Monday, July 02, 2007

Rockefeller Foundation Creates New Arts Fund

You've got to have a $250K annual budget to qualify, and this is not theatre centric specifically, but everyone should be aware of this new project.

This is the link to the online application.

Here are some of the guidelines:

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to contributing to the cultural vitality, energy and diversity that define New York, the Foundation's home since its founding in 1913. New York City is currently experiencing tremendous economic, demographic, and social transformation, opening new possibilities to enhance the City’s traditional role as a global capital of creativity, culture and diversity and to ensure the future vitality of its cultural sector.

To help ensure that the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund projects demonstrate a high potential for innovation and creative engagement, the Rockefeller Foundation has named three leaders from the fields of innovation and the arts to serve as advisors to the Fund:

*Lowery Stokes Sims, Visiting Professor at Queens College and Hunter College and former President of the Studio Museum in Harlem
* David Thorpe, Senior Partner and Global Director of Innovation, Ogilvy Worldwide
* Andrew Zolli, Founder, Z + Partners, a consulting firm specializing in analyzing cultural, technological and global trends, and curator of the annual Pop!Tech Conference

The goal of the Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund is to recognize and support programmatic innovation and new opportunities in the cultural arena that will strengthen and advance the role the arts play in the future of the City.

To qualify, organizations must meet the following criteria:
* An annual budget of at least $250,000
* Tax exempt or other charitable status

Two-year grants, each totaling between $50,000 and $250,000, will be made for projects that fall into one or more of the following categories:
* Programming and premieres of new artistic work that demonstrate innovation and can activate new directions in the artistic breadth and depth of institutions in the visual, performing and media arts
* Creative engagement with the issues shaping New York City’s future cultural and civic agenda
* Partnerships that bring cultural and community-based institutions together with universities and the private sector
* Interventions designed to confront longstanding bottlenecks and limitations on the expansion of cultural vitality with fresh approaches and solutions

Please note...
...that organizations awarded funds in the 2007 round will not be eligible for an award in 2008.

Interested organizations are asked to briefly describe their proposed project in the NYC Fund for Cultural Innovation Web-based project submission form.

The 2007 deadline for initial application is July 20, 2007. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by August 20, 2007.

The deadline for submission of full proposals is September 14, 2007. The Foundation will announce the Cultural Innovation grants in November 2007.

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parabasis said...

There's some pretty cool stuff in here! I wonder about the $250K budget requirement.

ALthough the weirdest thing is that a professor/former museum president, an ad man and a trend analyzer are considered "three leaders from the fields of innovation and the arts".

Ah well, nothing is perfect. Thanks for the heads up.

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