Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program (RSS) was established to address financial barriers to accessing artistic development space within the New York City dance field. Each grantmaking program builds on Dance/NYC’s ongoing and iterative learnings across its core services including: action-oriented research; advocacy; technological resources through Dance.NYC; leadership training, networking, and convening; and other grantmaking programs; as well as the organizational values of justice, equity, and inclusion embedded into all aspects of its programs and services.

New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program (2019-2021, 2022-2024)

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 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. As of 2021, the Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program has provided $1,760,500 in funding to 16 unique dance rehearsal space facilities to subsidize rehearsal space rentals, collectively offering more than 65,000 hours over three years across all five boroughs. 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. Learn more about the previous iteration of the program.

In 2022-2024, Dance/NYC is once again administering the program, and intends to provide a grantee cohort of an anticipated 16-18 rehearsal space facilities a total of over $2 million over the 36-month grant period. Learn more about the 2022-2024 iteration of the fund. Requests for Expressions of Interest opened Tuesday, November 16, 2021 will be due Friday, December 10, 2021.




Artist Nominations of Venues

The experiences of artists are central to this grant program, which grants funding that subsidizes the costs of venues to provide affordable hourly rental rates to the dance community. Dance/NYC invites artists and choreographers, administrators, producers, managers, and all members of our community that use rehearsal space to nominate studios for consideration in the program. Any studio can be nominated, regardless of size, location, or business structure (i.e.: 501(c)(3), for-profit spaces, etc.).  

Nominated spaces will be provided with more information on the program and invited to respond to a Request for Expressions of Interest. Nomination forms closed on November 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Artist nominations serve to highlight rehearsal space facilities that may not otherwise pursue participation in the program and further function as recommendations of a venue’s effective service to the field. NOTE: Spaces may apply regardless of whether they have received artist nominations.

Photo of dancer Kevin Pajarillaga against a black background, slightly obscured by plexiglass and fog. Text reads: Gibney Company, Up Close. June 14-18, 2022. New York Live Arts.

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