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Apply for the 2009-2010 DC Performing Arts Presenters Initiative

Sunday, April 19, 2009

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) announce the release of guidelines and applications for the 2009-10 DC Presenters Initiative, a program designed to give small and midsized producing and presenting organizations an opportunity to apply for grants to broaden their programming and expand audiences. 

This initiative supports District-based nonprofit organizations presenting performing artists from the midatlantic region (but outside of DC) or from outside the United States. The initiative is designed to encourage DC-based presenters to take advantage of regional funding opportunities provided by MAAF, expand artistic programming, or reach new audiences.

The application deadline is Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 7 pm. This is a receipt deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

  • All programs must take place between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
  • Organizations may apply for up to two project grants, each not to exceed $2,000. A 1:1 match is required.
    Proposed artists must reside outside of D.C. and in one of the mid-Atlantic states, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. Artists may also reside outside the US.
  • Priority will be given to projects involving artists based outside a 50-mile radius of the District of Columbia.
  • Priority will be given to projects proposing artists or genres with whom applicants have no prior history, or whose fees have been beyond applicants' means, in an effort to expand artistic programming and reach new audiences
  • Priority consideration will be given to projects reaching underserved audiences.  For the purposes of this program, an underserved community is one in which individuals lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability or age.
  • The program is designed to help organizations with modest-sized project budgets where the grant(s) will make a significant impact on the organization’s ability to carry out the activity. 
  • Eligible projects must include a public performance.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities(DCCAH) offers free assistance in preparation of DCCAH grants and can help you create the best possible application while learning about other DCCAH grant opportunities. “Workshop Wednesdays” is offered every other Wednesday and by special request for this purpose. The next “Workshop Wednesday” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 from 6-7:30 pm at the Honfleur Art Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road, SE. If you are unable to attend this workshop, contact Victoria Murray at (202) 724-5613 or [email protected] to set up an appointment to discuss your application to the DC Performing Arts Presenters Initiative.

Download the guidelines and application forms below. For more information or if you have questions about this program, contact Victoria Murray (202) 724-5613.

DC Performing Arts Presenters Initiative Guidelines and Application Forms