes the dance ecology must itself be just, equitable, and inclusive to meaningfully contribute to social progress and envisions a dance ecology wherein power, funding, opportunities, conduct, and impacts are fair for all artists, cultural workers, and audiences. Dance/NYC’s approach cuts across its public programs and all aspects of its operations, and it aims to advance economic justice through the Dance Advancement Fund, while recognizing that dance makers with operating budgets below $25,000 also need support.

In January 2020, Dance/NYC announced the following recipients of funding:


Grantees were awarded two-year general support grants of $5,000–$15,000 annually, from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021, based on organizational budget size. The 25 grantees were selected by a review panel and were among a competitive pool of over 100 metropolitan New York City area dance groups who submitted applications in response to an open call. Key evaluation criteria included: clear artistic vision and excellence; a dedication to sustaining practice beyond the two-year grant period, with a well-articulated narrative for how the funds will help advance the organization, and a willingness to share learning with the field; commitments and measurable actions in alignment with stated values of diversity, justice, equity, and inclusion; a commitment to paying artists and arts workers a living wage; and a diversity of dance perspectives.


Related Resources:
Announcement of Dance Advancmement Fund 2020-2021 Grantees (January 31,  2020)
Announcement of Dance Advancement Fund 2020-2021 (August 16, 2019)
Call for Proposals (August 23, 2019)
Review Panel, Panel Charter, and Panelist Guide

These and all products generated by Dance/NYC for the Dance Advancement Fund are licensed to the public subject to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.


In October 2017, Dance/NYC announced the following recipients of the inaugural Dance Advancement Fund:

Grantees were awarded two-year general support grants of $5,000–$15,000 annually, from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2019, based on organizational budget size, as well as pro bono marketing support and convening opportunities. The 25 grantees were selected by a review panel and were among a competitive pool of approximately 150 metropolitan New York City area dance groups who submitted applications in response to an open call. Key evaluation criteria included: artistic excellence and clear artistic vision; a well-articulated narrative for how the funds will help advance the organization; a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion; demonstrated organizational and financial health, regardless of budget size; and a commitment to paying artists; and a diversity of organizational types and perspectives.


Related Resources:
Announcement of Dance Advancement Fund Grantees (October 31, 2017)
Announcement of Dance Advancement Fund (May 16, 2017)
Call for Proposals (May 31, 2017)
Review Panel and Review Panel Charter

These and all products generated by Dance/NYC for the Dance Advancement Fund are licensed to the public subject to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.


 

Dance Advancement Fund in the News

Ford Foundation to grant $400K to 25 NYC-based dancers; application deadline near

Staten Island Advance, Victoria Priola, September 10, 2019

 

Small and minority-led dance companies get access to new funds

Crain's New York Business, Miriam Souccar, May 18, 2017

 

More Dance Advancement Fund in the News

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