Dance/NYC Announces Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition

Dance/NYC has announced its Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition, made possible through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts.

The purpose of this fund is to continue Dance/NYC’s existing relief efforts and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on individual dance creators and low-budget dance-creating organizations and groups with budgets including between $10,000 and $250,000 based in New York State. The Fund will prioritize individual dance makers and low-budget organizations and groups living outside of the New York metropolitan area and provide unrestricted relief to those who have suffered financial loss due to the spread of COVID- 19 and social restriction measures implemented to contain the disease.

This fund is an extension of Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund (Dance.NYC/COVID-19/Relief-Fund/2020), which was established in 2020 to mitigate the growing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. on independent dancers. and low-budget organizations based in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey between March 2020 and August 2020. The 2020 Fund has prioritized supporting communities hardest hit by COVID-19, including: Africans, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) Dance Workers, Disabled, Immigrant, and Female-Identifying, Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and/or Nonbinary, as well as those at high risk, including older and immunocompromised dance workers. In total, the 2020 Fund awarded 1,082 scholarships to 734 independent freelancers and relief grants to 125 different organizations for a total of $1,000,500 over the grant period.

Similar to the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund 2020, the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition will be disbursed through a two-tier funding model, allowing the allocation of funds to meet the unique needs of dance creators and organizations/groups , whose income is primarily dependent on in-person activities such as performances, classes, live events, and who often have less access to unemployment protection, savings and/or cash reserves, and to multiple sources of funding.

Through the first level of support (Level I), selected individual dance creators (choreographers and individual dancers) will receive one-time grants of $1,500. Dance/NYC plans to award up to 100 grants through Tier I, totaling $150,000 based on need. The second tier of support (Tier II) will award one-time grants between $2,500 and $5,000 to approximately 45-60 dance-creating organizations and/or fiscally sponsored groups with budgets between $10,000 and $250,000, totaling $238,572.

Individual dance creators and dance creating organizations will have the ability to apply for funds via an online application form, with criteria specific to each funding level, allowing Dance/NYC to remain adaptable to the specific needs of each. impacted group.

The Tier I application for Individual Dance Makers will open on March 30, 2022 and is expected to close on April 20, 2022, although it may close earlier if more than 1500 applications are received by that date. Tier II application for organizations and groups will open April 6, 2022 and close May 4, 2022. For more information on Tier I and Tier II applications, visit Dance.NYC.

The Fund will prioritize support for communities most impacted by COVID-19, including: low-income artists, ALAANA, disabled, immigrants, older, immunocompromised and female-identifying, transgender, gender non-conforming and/or or non-binary; artists who are parents, guardians or primary care providers; and artists living in zip codes disproportionately affected by COVID-19 deaths and cases. Individuals and organizations headquartered in the New York metropolitan area are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to individuals and organizations based in counties outside of New York’s five boroughs. Individuals and organizations who are current and past recipients of Dance/NYC refinancing programs as well as individuals and organizations who have not previously been funded by Dance/NYC are encouraged to apply. Recipients of the NYSCA FY21 and FY22 Statewide Community Regrant Partners program, in addition to applicants who have not received an FY22 NYSCA grant, are also invited to apply. Additional information on eligibility and application requirements will be available in the open call for proposals.

Visit Dance.NYC/COVID-19/Relief-Fund/2022/Overview for more details on Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition and the open call for proposals.

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