National Endowment for the Arts: Inviting Applicants for Performing Arts Discovery Program

Deadline: 15 January 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently inviting eligible organizations for a program entitled “Performing Arts Discovery”.

The NEA’s Performing Arts Discovery program supports U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) to undertake performing arts platforms in their region that will showcase the work of U.S. performing artists for presenters based outside of this country.

Program Components

Projects must include two components:

  • One or more performing arts platforms — whether new or existing, such as festivals or performances — that showcase U.S. performing artists of high artistic excellence. Platforms may include several artistic disciplines, emphasize one discipline, or be genre-specific.
    • Each grantee will select and invite U.S. artists to showcase performing arts opportunities in its respective region; implement and monitor multi-day performing arts showcases or identify specific performances of a scheduled festival, or other event, for attendance by foreign arts presenters; pay allowable costs for U.S. presenters and performing artists to participate in the showcases and program activities, if applicable; identify related programming, such as rehearsals or studio visits; and promote the program to assure broad visibility in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Presenters based outside of the U.S. will attend performances and related programming events in order to further expand mutual understanding and information-sharing.
    • Each grantee will select and invite presenters based outside of the U.S. to participate; coordinate and pay for the international and U.S. domestic travel of foreign presenters in accordance with federal laws and regulations (such as all air or other appropriate travel, ground transportation to and from airports/train stations, hotels, and all planned events, and per diem); and assist foreign presenters with travel visas.

Award Information

The NEA expects to award grants of up to $100,000 each, contingent upon the availability of funds.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • U.S. Regional Arts Organizations

How to Apply

Organizations are required to submit their proposals electronically via given website.

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