Dance Metro DC Announces Two New Granting Initiatives for the DC Area Dance Community

Dance Metro DC Announces Two New Granting Initiatives for the DC Area Dance Community

Washington, DC – Dance Metro DC, the regional service organization for dance in the DC area announces two new grant programs designed to put resources directly into the hands of artists, strengthen existing dance networks in the region, and reach the full spectrum of the DC area dance community.

  • The 2015 Choreographers Commission Grant
  • The Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program

2015 Choreographer’s Commission Grant
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Dance Metro DC’s 2015 Choreographer’s Commission Grant program exists to support the creation and development new dance works created by dance-makers in the DC metropolitan area. Dance Metro DC will award 3 (three) commission grants at $2,000 each towards the development of new work by DC area choreographers. The commission grant program will also include a series of monthly professional development sessions aimed at helping dance artists and choreographers to strengthen their position in the field and enhance the business skills necessary to successfully thrive as a choreographer in the DC area. The selected commissionees will be presented in a shared evening concert in the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Theater at Dance Place on September 12 & 13, 2015.

Professional Development
Professional development sessions will be free for the selected commissionees and will be open to the public for a nominal fee of $15 per session. Dance Metro DC members may participate for $5 per session. Dance Metro DC will provide the following sessions as part of this program:

  • Fundraising: build your network to leverage your grant for additional support
  • Budgeting and Finance: develop a realistic project budget
  • Writing About Your Work: describe your creative process and artistic vision
  • Marketing: develop a publicity strategy for your work
  • Peer/Mentor Feedback: receive critical feedback from peers, invited guests and mentors (there will be 3 [three] Peer/Mentor Feedback sessions)

Deadlines
Applications will be available via the Dance Metro DC website on October 1, 2014. The deadline for submission will be November 15, 2014 at 5:00pm. Commission recipients will be announced on January 5, 2015.

Adjudication Process
An independent panel consisting of professional members of the dance community will select recipients based on artistic merit and capacity to engage in all aspects of the 2015 Dance Commission program. Identities of the selection panel will be made public and posted on the Dance Metro DC website.

Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

Artistic Merit

  • Does the applicant demonstrate a commitment to artistic rigor, professional discipline and a unique artistic aesthetic?

  • Does the applicant demonstrate an understanding of the artistic significance of their work within the larger context of the field of dance?

  • Does the applicant’s work reveal compelling artistry, creative inquiry and technical proficiency within their self-identified genre?

  • To what extent does the applicant demonstrate creative innovation?

Capacity

  • Does the applicant demonstrate the ability to carry out the project towards the development of a 20-30 minute new work?

  • Does the applicant demonstrate a commitment to building their professional skill set and strengthening their position in the field of dance?

Who May Apply
Applicants must be dance-makers, current members of Dance Metro DC (at any level) and reside within the Dance Metro DC service area (the District of Columbia; Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland; Fairfax County, Arlington County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia).

Rehearsal Space Subsidy Lottery Program
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Dance Metro DC’s 2015 Rehearsal Space Subsidy program exists to increase the accessibility of rehearsal / studio space for dance-makers in the DC metropolitan area. Dance Metro DC will award 4 (four) Rehearsal Space Subsidy Grants at $500 each towards the costs of rehearsal / studio space. Subsidy payments will be made directly to the studio / venue identified by the selected applicants. Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program Grantees will be selected by random lottery from the pool of eligible applicants.

Deadlines
Applications will be available via the Dance Metro DC website on October 1, 2014. The deadline for submission will be November 15, 2014 at 5:00pm. Rehearsal Space Subsidy Grant recipients will be announced on January 5, 2015.

Adjudication Process
An independent panel consisting of professional members of the dance community will identify eligible applicants based on artistic merit and identified need. Subsidy recipients will be selected by random lottery from a pool of all eligible applicants.

Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed for eligibility on the basis of the following criteria:

Artistic Merit – Does the applicant demonstrate creative innovation?
Need – Does the applicant express current rehearsal space issues and provide evidence of need for this subsidy?

Who May Apply
Applicants must be dance-makers, current members of Dance Metro DC (at any level) and reside within the Dance Metro DC service area (the District of Columbia; Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland; Fairfax County, Arlington County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia)

Additional Information

Applicants may apply for both the Choreographer’s Commission Grant and the Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, however, recipients are not eligible to receive more than one grant award. Priority will be given to artists who have not received commission awards from Dance Metro DC in the past. In order to reach an applicant pool reflective of the diversity of the DC area dance community, applicants will be asked to self-identify the dance genre that BEST describes their work from the following categories:

Contemporary (Modern / Post-Modern / Jazz / Aerial / Experimental / Performance Art)
Hip-Hop / Urban / Step
Ballet (Classical / Contemporary)
Percussive (Tap / Clogging / Flamenco/ Celtic)
Culturally Specific (Native / Latino / Asian / African / Middle Eastern / Ballroom / Tango / Caribbean)
Other(s) _________________________________

About Dance Metro DC

Dance Metro DC works to foster the conditions necessary for dance to thrive in the DC region. As the service organization for dance in the metropolitan area, Dance Metro DC serves the entire dance community from individual artists and devoted patrons, to large companies and presenters. We offer marketing opportunities and resources, visibility for the field, initiatives for connection and convening, and audience and professional development; all in support of artistry in dance throughout the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Dance Metro DC is located at 545 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 in the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Dance Metro DC invites members of the metropolitan DC dance community to become a member (the most inexpensive membership level is $20) and list resources, performances, workshops, master classes, special events, auditions, submission deadlines, professional development and opportunities via the online forms at dancemetrodc.org.

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