Dance/NYC Announces New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Grant Program Recipients
The service organization Dance/NYC has announced the 20 recipients of the second edition of the New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program (RSS), made possible through the generous support of the Mellon Foundation. The goal of the program is to provide dance makers who are in critical need of space for the creation and development of their work with affordable rehearsal space, while fostering a more inclusive and just. By addressing the financial barriers to accessing artistic development space, this program aims to advance the art of dance in New York’s five boroughs and contribute to diversity, sustainability, the overall resilience and health of the domain. While dance rehearsal spaces are the direct recipients of funding, individual dance artists and dance-creating organizations are the primary intended beneficiaries of the program. Through the program, dance artists and low-budget dance organizations/groups will have access to affordable and accessible rehearsal space across New York’s five boroughs at rates ranging from $5 to $10 per hour.
This iteration of the RSS program, its components, and its continued evolution are a reflection of ongoing learning and dialogue with past RSS grantees, artists who have used the funded space offered by the program, field partners, Dance/NYC and Dance/NYC Ongoing Research Task Forces and Committees; research related to the broad landscape of dance rehearsal spaces and expertise in the development and operation of cultural spaces; and current events impacting the field.
Each grantee will receive grant funds to provide subsidized dance rehearsal space throughout the grant period (May 1, 2022-December 31, 2024); fees to cover the administrative costs of running the program; in-kind marketing, communications and outreach annually through Dance/NYC platforms; and professional development support in the form of grantee cohort meetings and annual site visits to foster individual and collective learning about the needs of artists and the landscape of dance rehearsal spaces in New York City.
The Dance/NYC New York Rehearsal Space Grant Program provided $1,760,500 between 2019 and 2021 to 16 grantees to collectively provide subsidized rates for more than 65,000 hours of dance rehearsal space in five New York boroughs. As Dance/NYC enters the second iteration of the program, it will distribute over $2 million over the grant period (2022-2024) to 20 rehearsal spaces to provide subsidized rates for dance rehearsal spaces .
Throughout the three phases of the application process, Dance/NYC has remained committed to several key program goals. One of these goals was to prioritize and center the experiences and contribution of individual dance artists at all levels of decision-making, beyond ensuring that artists and organizations have easy access to affordable and accessible rehearsal spaces.
In the first phase of the process, artists were asked to propose spaces they already know, and these places were invited to participate in the expression of interest phase. A review committee made up of artists and dance workers from across the industry evaluated expressions of interest and determined which applicants moved on to the full application phase, which was again evaluated by a review committee. artists.
Another key objective was to create the greatest material benefit and tend to the impact of program participation. Sites that participated in the full application process received an application fee of $2,500 to offset the costs of processing an application, and substantive technical support options were provided to all applicants, including site visits and individual sessions with the program. consultant for assistance in completing key elements of the application. Finally, the review panelists, in collaboration with Dance/NYC, identified a final pool of grantees who collectively increase equity in the distribution of subsidized hours in terms of geography, dance genres, group sizes, budget and demographics of the artists served.
“Across all of our granting programs, Dance/NYC seeks to identify and provide resources that collectively support dance creators and their ability to thrive,” said Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Executive Director of Dance/NYC. NYC. “We recognize that affordable and accessible rehearsal space is an essential resource for the creation and development of dance work, and through this program we seek to ensure that artists and dance organizations of all genders, budget sizes and demographics have equitable access to this fundamental resource.”
• Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
• Cora Dance
• CPR – Center for Performance Research
• Mark Morris Dance Group
• Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement
• Hispanic Ballet
• Harlem Dance Theater
• Fourth block Arts
• Gibney Dance
• Research on movement
• National Institute of Dance
• New York Living Arts
• Open Jar Studios
• PMT Dance House
• Green area
• Topaz Arts
• Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
The 20 grantees include thirteen (13) grantees from the first iteration of the program, seven (7) new applicants, seventeen (17) 501(c)3 groups and three (3) for-profit groups. There will be 69,615 total funded hours over the three-year grant period, including 1,500 in the Bronx and Staten Island, 9,000 in Queens, 19,500 in Brooklyn, and 38,115 in Manhattan (including 2,600 in Mid Manhattan , 7,200 in Upper Manhattan, and 28,315 in Lower Manhattan). The 20 recipients include representatives from New York’s five boroughs: the Bronx (1), Brooklyn (5), Manhattan (11), Queens (2), and Staten Island (1). Recipient entities are majority ALAANA-led (15 out of 20) and include majority gender-identifying and gender non-conforming/non-binary/genderqueer and transgender-led women (16 out of 20), majority immigrant-led (11 out of 20), one (1) with a leadership disability, and nine (9) with LGBTQIA+ leadership.
These grantees were selected by a review committee comprised of artists and dance workers from across the industry, including members of Dance/NYC task forces and committees. Additional information about the review process, including a list of review panelists, can be found by visiting Dance.NYC. Advisory support for the program was provided by Carrie Blake of Webb Mgmt.
Dance/NYC’s mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice and performance of dance in the New York metropolitan area. It integrates the values of justice, equity and inclusion into all aspects of the organization.
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