Monthly Archives: February 2017

Guidelines at a Glance: Theatre

Michele Marie Roberts in the title role of Evita at MusicalFare Theatre. Photo: Jesse Sloier

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Theatre:

Theatre

  • Professional Performances
    • Professional theatre companies and multidisciplinary arts organizations that stage 1+ annual public production(s). NYSCA encourages emerging theatre companies that demonstrate artistic potential and/or accomplishment.
    • Funding can be directed toward artists’ fees or salaries and production expenses.
    • Applicants must be able to demonstrate in their budgets that fees are paid to artistic personnel, including actors.
  • Services to the Field
    • Supports service organizations and activities that provide managerial, artistic or information services to individual theatre artists and/or organizations.
    • Includes publications, professional development through workshops, symposia and roundtables, managerial support, information resources, projects that utilize technology, subsidized space for rehearsals and performances, festivals, and initiatives extending beyond the scope of an organization’s general programming.
    • Applicants must be able to document a history of providing service(s) to the Theatre field of New York State.

 

Guidelines at a Glance: Special Arts Services

 

NYSCA Special Arts Services grantee Borinquen Dance Theatre receives funding for its Self-Development & Dance Program activities for underserved youth.

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Special Arts Services:

Special Arts Services (for historically underserved and/or unique and diverse populations)

  1. Project Support ($5,000+, no more than 50% project budget)
    1. Supports community-based, professionally directed performing arts
      1. Annual programs involving more than one art form, such as exhibitions, presentations of music, dance or theatre, and/or literary readings
      2. Seasons of visual arts exhibitions or film/media screening series
      3. Seasons of programs in a single art form incorporating activities such as workshops, family or youth programs and performances
    2. Supports touring of an exhibition(s) or a performing arts company
    3. Supports services providing access to arts programming within historically underserved communities
    4. Priority is given to organizations that pay fees to artists and curators and those that provide ongoing programming not available elsewhere in the specific community.
    5. Generally, does not support one-time activities such as a single exhibition or festival.
    6. Funding may cover fees for artists, guest curators, designers, film/video rental costs, preparation and production costs, publicity, catalogues or program notes, publication expenses, outreach workshops, and reasonable administrative expenses.
    7. Artists cannot pay a fee of any kind to participate in activities.
  2. Instruction & Training ($5,000+, no more than 50% project budget)
  3. Includes opportunities for study with a goal of advanced training towards a professional career in the arts or instruction in the traditional art of and for members of an ethnic community.
  4. Funding in Pre-Professional and Professional Development is limited to organizations whose priority is serving ethnic and new American populations.
  5. Community-based organizations that have recruited participants served by this Program may apply for scholarships for professional training.
    1. Ineligible: Single-instructor programs; programs offered in cooperation with schools, school districts, or BOCES, and offered during school hours, or which take place immediately after school hours in school facilities; one-time workshops or programs of very short duration; activities in the summer and during school vacations that are not an integral part of year-round instruction and training programs.

Guidelines at a Glance: Presenting Program

Battery Dance receives support through NYSCA’s Presenting Program for its Annual Downtown Dance Festival.

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Presenting:

Presenting

Presenting offers either general support with similar prerequisites to the other programs with the addition that “an organization must present a minimum of 10 discrete presentations by 10 different professional performing artists along with ongoing programs, exhibitions, productions or other art and cultural activities that are open to the general public. Regrants and Partnerships are by invitation only.

  1. Project Support-Presentation
    1. Supports experienced presenters of live professional performing arts. Funding is directed toward costs related to professional performing arts presentations
    2. Applicants must present a minimum of 5 performances by 5 different professional artists over 5 separate dates. The Program considers a festival day to be a single performance even when several artists are presented throughout the day. Festival-only presenters must present a minimum of 3 multiple performance days
  2. Services to the field
  3. Provides funding to advance the presenting field in all areas of management and presentation: professional development workshops, roundtable discussions, symposia, artist showcases, or projects that utilize new technologies. Priority is given to services carried out on a regional or statewide basis.

 

Guidelines at a Glance: Music Program

NYSCA’s Music Program provides General Operating Support for the Glimmerglass Festival. Photo by Karli Cadel.

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Music:

What We Support

  • Public performances by established and emerging professional music organizations
  • Funding is provided for a broad spectrum of musical expression, including chamber, choral, early, new and orchestral music, jazz and opera

Program Priorities

  • Presentation of new and recent repertoire, unless the mission of the applicant is specific to a particular period of music
  • Innovative programming and adventuresome approaches to performance and presentation

Project Support

  • A season or festival of at least three performances in New York State must have been produced annually during the past two years and be projected for the grant period. Opera companies must produce at least two fully staged operas, with orchestra, or one fully staged opera plus at least one concert accompanied by an instrumental ensemble
  • Applicants must demonstrate a consistent policy of fair payment to musicians. Applicants may refer to the applicant guidelines for payment equal to or exceeding the minimum local union scale of the American Federation of Musicians and/or the American Guild of Musical Artists
  • Programming should include educational and interpretive components designed to foster audience understanding and engagement in the musical event.

Community Music Schools

  • The core activities of community music schools are supported. A community music school is defined as an organized and permanent non-degree granting, nonprofit institution that owns or operates an accessible cultural facility. It provides year-round instruction and programming to all interested persons, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, financial means or level of ability
  • Serves at least 100 students over the course of a year through a sequential curriculum, with articulated standards of mastery for beginning, intermediate and advanced students
  • Provides scholarship support for a substantial proportion of the student body

Services to the Field

  • Supports professional services on a regional or statewide basis to music organizations and artists
  • Services may include technical assistance in administrative areas, projects that utilize technology, booking and promotion services, professional development for individual artists and administrators, concert and artist management, and facilities for performance and composition that incorporate new technologies

 

Musical Instrument Loan Support

  • Any NYSCA funded organization may apply for a low-interest loan to purchase an instrument through our Musical Instrument Revolving Loan Fund.
  • Application is through a separate, simple process of application, with required materials and deadline to be announced in the summer or fall of 2017

Guidelines at a Glance: Museum Program

Albright-Knox Art Gallery receives General Operating Support through NYSCA’s Museum Program.

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Museum:

General Operating Support

GOS ranged from $5,000 to $110,000 last year. For GOS the application review considers all facets of the museum – the best candidates for GOS support are strong in all areas of museum operations.

Project Support ($2,500-$25,000)

  • Examples: exhibitions, education programs, public programs, interpretation, collections research, catalogs, audience development, and services to the field.
  • Recent awards range from $5,000 – $25,000; not more than 50% of project budget

 

 

Guidelines at a Glance: Literature

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Literature: 

  1. Book & Literary Magazine Publication
    • Includes project support for artistic, editorial, production, promotional and distribution costs incurred in the publication of the work of noncommercial literary presses and magazines, including online and digital publishers
    • Publishers must principally publish poetry, fiction, drama, or literary (creative) nonfiction. Publishers demonstrating an ongoing commitment to payment of authors and editors will be given priority.
    • First-time applicants in this category are required to contact NYSCA staff before submitting a request.
    • University presses, writing competitions, and projects requiring writers to pay manuscript reading fees are not eligible
  2. Public Programs
    • Includes project support to organizations that present professional literary writers to the public as part of a reading series, writing workshops, literary festivals and book fairs, book discussion groups led by published writers, lectures by writers, writers’ tours, and literary programs involving electronic media.
    • Funding is directed toward writers’/curators’ fees and promotional activities
  3. Literary Translation ($2,500-$10,000)
    • Support for translators’ fees for the completion of literary translations in progress into English. Accuracy and literary quality of the translation are paramount
    • Translators must be New York State residents and may not submit the same project to NYSCA more than once.
    • Literary magazine and book publishers are encouraged to apply on behalf of translators they plan to publish.

Guidelines at a Glance: Individual Artists

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Individual Artists:

Individual Artists (all must come through sponsoring organizations)

  1. Composer Commissions ($2,500-$10,000, project must culminate in public performance)
    • Offered annually in a variety of music genres to an individual artist project for the creation of a new work specified in the application
    • May be requested by musical, presenting or other organizations, including commissions for dance or theatre,  film, video, or radio scores
    • May involve solo work or collaboration; only the principal artist may receive funding
    • Project must culminate in a public performance of the complete work or work-in-progress; however, a full scale production is not required
  2. Dance Commissions ($2,500-$10,000 for choreography)
    • Dance Commissions provides support for New York State-based professional dance companies to bring in a guest choreographer or for venues of 199 seats or less that have a prior NYSCA funding history for a professional presenting series and regularly present dance. Commissions must culminate in a public performance.
  3. Theater Artist Commissions ($2,500-$10,000, must culminate in public performance)
    • Requests are considered for Theatre Artist Commissions by: playwrights, directors, designers, librettists, solo theatre artists, performance artists
  4. Film, Media and New  Technology Production ($5,000-$25,000)
    • Genres: Animation, Art/Experimental, Audio Art/Installation,Installation/Performance, Interactive/Digital Technology, Narrative, Radio (pre/post, production), Documentary (post-production only)
    • Must culminate in a public performance

Guidelines at a Glance: Folk Arts

Photo courtesy of the Kunqu Society, a FY17 Folk Arts grantee receiving funding to present four performances to introduce the Kunqu performing art to the public, performed by the Kunqu Society artists, guest artists and students of the Kunqu Workshop.

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Folk Arts:

What are Folk Arts?

Folk arts are traditional cultural expressions practiced within and among ethnic, regional, occupational and religious communities as well as other kinds of groups. They are usually learned informally through performance, by example or in oral traditions and maintained over time among families, friends, neighbors and co-workers rather than formal education. The practice of folk arts stems from birthright, community membership or direct participation in the life of a community. Never static, folk arts change as artists create innovations recognized by other community members and as traditions are adapted to new circumstances while maintaining their traditional qualities.

Program Priorities Include:

  • Both projects designed to safeguard traditions within communities and programming that enable audiences to experience traditions of other cultures are supported
  • Development of projects in close consultation and collaboration with the communities and artists whose traditions are to be presented. Support is not available for programming involving artists who appropriate, interpret, or revive the traditions of other communities.
  • Presentations grounded in the traditional modes of practicing folk art are encouraged. The Folk Arts Program does not support programming involving choreography, theatricalization, or stylization that substantially alters traditions.
  • Professional direction through folklorists, ethnomusicologists, or other appropriate staff consultants for program development, field research to document artists, interpretation and the production of presentations for general audiences.
  • Interpretive practices that aid appreciation and understanding of a tradition’s meaning and contexts, especially for unfamiliar art forms. These may include program booklets or other publications, websites, lecture/demonstrations, spoken introductions to performances, and/or interpretive signage to aid appreciation and understanding of a tradition’s meaning and contexts.

Funding Categories Most Relevant to New Applicants:

Project Support (may include field research expenses)

Supports concerts, performances, visual arts, exhibitions, festivals, lectures, demonstrations, residencies, oral narrative programs of traditional folk arts.

Folk Arts Apprenticeships (up to $5,000; includes up to $500 in administrative costs)

    1. Provide individuals experienced in a folk art with opportunities to study with master folk artists from their own community
    2. Funding priority is for the master’s fee.
    3. Priority is given to apprenticeships involving the transmission of traditions no longer widely practiced

Technical Assistance

  • Available to any individual or organization engaged in or planning folk arts programs in New York State.
  • Encompasses diverse formats for technical assistance, including both short-term and long-term consulting, visits to the consultant’s organization to observe activities, and assistance for master folk artists to advise other artists. Support is provided to attend conferences and meetings in New York State, observe exemplary programs, and interact with colleagues.
  • Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

For technical assistance, contact: New York Folklore Society/ nyfs@folklore.org/518 346-7008